Former Big Brother Australia cast member, Nathan Little, has claimed he was “isolated”, “starved” and threatened with “violence” while filming the reality show in 2013.
On June 19, Nathan called for reality TV stars to band together to create a “Me Too-style revolt” about the conditions they face during and after production.
Referring to a news.com.au article about Married at First Sight stars who were diagnosed with PTSD, Nathan described his own experience on Big Brother in 2013, which was also aired on Channel Nine at the time.
“PTSD is rife amongst ex reality show contestants [sic],” Nathan claimed.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have been through a traumatic event that threatened their own or others’ life or safety, according to BeyondBlue.
“I was isolated for five days then starved, sleep-deprived, locked in a single room with someone threatening violence, had no sense of time and under 24-hour surveillance [sic],” he said, vouching it was “no picnic”.
However, Nathan didn’t claim he had personally been diagnosed with PTSD.
Big Brother‘s Nathan Little Believed The Reality TV Industry Would Be Faced With a Me Too Movement Led By Former Participants
In since-deleted tweets, Nathan explained he believed the TV industry will look back on “the practices they [employed] with utter disbelief”.
“I believe there will be a Me Too [Movement] style revolt once enough people pull together. The entire production process is shrouded in mystery and non-disclosure agreements,” he wrote.
Nathan has previously spoken out about his co-stars Tim Dormer and Anthony “Drew” Drew, claiming they made his “Big Brother experience a living hell”, before suggesting producers would edit out a lot of the conflict.
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