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Big Brother 3's Amy: Most Liked or Most Hatedby Phil Kural -- 09/19/2002
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Many of the people that I have spoken to about Big Brother 3 have different opinions on the way that Amy acts. I thought it was time that I make my opinion known about her. Amy has never once compromised who she was, and did her best to remain real for the whole game. I can see why some would view her as annoying, dramatic, and dishonest. However, I think this is just Amy, and she is reacting to the situation as she would even if she were not in the house. I would like to take a look at many of her shining moments as well as some that I'm sure she would like to put in the past.
In the beginning of the game Amy may have come across as a "southern belle" who may have thought she was better than some of the other players. That can be attributed to the way the other players were thinking. After her first nomination, Amy broke out of her shell and the other players were treated to the real Amy. This Amy was caring, funny, and at times liked to be the center of attention. This is not always a bad thing. Some people like to be affectionate and keep a conversation going. I know this because I am the same way. At times, I like for all eyes to be on me, and in return, I can keep a room entertained. This is not a bad thing. However, most of the other houseguests found it annoying because they were not the same way.
Not only did Amy take everything in the house in stride, but she was also a good friend. How many times did Marcellas yell at her? Not once did Amy ever go to someone else and talk dirt about him, even though Marcellas loved to go to the other houseguests and constantly complain about her. The fact of the matter is that Amy went out of her way the second time they were nominated together to keep her mouth shut and only give Marcellas support. Meanwhile, Marcellas was prancing around the house telling everyone he knew he was safe, and that Amy would be walking out the door. It's that kind of smug attitude that saw him out the door, and I couldn't have been happier.
Some have addressed the possibility that Amy has an alcohol problem. I don't find this to be true. I can admit that sometimes, when bored, I have been known to kick back a few drinks. Was it to the point where I was totally drunk? No. However, we do not know Amy's situation within the house, and I find it unfair for us to label her as an alcoholic. Now there is a rumor circulating that Amy is a closet Nyquil freak. This is getting out of hand. When it gets to the point that we are attacking and questioning another person's character, that is a reminder that it's time to stop. The problem is that personally, none of these rumor-starting people know Amy, and are basing their entire judgment of her on a television show. Which, in Danielle's words, is scandalous.
There is no real reason to "hate" Amy. She has gone through more than any other player in this game and I think she has taken it all very well. Yes, she can be seen complaining sometimes, but I think every houseguest has done his or her share of complaining. There are moments when she seems inconsolable, but every person needs a moment to cry sometimes. Just because she deals with things differently than others does not mean that she is emotionally unstable. I mean, if I had a dollar for every time I just wanted to be alone to get a good cry out, or gather my thoughts, I wouldn't have to apply for BB4 because I would already have the money.
Amy should be commended for the way she has handled herself in the house. Every time she is nominated, she has another joke about herself. She is able to hold her head high, and take the nomination lightly. This is a game, and Amy has realized this. Unlike Danielle, who I think has lost all concept that this is a game, thrives on stepping on other people, and lying deliberately to their face. When BB3 started this summer, I thought Danielle was one of the classiest people I had seen step foot into the house since Cassandra in the original Big Brother and Sheryl from BB2. However, after all the manipulating and backstabbing she has done, my opinion has swung in the opposite direction.
Amy has consistently stuck to her guns, and never went out of her way to lie to people. She spoke her mind, and paid the consequences for it. She may have been voted out once, but she left the house knowing that she did not change for anyone, and that is the whole point to this game. Forget the money sometimes because, in the long run, money can be earned. The way people look at you is a very hard thing to change once an impression has been formed.
Does Amy deserve to win this game? Of course she does. Do I think she will? Unfortunately, I don't, but I would love to see it happen. I have always been a huge fan of the underdog because the underdog is usually the person who refuses to change for anything, and this season that is Amy. As it has often happened in the past in reality television, evil may triumph over good. However, the further Amy gets in this game shows that she has not given up, and will fight to the end - which proves what a great person she really is.
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