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Aug032013

We Do It For the Fans!

Although I try to be an equal-opportunity snark, human nature precludes that I'll set my spears on an individual or two. In the past, it's primarily been the vets that have in my mind ruined the game. This year, it was initially Elissa as I didn't think the MVP twist was fair to the rest of the house (plus I feel that family's fanbase is batshit crazy). As the season has progressed, others have popped in and out of my sarcastic radar.

At the end of the day, though, I really don't care who wins. I just want there to be a combination of interesting people at the end so I don't lose interest. Seriously, the idea of a Helen/Andy/Candice finale is a nightmare scenario. There has to be one "villain" to last to the end, even if they have no chance of actually winning. 

Many people, though, seem incapable of looking at this game in any other vision than the eyesight of their favorite player. Anybody that is against that person is evil incarnate, and that person's fan base should be ridiculed, condemned, or, in the case of twitter, sabotaged by reporting it to twitter as abusive.

It's bullshit, people. Enjoy which ever player you want, and dislike those you truly don't like, but don't lecture others that don't think like you. Why should it matter? It would be REALLY boring if we all thought the same.

What set me off today? It's an issue that's been festering for days, especially after the discovery that the family's of a good portion of the case are being harassed at all hours of the day and night. I'm not just talking about those that have used questionable language, either. Portions of the Big Brother community have turned into complete morons. There used to be an unspoken rule that families are to remain off limits, but apparently that's no longer the case.

Furthering my anger at the community is the reactions I'm reading to Amanda freaking out at being the MVP nomination. As her critics salivate at being able to spend their entire day over-tweeting about how much they hate her, they also are digging in to toss the same kind of verbal grenades at those who do like her.

So let me toss this out at you. This MVP thing is a mindfuck now that it's not a weekly Elissa event. They're all freaked out about the identity of the "person" making this pick. Yes, Amanda is over-the-top paranoid about the identity of who nominated her. Isn't that natural?

What would happen if the MVP had been Helen? She'd be crying to some people, and interogating others. Or both. If it had been Candice, there's be another episode of her silly fake show where she'd attempt to call everybody out. Eliisa would run to the diary room to get answers from her buddies. 

The point is that any of them would be acting out in some way. None of them would look calm or gracious. I'm not saying that you can't criticize or poke fun at their reactions. But to say that person's fans are "delusional" for simply being disappointed or raising questions on how this happened is ridiculous. 

Reader Comments (12)

So say we all. SO SAY WE ALL!

I don't necessarily blame BB fans for their seeming inability to speak civilly with each other even when they disagree about the events of the game or about which house guest they like or dislike. This is simply, and unfortunately, the new norm in American society. There is no "Let's agree to disagree, and still respect each other while doing so." There is mostly only "You don't think exactly the way I do? You don't believe exactly what I believe? You don't like or dislike exactly who and what I like and dislike? Then you must be a raving lunatic who should at the very least get out of my sight and ideally should go find a tall building to jump out of and take all your friends with you, you freak!"

Which is why I don't watch TV news any more and why I attempt to enjoy some escape in the form of mostly innocuous reality television. Not that this strategy always works.

Oh, and anybody who doesn't think Helen is the [best / worst] player ever should just go straight to-- (cough) ... Right ... Sorry. So easy to get caught up in it. Just ask the house guests.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTarget John
TargetJohn is spot on. It's just a reflection of today's society. It's a me first world out there and I'm always right and you are wrong mentality. Also no one is ever at fault and blame it on others such as Aaryn & Amanda blaming their racism on Candice. She caused me to look bad. People like that are such losers! All that said i really detest Amanda for what she has done this season. I don't hate her because I try not to hate anyone. I hope against hope that she walks out the door this week and finally finds herself in a true "reality" situation. She does have some fans but the majority of the people who follow BB can not stand her for her axctions and words.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEl Lobo
Wow! That's crazy that people are going so crazy over the fans and family of the peeps in the house. I haven't seen this but that's so sad that there are such sucky Internet bullies out there. I like when there is a good evil villain (of course leaving out hurtful racist remarks). But that's what makes watching it fun! I haven't found that strong of players worth getting all emotional over. To be honest, at this moment I don't care who goes this week as long as the show starts having some scheming! I want backstabbing and all that fun stuff when there are people getting voted out and they don't know who's doing it.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBookluvr Mindy
I do agree, and the behavior criticized in the house is the very behavior we are showing outside of it. Today I am too disgusted by it all to continue watching. Had to break. I have been a bb fan for years since nearly the start. always loved it, loved the mind bending, loved the cattiness, loved the occasional drama, this year it is at a new level. and yes i have my likes and dislikes but the thing that saddens me the most, is the mob mentality hatred that is without consequence and the unchecked cruelty. ok so Candace is annoying, but tonight the cruel "nothing to do with game" remarks made, the sheer joy on the "still in the house" mean girl, kaitlin be glad you're gone and personal vendetta has reached a new high for me. bad enough she got the clown costume, she is not bothered by it even if it is modeled after aaryns clown, and bad enough she is going home and chastised for actually trying to play for veto as opposed to moneysince she is on the block, it seems that now her only friend in the house Elissa is threatened with eviction if she gives her friend a vote. even if it makes no difference, even if it is a goodwill gesture, and even though the last three evictions, it was ok for gm not to get put on block for giving nick a vote, Kaitlin not be penalized for Jeremy or aaryn her vote, Spencer for giving his vote for Howard, because aaryn says so, they are willing not to give the same hand of friendship to Candace's person in Elissa. That was it for me. This is the stuff ppl swear they are opposed to. will shake their head at bullying and post facebook do not bully posters or no more hate crimes, yet other than hatred not racism but hatred this is condonable to threaten someone for showing kindness to her friend. The only one. But yes its just a game right, but I guess my memory fails me because yes there was evil dick and jen etc who spewed personal hate at each other but I do not remember the masses taking hold and becoming a cruel mob. I swear if there was rope in the house I would not be surprised if Arryn didn't hold a lynch party of some sort. And we all would just love it and trend it and shake our heads appalled or be indignant but do what we ultimately all do. Nothing..just give another excuse of its a game, or she shouldn't have worn her dress so tight or he shouldn't have let himself get so fat, whatever excuse allows us to sleep at night. I am so done with Big Brother this year and at the announcer guy who no longer even bothers to say "House guests...STOP singing". Even he seems to have the summer off this year.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterL. Martin
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

