Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Riddle Me This...

Why is it that on Big Brother the majority alliance is always the most reprehensible one? Was it just me or as children did we think the cool kids were... well, just that: cool? Have things really changed so much in two decades, or is it only with time and perspective that we can see them for what they really are? And if we, as adults, can, why can't those in the house? Case in point: tonight on Big Brother 10, four of the housemates ganged up on another to talk crap about her because she was a "floater," and apparently they didn't respect the strategy of being on friendly terms with just about everyone in the house.

When I was in college I was told I should try out for Big Brother. One of the clients at the television station on campus had connections at the show and told me I had the type of personality they look for in casting (now I don't know if I should be offended by that remark!), and at the time, I thought I should go for it. In fact, since the show mainly involved lounging around a house in the valley, I figured it was the only reality show I'd have a shot at winning. Ultimately what stopped me from sending in a tape was the age requirement on the application: it said 21, and I was 19 at the time, though a few years later they seemed to bend those rules for another Danielle (Donato). Anyway, the point is that I have been a floater my entire mature life: in seventh grade I got really turned off by the whole "mean girls" mentality and begin to distance myself from my "clique." In high school, then, I followed my own path and hung out with people in various groups, never too closely aligning with any of them. Reality stars are not known for maturity, though, and since I can't stomach the idea of reverting to a junior high attitude, I guess I don't stand a chance at that half a million after all.

And PS: what was with the Power of Veto game? CBS showed us more of the squinting players than the actual clue board. Then they cut to extreme close-ups of the license plates like they assumed America was too stupid to figure it out for themselves. I'm beginning to hate this show again.

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