One of my favorite reality shows is the Amazing Race. I’m a travel bug who only rarely gets to travel, so I just love “seeing the world” . . . from my sofa. I’m also a self-admitted reality tv watcher who enjoys the “real” interaction between “real” people put into unreal or surreal situations. I’m not here to debate the “realness” of reality television (what’s the point, we all know it’s not real. We do know that, right?), but I am here to defend the two blondes in this season’s “all stars” rendition of the Race.
For those of you with viewing standards far above my own or who may not otherwise be familiar with the show, the Amazing Race follows a bunch of pairs of people as they race around the world with limited resources and following set routes, performing a variety of country/culture-related tasks, and strategizing their way to a million dollars. Now, I’m not sure how many pairs start out each season, but it seems like a lot — as with Survivor and American Idol, I can’t keep track of that many people, so while I may or may not have an early favorite all those people at the beginning are just walking talking blurs to me. But I like the two blondes, Dustin and Kandice this season, and I very much hope they win.
I watched the first season with the (then tagged) “Barbies,” and I have to admit that I liked them even then. As I watched that season only sporadically, I thought all the fan venom toward them might be due to things they said or did on those eps I missed. It could have happened. You know, I watch an ep, and they are strong and smart and sure, and then the next week they are catty or bitchy or whatever everyone was saying. So I didn’t get into it that year, didn’t defend them. They could have Jekyl and Hyde-ed me, after all.
But THIS season, well, I just have to speak up in their defense. Yes, they are gorgeous girls. So? I honestly don’t see a problem with attractive people, and between you and me, I think that there should be far more attractive people than there currently are. I don’t see a reason for the venom directed at these girls, I really don’t. They are smart and strong. They do their tasks with the least amount of whining and crying and yelling and sniping and moaning and groaning–actually, they do less of all that than all the other pairs put together. They aren’t in the least bit prissy or showboating annoying as beautiful women can sometimes be. Nope, not at all. And they do far less back stabbing than some of the other teams who are regaled as “clever” and “wily” players.
But watch the other women on the show (well, the ones on there now, Amber never whined or queen bee’d, either) . . . they drive me nuts with their constant (and I so mean constant) whining and crying. It’s hot. We’re lost. I can’t use a GPS. It’s so high up. I’m tired. I’m thirsty. Wah, wah, wah. First of all and in the interest of full disclosure, I would be the world’s worst whiny face during all that these teams go through; I’d be snappy and pissy and petty. And I’d be upset that I couldn’t pack a whole suitcase just for my changes of shoes (they seem only to be able to bring what they can smash in a backpack!! Imagine!! Ugh!!). BUT (and you’d notice this yourself if you watch the show) I’m NOT on it. I didn’t sign up for season . . . um, are we on 18 now? There aren’t any surprises. AND this season is all people who’ve run this race, played this exact game before, fgs!
I wanted to scream last week (well, every week) because the little person (I’ll call her Myrna because that may be her name) was wobbling about with the GPS moaning and crying because she couldn’t read it and didn’t know where to go and might there be insects or other wild life in the outdoors? She kept on poking her fingers all over the screen (despite being told repeatedly by the military guy with her not to touch it; how he refrained from shooting her is a mystery to me), and the other girl, dunno her name either, so I’ll call her Shelly, just kept going in circles sobbing and crying that she couldn’t. She just couldn’t. She didn’t know what to do. Waaahhh.
Whichever blonde, Dustin or Kandice, did the task (use a GPS to find lost soldiers and radio for helicopter extraction). . . did it. She just read the GPS, went to where each soldier was, was polite and enthused and actually enjoyed herself. She was fab. Then when they were in the car (in first place. Again. Because they’re GOOD at this game and don’t waste time being idiots or fighting with each other), she said that she loved doing the military stuff that it made her feel patriotic and proud to be an American. Well, that was it for me, I’m a fan for life. Such an endearing girl, and her friend is fab, too.
Now, this post may be premature because the trailers for next week have the (now tagged) “Beauty Queens” fighting between themselves and being petty (which I’ve never seen, in either season they’ve been on). Hmmmm. I think, though, that I’ll wait and watch the ep because they’ve been amazing during this race, they really have.