Well stated. It has truly become disturbing to read some of the over-the-top vitriol that fills many of the BB fan forums this year. So many folks need to get a life. I am a survivor and former poster from a board that was once populated by fun-loving, intelligent people that were true fans of the BB series and its game theory. Sadly, that forum, like many others, is now dominated by ignorant, self-righteous, shut ins aching to spew their hatred of these imperfect people that perform for our watching pleasure 24/7 for 3 months. Their crocodile tears and feaux outrage constitute the entirety of their online personas now. Actually, they do occasionally break for the occasional self-congratulatory group hug or to post a picture of pets or sunsets.

The group-think and obsessive self-righteousness of many of these folks is unbelievable. It doesn't surprise me at all that the shut ins are now lashing out at HG families as well as posters that don't share their views.

Finding this forum and podcast has saved my interest in BB; which began with season one. I appreciate the humor, the lack of sacred cows, and the courage you all have to face down the basement keyboard crazies that are poisoning the community.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTough Road
Agreed. Which is why this is the only place I go for BB info. I wasn't aware the nutters were attacking innocent families (yes, I knew about the stupidity last year, but not hearing CBS or BB denounce this year I had, seemingly naively, thought it wasn't happening this year). That they are being harassed and CBS says nothing stains them as well. The sane people, the ones who could really play the games won't want to be a part of them, leaving only the unstable, which will make this year's lot look calm and rational. Oi...

Bread and circuses
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlmb02
This bullshit can be summed up easily. How many prior seasons had a viewer warning when you logged into the live feeds? People lose their minds over the race shit but then go onto to brutalize the people they say are mean and racist. What is different than the person who said the racist stuff and the ones attacking them for it?

BTW I still like the MVP twist. It is working like I thought it would as long as Ellissa didnt have it and the person who did doesn't reveal they have it. In this case they have no idea its viewers and they are paranoid.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrishcurse
Thank you for this post.
I almost feel sick when I read the "tweets" feature on the live feeds. It is all so hateful. I saw a tweet today with a link to Amanda's real estate listings, inviting people to "Feel free to pull your listings". The constant barrage of hater youtube videos, seemingly proving the reasons for the viewer's disdain of a certain player. There is also one about Howard, that is truly frightening to me as a woman.

This is not the first time I've watched the live feeds, but this season, the chatrooms are no fun. They are filled with people so full of venom, salivating as they wait for the most tiny movement, comment or gesture of their most hated player of the day to make, so they can rip them apart. I can't help but wonder how well most of these people would fare with microphones and cameras on them 24/7 while locked up with a bunch of strangers. I know I couldn't do it and I'm a 47 year old "nice" Canadian with extensive training in dealing with difficult people.
It all just makes me sad, this mob rule attack that has become non-stop on twitter, the chatrooms, the blogs... where will it end? Will the so-called fans finally be happy when they read that a former BB cast member has committed suicide when they can't cope with the fallout from their time on the show? I honestly think some "fans" would be.
Very sad commentary on the BB live feed fan base and I believe a growing trend after the non-stop attacks on Danielle from BB14. It was sickening last year and it is horrifying this year.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris in Canada
Agree with this, totally.
August 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony
I completely agree with you. Personally I like Amanda, sure she can be dramatic sometimes, but isn't that kind of the point of reality tv? To see people reacting how they don't react to real life situations? Anyway, and I feel like she has the right to be paranoid about being in on the block thanks to the MVP. She has an alliance that she thinks is strong and won't turn on her...so why wouldn't she be safe?

I really hope that some fun people make it to the finale...like last year I was watching the after dark episodes (I don't watch the live feeds) and the whole time was Danielle crying (which to me was pretty understandable) and Dan and Ian plotting...Personally, I'd be happy if Judd (my fav), McCrae, and somebody else made it. They would keep things interesting and neither of them were considered 'physical threats'.
August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBBFan
The mob mentality is why I don't like the America as MVP. I prefer it is all kept in the house. One of the reasons I didn't like Glass House. We may be watching 24/7 but the HG are there dealing with it. They don't have access to the info we have and we don't have some info they may have. I especially don't like that they don't know it is America voting. They are paranoid enough.
Hey but what do I know.... I would be voted out first if I was playing.
August 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterslinkysmom
THANK YOU. I'm glad you are addressing the issue. To be honest this is the only place I feel safe to express my opinions without getting my head bit off. I don't even bother reading the comments on other sites anymore, too ugly. I have been watching BB since Season 1 and the feeds since Season 6.The hate and intolerance of others opinions is getting worse every year. It is a real turn off and I may just do that after this year. My sister and son already have and that was always part of the fun for me, Discussing and defending our favorite HG and gameplay in a fun family way. To bad CBS seems to be appealing to a different audience now and to Hell with hardcore diehard fans. CBS be careful what you wish for cause you just may get it.
Anyway Thanks to BB Gossip for still being a safe haven for us longtime fans.I so enjoy your blogs and podcasts and so grateful to you for introducing me to Bitchy Colette LaLa.
August 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKimG

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