Germaine Greer: From feminist to flunky

Last updated at 17:37 10 January 2005

It is a sight fans of Britain's most celebrated feminist never expected to see - Germaine Greer arguing over who is boss in the kitchen.

Observers were shocked to find the feminist icon, who once said watching Big Brother was "about as dignified as looking through the keyhole in your teenage child's bedroom door", had joined the show.

Watching the 65-year-old coo over racing pundit John McCririck with a bowl of vegetable curry put the respected writer and academic in a whole new light.

Now she appears to have sunk to new depths - battling with blonde model Brigitte Nielsen over who runs the Big Brother kitchen.

The tension between the pair was tangible when the Danish model and actress entered the kitchen, saying that DJ Lisa I'Anson, who has been made Queen for the day, "would like to have breakfast".

The ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone announced "Right, eggs," and prepared to join in the cooking action - but Greer was having none of it, telling her "Uh-uh-uh, my job".

The outspoken critic and author of The Female Eunuch, a call for an end to sexual repression, reminded Nielsen that Queen Lisa had decided who was pre-eminent in the kitchen.

When the Dane replied: "If she changes her mind, it's not my fault", Greer countered: "I hope you don't mind if I go and check."

Marching in to confront I'Anson, Greer said that she did not need Nielsen's help cooking breakfast.

"I can do it all," she said. "What I can't do is find my way round her."

Meanwhile, John McCririck has been accused of using tic-tac to communicate with outsiders from the Big Brother house.

The eccentric has been holding a silent protest after show bosses left the contestants without milk or Diet Coke.

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