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Amazing Race 21 – Ep 3 – You Can Be Pretty And Ugly At The Same Time

Before I get into the wonders of Race Karma – which I don’t believe in when it comes to using the U-Turn, etc., but I do when it comes to attitude – I want to just give a small lesson to all future Racers.

I don’t care how good looking you are, or think you are. I don’t care if you have no experience outside of your own small town. I don’t care if you are the smartest person in your circle of friends. I don’t care if you’ve always gotten your way and are not used to struggle. I don’t want to hear about comfort zones. I don’t care if you are super tired and hungry on the Race. I don’t care about any of these things. As a fellow American I only ask one thing of you – don’t make us look like pinheads. One way you can avoid making Americans look like pinheads…don’t assume everyone in the world speaks English. Especially in countries where the British Empire didn’t do a whole lot of conquering.

It is the height of arrogance to assume that everyone in the world is just like you, and around solely to service you. It is the whole dislike of foreigners which is a national disgrace in some circles – leading to some politically charged policies (i.e. a giant fence stretching thousands of miles) and in my opinion, some awful veiled racism. It’s even worse (I guess that makes this the height of arrogance) to then go into another country with the same attitude. Do you go to your neighbor’s house and rearrange their closets because it isn’t exactly like yours? Ugh – it just makes me so angry to watch people treat other people like that when all they are doing is their jobs, or actually trying to be a helpful citizen.

The Blondes are the latest team in a long line of teams to act like American Asses. I don’t care how pretty you look, when you behave like this you look like an ogre. Watching Brittany and Caitlin – but mostly Brittany – vent their small minded frustrations out on various Indonesians was sickening. Shouting at one man. IN. STILTED. LOUD. VOICES. Was just pathetic. Yes, please shout at a man trying to help you in the train station and treat him like a moron because you don’t speak his language. Classy. She kept asking if “people like us” were through there – and the subtext to that statement is just perfect. No Blondes, there was nobody like you there. The funny thing is, you’d take that as a complement when I mean it as an insult.

Later, the Blondes found themselves in a race with Fantasy Island to avoid elimination while riding on little carts called becaks. These are basically the bicycle powered cabs that always get in my lane as I try to navigate around the Washington Monument on the way home from work. I hate them here, and would probably hate them there. However, the Blondes had to ride one – in fact, all of the teams did. And only the Blondes had a problem with the driver. The Twins actually avoided a skinny driver in order to find one with more powerful legs. The Blondes managed to shout at him. A lot. Including an awesome moment when they tried to pay him where Brittany continued to shout. HOW. MUCH. IS. IT? It turns out it cost “50” for them. A moment later we see Fantasy Island pay “2” for what we can assume was the same trip. HA!
They managed to get lost on the way to the U-Turn mat on this little contraption and as a result found themselves at one part of the Detour as Fantasy Island performed their U-Turn mandated task. Eventually the teams were neck and neck and at a literal fork in the road. The Islanders went right, the Blondes went left. Or should I say, wrong.

And they are out. Unlike the classy manner in which Amy/Dan went out last week thanks to a poor cab driver, the girls were ready to blame the driver and claim they were a stronger team than the Islanders. Nobody forced you ladies to be in the back of the pack and thus in the position to screw up. No one forced you to treat the man with derision rather than kindness. No one forced you to stay with a poor driver instead of getting out and finding a new one. You lost. Suck it up and stop saying the sun was in your eyes. Brittany became the first Racer I have ever unfollowed on Twitter because of her bad show behavior – and for her political comments which I found to be rather offensive. I see no loss in their departure from the Race.
Looks go a long way sometimes – but sometimes, it doesn’t make you attractive.

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