Candice is Better Than Me

The season finale of “Big Brother” was last night.  I was not a fan of any of the three finalists.  But I felt that Andy was probably the best person to win out of who was left. And I’m glad he did win.  When you think about the game of “Big Brother” and how Andy played it, he kinda did deserve to win, especially over GinaMarie.

While Julie Chen was interviewing the jury, Candice made mention that she and Aaryn have become friends.  Amanda is still hateful and probably will never change.  But after the hateful and hurtful things Aaryn said, Candice found it in her heart to try to work on a relationship with her.  Probably because Aaryn may have realized that she did and said some wrong things and was willing to work on them…or at the very least seem remorseful.

When Julie addressed the five evicted houseguests that had been watching the whole season, I LOVED Howard’s response when Julie asked him how he felt watching at home.  His response showed why I totally have a crush on him.  And why he was one of America’s Top 3 Favorite players this season.  Spencer looked like a deer in headlights when Julie asked him to respond to Howard-basically another person who made disparaging and discriminatory comments but wasn’t ready to address them head on.

I wonder what the houseguests (read Aaryn, GinaMarie, Spencer, and yes, even Amanda) thought when they went home or talked to family and found out exactly what America has been saying about them over the last 90 days.

I guess if Candice can find it in her heart to befriend someone that made SO many rude, disrespectful, and unnecessary remarks about her I guess I can learn not to hold any animosity towards her.  But I’m only human and God is not through with me yet.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

PS  Can I tell you guys that Howard was in my dreams last night???  Yeah, I need to travel to Alabama so I can meet him in person…

Oh, (Big) Brother…

I am a HUGE “Big Brother” fan.  So much so, I try to schedule my Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evening outings around the times that it comes on. And if, by chance, I miss it, I either catch up online or watch it on On Demand. (Don’t judge me.)  I’ve written about the current season before, regarding the racist rants of Aaryn and GinaMarie.  (I SO was waiting on Julie to go IN on them when they got evicted.)  But, with seven houseguests left, these chicks are STILL in the house.  And just last week, we can add catty/nutty/rude/mean Amanda to the list of mean girls that made racist remarks to Candice.  And it’s SO funny for two reasons- 1. Just weeks earlier, she approached Aaryn about her remarks and saying how houseguests were perceiving her to be racist.  2.  After she rolled her neck and antagonized Candice, she said something akin to “Oh, I guess I’m a racist now?!?!”  Seriously, where did CBS find these people???

Helen, who is an Asian-American woman made a deal with Aaryn to keep her in the house when she should have been evicted WEEKS ago.  And last night, Aaryn won the Head of Household for the fourth time this season, the third after she made a deal with Helen.  I understand that playing “Big Brother” is a game and everyone is out to get the big prize at the end.  But is your dignity and your pride in your heritage worth $500,000?  The one thing that makes me happy is that Candice gets an opportunity to compete to win her way back into the house next Thursday.  Now, I can admit my girl Candice is not the best competitor. But I truly hope she can fight her way back into the house and get rid of one of the mean girls.

Although CBS has started showing a disclaimer after the July 7 episode that touches on how these people are filmed 24/7 and have no privacy and sometimes they make derogatory remarks and CBS does not condone such behavior, it doesn’t negate the comments and the hurt feelings that I’m sure were not only felt by Howard, Helen, and Candice.  Showing this disclaimer may be fine, well, and good, but itdoesn’t erase what people have seen.  I remember a few seasons back, one houseguest was evicted by the producers for showing violent behavior and being confrontational.  Maybe they didn’t think racists needed to be evicted.  Or as someone suggested to me, maybe they’ve kept these girls in to get ratings.  I hope that’s not true.  But I guess the dehumazing and belittling of someone is worth a few dollars and some points on the Neilsen scale… *shrugs*

What also completely boggles my mind is how Helen and Aaryn are somewhat buddy/buddy now.  Just last month, Aaryn was going in on her.  And Aaryn has proved she’s a competitor, and this chick just might make it to the Final 2…but I pray she doesn’t, because she doesn’t deserve to win.  Being mean and being a bully do not make a winner.

I know the saying “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is real, but I could only fake the funk for so long in a situation like this.  I can honestly say I am SO disappointed with this season.  And I can truthfully say that if Aaryn does win “Big Brother”, this will most likely be the last season I watch it.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Racism Still Exists

I don’t expect today’s post to be long, but I saw something last night that didn’t sit well with me.  Anyone that knows me know I LOVE “Big Brother”!  My favorite summer guilty pleasure premiered about two weeks ago, and what I missed during its regular airing, I caught up on On Demand.  During last night’s episode, I saw something that didn’t sit well with me.

