There was a time when Boy George sat on top of the world. At the apex of Culture Club's popularity, George was an international superstar, recognized for his gender-bending take on fashion and his brutally catchy pop songs like "Karma Chameleon," "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me." But the man born George O'Dowd has fallen quite a bit in the past decade — so far, in fact, that he has been denied access to a U.K. reality TV show.
A British court blocked George's attempt to get into the cast of "Celebrity Big Brother," citing the fact that he is currently on probation for assault and false imprisonment of a male escort. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison but was released and put on probation after sixteen weeks. (It wasn't the first time George had a run-in with the law, as he had to do five days of community service for the New York City Department of Sanitation after he was arrested for cocaine possession and falsely reporting a burglary.)
Court officials worried that allowing George to appear on the show would undermine the probation system and would cause people to lose faith in the courts. The new season of "Celebrity Big Brother" is a particularly big deal in the U.K., as the show will enter its tenth and final season in 2010. No other cast members have been announced.
What do you think? Should George be allowed on the show having paid his debt to society, or does it undermine his punishment? Leave your thoughts in the comments!