Followup: *Big Brother UK* poly star makes scantily-clad splash
|Jade-Martina Lynch exiting the stage|
For better or worse, polyamory's most visible face in the UK and Ireland is now Jade-Martina Lynch. She's the much-publicized out poly contestant on the new season of the popular reality show Big Brother UK. The season opened last night.
On the celebrities-and-entertainment site Xpose.ie:
Polyamorous Dublin model Jade gets a mixed reaction on entering Big Brother house
The Dubliner wore a black leotard entering the house, leaving little to the imagination
Dubliner Jade-Martina Lynch entered the Big Brother house tonight to a mixed reaction from the show's fans.
In her opening video, she said that she doesn’t believe in monogamy and she follows a polyamorous lifestyle.
Asked what her bad points were, she responded: "Have you seen me? Like, none".
The crowd responded to her entrance with a mixture of boos and cheers [same as for practically everyone].
The original (May 12, 2015).
Video of her introduction (0:51).
In the tabloid Mirror:
Big Brother 2015: Jade-Martina Lynch wears raunchiest outfit EVER as she gushes about being 'polyamorous'
...The brunette model announced she was 'polyamorous' in her opening video, gushing about the merits of an open relationship as she sent pulses racing in the one-piece.
She previously said: "I am single but I'm polyamorous so I am very open when it comes to relationships and sexual situations. I'm not going in there looking for love but you never know what will happen."
Whole article (May 12, 2015).
From The Irish Independent:
In Jade's pre-recorded interview she said, "I do high fashion, high fashion lingerie. I describe myself as, obviously I'm beautiful, I'm energetic, free, sexual. My favourite night out would be naked in a forest somewhere."
She added, "I'm polyamorous. Aren't we always single?" and said, "If there's conflict in the house, I'll walk away or else I'll bite, hard."
Jade, who has participated in pageants in Dublin for the past six years, arrived in a revealing bodysuit and towered over host Emma Willis who asked her if she was single.
"I'm in an open relationship," she said. Asked if she would hook up with everyone in the house, she laughed, "Shall we see? Let the games begin."
Whole article (May 12, 2015).
She gave an interview about her views a few days ago, as I posted.
Remember the last young model to fill the hot-polyamorist slot in a vote-them-off-the-island style reality show? That was Dedeker Winston, in Fox's failed Utopia last fall. She was intelligent, perceptive, a thoughtful activist, and worth better than such a dumb, cynical show. (She and her mates continue doing poly awareness via their Multiamory podcast and website.)
By contrast Lynch strikes me so far as kind of a ditz, even considering the type of media we're seeing her through. Does anyone here know her better?
Randy of Polyamory Ireland posts, "Our Irish polyamory group (the only one in the country) has been active with monthly meetings and other events since 2008. So far, nobody connected with the group has come forward to say they know this person.... Let's hope she is a role model that people will respect and look up to!
Update: Here's a video clip from the first episode, in which she describes her poly orientation to other cast members. At the end she answers a question with, "I only think you can be truly in love with one person. I do think you can love other people."
Cue the letdown.
Followup August 1, 2015: She was booted from the house on June 19, and it sounds like it was ugly (hey, what's a reality show for?) Today, a month and a half later, the Belfast Telegraph runs a long, thoughtful interview with her in which she comes off as deeper and more intelligent, if divided, than she seemed to be. She discusses her discovery of polyamory, and its meaning to her, at some length.