The current Head of Household (for those of you that don’t watch, this person won this week’s competition and nominates two houseguests for eviction, along with getting their own private room with personalized items), Aaryn, is a 22 year old college student from Texas.  I’m not sure who mentioned it first, but numerous houseguests commented on Aaryn’s derogatory comments and behavior.  Next, clips were shown where Aaryn made disbaraging comments regarding Asians and Asian-Americans.  (Let it be noted that one of the houseguests, Helen, is Asian-American.)  And clips were shown were she and another houseguest, GinaMarie referred to another houseguest, Candice-an African-American woman-as a “darkie”.  Various houseguests, including Howard (an African-American man) and Amanda (a Caucasian woman) stated that they noticed and overheard Aaryn making comments they deemed as racist. I’m not sure why Amanda did not approach her, but Howard stated he didn’t say anything because: 1) the comments were not directed towards him and 2) he felt himself getting upset and wasn’t sure he could contain his anger.

I applaud CBS for showing these clips of Aaryn making her comments.  As one houseguest was overheard saying-“Doesn’t she realize she’s on national television???”  Maybe she didn’t care.  But her comments show that racism is alive and well in this country.  And she obviously learned this from somewhere, since she’s only 22 years old.

So the next time someone tells you racism is a thing of the past in America, kindly correct them.  Because Aaryn proved last night that it is not.  Until next time I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

I know…SHOCKER!!! When was the last time I did a “TWITN” post??? It’s been a minute.

First, I want to ask that we pray or have a moment of silence for all of the people that lost their lives in the attacks in Libya and Egypt earlier this week.  Hate is such a terrible thing, and I wish leaders would make a real effort to try to eradicate it.

Next, I want to go on record as saying that you people who think O.J. Simpson is Khloe Kardashian’s dad need a hobby… Seriously people???  Yes, Khloe looks a little different from her siblings, but that’s what happens when you have four children with the same parents.  Have you guys ever heard of biology and recessive traits??? If not, look it up, because I refuse to go into detail about genetics work.  I will say I know plenty of families with more than 4 children and not all of the children look alike.  Some are shorter, some have ligther skin, some are a little thicker than most.  It happens….

For those of you that watch “Big Brother”, I know you’re probably salivating at the mouth to find out if Dan will win again.  He is such a sneaky little snake this season!  He has played an awesome game, and if he can convince the jury of that, he has a pretty good shot at walking away with the prize.

Now, while my Jaguars had WAY better stats in Sunday’s game than Minnesota, they weren’t able to pull out a win.  I do hope (and pray) that they get their first W of the season at home…against Houston.  I know it may be a long shot, but Jacksonville is looking MUCH better than they did last year.

Next week, I’ll be focusing on Voter Education.  While I don’t care who you vote for (actually, I do!), I believe that we should ALL be well versed in the rules governing our voting rights.  So be on the lookout!  Enjoy your weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Summer TV

I am a HUGE tv buff!  Maybe it was growing up as a latchkey kid and not really feeling the outdoors when I was done with my homework, but the television has been a main source of my personal entertainment for as long as I can remember.   One of my favorite shows during the summer is “Big Brother”.  In my opinion, it’s sort of “The Real World” meets “Survivor”.  This show has everything-competition, romance, drama, back-stabbing, strategy, basically everything you can hope for in a reality television show!!  Season 12 starts on Thursday, July 8, and I cannot wait!  I used to talk about this show so much that a friend of mine downloaded the application and gave it to me a few years back.  Now, I have always wanted to be on the “Real World” growing up, but since I am now too old, “Big Brother” seems like a nice 2nd place, not to mention I can win money (even though it’s not worth it for the application that you have to complete, IMHO)!

It seems as if television networks are obsessed with the nation’s capital.  This year alone the District has been home to “The Real World: DC” and a new season of the Real Housewives is being taped in the District.   But the new summer show I’m looking forward to is “Top Chef: DC“, which premieres on Wednesday, June 16.   In the past 6 seasons, I’ve never really been a “Top Chef” fan (I’ll catch a few episodes every now and then), but I have made a concerted to become a fan this summer.  I think that this show will highlight some of the great restaurants and chefs that the District has to offer.   I may even take some notes of what places I would like to visit, since I seriously doubt that I will try cooking any of these dishes myself.  (But who knows, I may-I need to step outside of my box and experiment a little bit in the kitchen.)  I’m also hoping the show will highlight some of the cuisine that is popular in the DC area. 

What are you looking forward to on television this summer?  Do you have a favorite show or a summer sport to watch?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern Girl…in the city.