Posted by Ilana Angel
After months of having the brilliance of the Bachelor/Bachelorette series ruined by Ali as the Bachelorette, it’s finally over. Who would have thought that at the end of the day, I kind of liked her. Why this sudden change of heart? Perhaps because she did the right thing, by not picking Chris as her victim.
I think Roberto is fabulous. She did not pick a lesser guy, she did however pick a stronger guy. When she dumps Roberto to pursue a career in Hollywood, because you know she will, Roberto will be fine. Chris is a man we feel invested in, and somehow care about. He should be the next bachelor.
I’ve had issues with Ali all season, and only watched in small doses, not religiously like I did with past contestants. I feel that Ali was manipulative, a liar, a hypocrite, and a fake. From her annoying laugh, to her crocodile tears, to her collapsing on the floor, she was fake from the start. I just didn’t believe her.
When I met Ali, at the start of Jake’s season as the Bachelor, I loved her. She was my favorite, and top pick. I spoke with her and she was lovely. You cannot deny that she is insanely appealing, and an all American girl who lights up a room when she smiles. My opinion of her changed rather quickly.
She was mean to Vienna, and was on a personal mission to ruin her. It’s a shame because she was never into Jake. She was championing to be the Bachelorette from the beginning, and had she not been such a mean girl, she would have been the best Bachelorette ever.
She picked Roberto, he proposed, and they are getting married. First though, they are moving together to San Diego, to live together and have a real life outside of the limelight. Really? I got $20 that says she manages to commute from San Diego to Los Angeles for 5 minutes.
It’s only a matter of time before her need to be a celebrity, trumps her love for Roberto, and they break up. She is the most popular Bachelorette ever, and she needs to strike while the iron is hot. Perhaps a twirl on the floor of Dancing With The Stars is in her future.
Putting my personal opinion aside, they are a great couple. He clearly loves her, and it’s actually great to see. He is so handsome and charming, and you can see moments when she looks at him and seems so surprised to be with him, that you want to just hug her and wish her well.
Everyone will come out of her decision a winner. Ali gets to be in love and prove, even if only for a moment, that the show can work. Roberto gets the girl of his dreams, and Chris gets to be the Bachelor and meet a woman who will love him, move to the Cape, and live happily ever after.
I’m just a fan who watched this show like all of you. At the end of the day, if Ali stays true to Roberto, they get married, and make it work, all will be forgotten and I will wish her well. I believe this show can work, and perhaps they have finally given us another Trista and Ryan.
I’ve got to give Ali kudos for letting Chris go before the last date. I don’t think it was done for any other reason than ratings and solidifying her good girl image, but it does not matter. It was classy and bold. I respect the show for letting it go down that way, no matter whose idea it was.
Time will tell if it works out for Ali and Roberto. I wish them well and hope they get married. We will all be invited of course, because if ABC can put Jason and Molly’s wedding on TV, which we did not care about it, you know that Ali and Roberto are getting married on television.
I honestly hope Mike Fleiss and his group have Chris as the new Bachelor. He is charming, sweet, handsome and a complete mensch. That is a season I will watch, and truly be pulling for a happy ending, not like the past few shows where I really did not care who was chosen.
Love can be found on television as easy as it can be found at a bar, or online. There are no guarantees in love, and we never know where it will be found. Although this was not my favorite season, I believe in the show, and will watch again. I will be found, if we keep the faith.
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August 2, 2010 | 9:01 am
Posted by Ilana Angel
It was only a matter of time before Captain Kosher, aka Andrew Gordon, got the boot off Big Brother. He was weird, never looked at anyone when he spoke to them, was very odd, and surprisingly anti-social. He was labeled “the Jew”, but his creepiness trumped his Jewishness, so in the end he was a weird Jew, which is a shame.
I was so excited to have Andrew on Big Brother this season, because it’s unusual to have an openly Jewish person on television. Isn’t that a weird sentence? I’m thinking about it, and there have been lots of “Seinfeld” Jews, but not a lot of open Jews. What exactly is a Seinfeld Jew? It’s when being Jewish is implied, but not spoken of.
We all knew Jerry Seinfeld was Jewish on Seinfeld, but he never told us. If anyone knows of an episode of Seinfeld where his being Jewish was confirmed and discussed, please let me know, as I’d love to see it. For Andrew to be the Jewish one was cool. He was Modern Orthodox, which one could argue was going to be too Jewish for America.
I thought it was cool that Andrew sat out of the show for a Jewish holiday, and I think the other contestants respected it. When he spent time davening, they called him a “Ninja” and while I’m sure it was not intended to be mean, it was disrespectful. He came in weird, and so it would not have mattered what he did, as he was already stereotyped.
What’s unfortunate, is that even though he was just a weird guy, he was not labeled weird, he was labeled Jewish. I think if he had never mentioned he was a Jew, he would have gone out earlier. He hung on as long as he did, because nobody wanted to kick out the Jew too early, instead of just voting off the creepy guy from the get go.
In the end, Andrew just didn’t know how to play the game. When he was put up for elimination, he could have secured his spot, but instead he lost his mind and could not stop talking, which sealed his fate. We could also assume the shorts he wore during the surf board challenge is what put him over the edge and caused his dismissal.
At a party recently, I was talking to a group of people about faith, and I mentioned I was Jewish. I was then asked questions about Andrew on Big Brother, and why I prayed like that. I actually don’t pray like that, but for people who are not familiar with Judaism, they assumed we are all like Andrew. I don’t daven or keep kosher, but I’m still a Jew.
Millions of people watch Big Brother, and it would have been so awesome if the Jewish guy could have been cool. If he had been cooler, he could have presented how he practices his faith in a totally cool way. Instead, he’s just weird and the question becomes: is he weird because he is weird, or is he weird because he is Jewish?
I look forward to the day there is a cool Jew on television. Not a Seinfeld Jew, but an openly Jewish person that is not weird, or stereotypical, just a super cool person, who happens to be Jewish. Not just on reality television, but on scripted shows too. Will Jews on television ever come out of the closet? I’m keeping the faith.