It might seem a little melodramatic, but I think Big Brother this season is an excellent example of the 5 stages of grief in a compressed, reality tv show time frame:
1. Denial- This cannot be happening. How did they even find this many truly awful people?
2. Anger- This is horrible, and I kind of want to smack everyone involved.
3. Bargaining- Please, just don’t let Dick or Daniele win. Please. I’ll stop expecting anyone with a shred of decency to be on this show, I promise.
4. Depression- If the producers don’t want to do anything, what can you do?
5. Acceptance- Daniele’s going to win, and no one can stop it. Whatever. When’s Survivor coming back?
It looks like the powers that be over at Big Brother this year will be getting their wish- it’s been fairly apparent since the beginning that they were pushing for a Dick/Daniele final two, and it seems that everything’s in order to make that happen. So rather than wait until the inevitable happens, I thought I’d beat the rush and go on the record now with a rather startling conclusion I’ve come to: Dick isn’t the most awful person on the show this season. Daniele is.
No, Dick hasn’t corrected his behavior, and Daniele has yet to suggest anyone should be raped, but she’s still surpassed him in terms of my loathing. Because the more that I see, the more I become convinced that he’s actually incapable of behaving in any other way, whereas she has brief moments of clarity that make it clear that she can and chooses to be horrible because it gets her what she wants with little in the way of consequences. I hate bullies, but there’s a group that’s worse than that- the people who encourage the bullies and get them to do their dirty work and then complain that people are punishing them for the bully’s behavior just because they endorsed and benefited from it. The nerve of those people, expecting her to be appalled by abusive disgusting behavior just because it’s, you know, abusive and disgusting.
Which is exactly what Daniele’s been doing all season. She’s been trying to make people feel sorry for her because of her father (having met Dick, how could they not?) and then running to complain to him about how mean people are to her, knowing that he’ll run off to target his abuse on them. Which is awful, but still unfortunately human- the problem in my opinion is that she’s probably going to be rewarded for this behavior.
I’m usually one of the people who thinks reality shows aren’t rigged in general, but this season of this show has been so horribly skewed in both its editing and the totally-not-random selection of which houseguests have been punished for which rule-breaking actions that I can’t for a second believe that they haven’t been manipulating the conclusion from the start. For some reason, this is what the people running the show wanted to try for- a winner who’s young/thin/blonde and fulfills a dozen different horrible stereotypes of women. Someone who laughed in the face of the Head of Household during the nomination ceremony on Sunday, but would scream and cry and pout like a toddler if anyone dared to do that to her. Who claims to have been horribly handicapped and put upon because of her father, while taking advantage of everything that does for her- basically giving her two votes to everyone else’s one, someone who’s taken her off the block for elimination, and being one of only two people in the house who had an ally they could be absolutely certain wouldn’t stab them in the back- and refuses to admit to those advantages, even when no one else is listening.
For some reason, this is the type of person the producers decided to warp the game for to get into the final two. The only reasons I can come up with are that they either think this is a good thing, they think this is the best they can hope for from a female winner, or they find it reassuring to see a girl this horrible on television because she’s easy to categorize and isn’t a threat to anyone’s sense of superiority. Are there any other options I’ve missed? Because I don’t think there even is a best-case scenario there.