I Hate Everyone
If you’re somewhat of a regular visitor here or on my Twitter page, you know of my crazy obsession with all things Gordon Ramsay. Hell’s Kitchen just recently wrapped, so now my sole Ramsay fix is in the form of Masterchef. Last night’s episode cut the contestants down to six in what was definitely an emotional and somewhat surprising episode. As with many reality shows, Masterchef gives us heroes, villains, underdogs, and all kinds of real and manufactured drama. Reality can sometimes be boring in the minds of producers, so they generally are always very careful in their editing choices and storytelling so that the audience remains hooked and continues to watch the entire season.
Natasha Crnjac was the go-to villain when Masterchef kicked off. The self-proclaimed beautiful and talented home cook was easy to despise with her bad attitude and her lack of compassion for others. But lately, Natasha has shown a softer side, not giving the producers much “evil” to work with other than the occasional eye roll. Somewhere along the line, she has become a bit humble. We are now seeing that she is in fact making friends in the competition, even though that was probably not her intention when things began. She definitely isn’t my favorite, but it’s nice to see another side of her.
Taking her place as the resident bad guy has been Krissi Biasiello. She frequently claims to hate her fellow contestants and always seems to be in a foul mood. Outside of Masterchef, Krissi has been accused of making a racist joke about rape and using the n-word on her personal Twitter page (it has since been deleted). Doing a Google search for information on her will give you as many results related to her racist remarks as it will about her time on Masterchef. On a recent episode, she expressed her hate point blank for fellow contestant Bri, who is a sweetheart. Obviously there was no fancy editing there, but former contestant Ben Starr does offer up some background information on his blog showing that Krissi and Bri are in fact friends.
For those who don’t read Starr’s blog to gain insight or who don’t do any of their own research, Krissi is nothing but a bitter, loud-mouthed ball of hate. It’s nearly all we see of her on Masterchef, at least until last night. The first challenge the home cooks faced was to cook a meal to honor their families. To give the contestants some inspiration, family members were brought in and briefly reunited with each cook. Each cook except for Krissi. Her son was “unable to make it” for a reason that went unstated and Krissi was left alone with only a recorded message from her son to inspire her. It would be a gross understatement to say that she was visibly shaken and incredibly upset.
Had it been me on that competition, watching my fellow contestants hug their children and parents and spouses, then seeing that not a single person was there for me, I would be a wreck. I’m quite an emotional person and I enjoy physical contact and a lot of communication. These contestants are denied both of these luxuries, unable to see or speak with their family and friends. They are isolated, so a visit from family has got to put them over the moon. Seeing Krissi’s face once she realized that she would have to go without a visit was pretty damn heartbreaking.
I don’t agree with the nonsense that Krissi briefly posted on her Twitter page and I don’t enjoy her “I hate everyone” attitude toward her fellow contestants. I think she needs to settle the hell down and stop being so hateful towards others; even if the hate isn’t genuine, the words are real and they are unnecessary. That said, you have to be heartless not to feel for her after last night’s episode. It’s clear that her son is her life, and clear from the audition that her son considers his mom to be his whole world. She didn’t deserve the pain of being alone while everyone around her celebrated a few moments of joy and happiness.
If there is something positive for Krissi to take from last night’s episode, it’s that the unfortunate turn of events was key in showing the audience that Krissi is human and not just some hate-filled monster. She is a loving mother of a sweet little boy who loves him dearly. She is in this competition not just for herself, but for him. She also has the unfortunate luck to have cameras following her every move and loving it when she says something cruel that makes for a great sound byte. I don’t know a single person out there who hasn’t said they hated someone else in a moment of stress or anger. Putting yourself in her place, in a stressful competition away from everyone she loves, can you really fault her for letting her emotions get the best of her sometimes?
Krissi, like Natasha, is not one of my favorites in this season of Masterchef, but I am beginning to view them both as more than what the producers want me to see them as. They are both perfectly normal people who were thrust into the limelight and who have no idea how to act in front of a camera. They aren’t 100% sure on how to censor themselves or how to behave. They surely forget at times that a camera is on them and recording every little thing. Through editing choices, they are being molded into characters that don’t necessarily represent the people they truly are. We don’t know them and it’s unfair to pass judgment and go so far as to harass them on social media over what we see in an hour or two of reality programming.
With former contestant Josh Marks facing heat over felony charges and subsequently catching crap from people on social media sites, the danger of judging a book by its heavily edited cover should be clear. The fact that reality shows mostly consist of people who are no different from the rest of us needs to be crystal clear. It’s fine to have opinions and to express those to your friends, but it’s a whole other thing to be making harsh judgments and reaching out to these people in a malicious way. Understand that these people do have a softer side to them, one that we can relate to and sympathize with, as we saw last night with Krissi. Understand that the magic of television can do wonders to a person’s demeanor and that the stresses of the camera can bring out things that are very uncharacteristic. Cut them a little slack and don’t become that horrible kind of person that attacks someone on their Facebook page over a random remark they made on an episode.
Posted on August 1, 2013, in Food, Kids, TV/Movies and tagged cooking, food, gordon ramsay, hell's kitchen, josh marks, Krissi Biasiello, masterchef, natasha crnjac, reality shows. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.