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Big Brother 3: In Response to Sting7's "Did the Best Player Win?" Articleby Charlie Reneke -- 09/27/2002
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I wish I could say Chia is playing the worst game in the house, but she's actually not. It's Danielle. If there's one person in Reality TV who you could compare Dani to, it's Vecepia from Survivor 4, and that's not a good thing. Sure, Vecepia won, but only because a few players were bitter that someone from a rival tribe outlasted them. The comparison comes from strategy. Both women were/are making deals with everyone that contradict each other. The expression "talking out of both ends" comes to mind. Everyone in the house, with the possible exception of Jason, has crossed someone at some point. Dani has done more double-crossing and back-paddling then anyone, including Josh, Chia, and Lisa. She wants to have an all-woman alliance, but she wants Jason to make it to the end. On the other hand, she wants Lisa and Chia to hate each other. Trust me, this will get her in the end.
-- Me, August 12th, “You Idiots – The Story of Big Brother 3 Thus Far”
Told you so. After calling Survivor 3 almost perfectly, predicting Vecepia would be the last person in her tribe but not actually win the game or anything like that, the RNO staff and you, the readers, should take my words as the gospel truth.
In the end, Danielle's double dealing and high opinion of herself cost her five-hundred grand and the title of Big Brother 3 winner. But it's so much more then that, and Sting7's recent article only served to prove that a lot of people still don’t understand why Danielle lost.
But Dani's loss at the hands of a brutal nine to one jury vote should open potential reality contestants' eyes. It proves that having the perfectly strategy is not enough. You have to be able to apply that strategy while winning your peers over and not pissing a majority of them off too badly. If your strategy doesn't include winning the popular vote in the end, you're doomed to fail.
The argument being used is that everyone who voted in the Big Brother finale were hypocrites at best for not respecting Dani and giving her the cash. That's just asinine. Dani shaped her fate with her wicked tongue and she got what she had coming to her. Dani did not lose because she played the game ovaries out (ha, I kill me), but because she couldn't keep her yap shut. The jury voters had an option. (1) Give the money to a nice person. (2) Give the money to a mean person. Why is it so wrong that they chose option #1?
Respect is earned, not given. Even if Dani's motivation was noble (providing for her family), her actions and the opinions she voiced for all to hear were certainly not. Lisa was certainly not without strategy. She chose not to bring Eric back into the house, acknowledging that it would be counter-productive to her winning the game. She escaped eviction twice, and was able to avoid the purple chairs for a majority of her stay in the house. She played the game just as hard as Dani did. She just wasn't as loud about it. Is that so wrong?
In games where a jury decides the ultimate fate, you start campaigning for your victory from the minute the game starts. You are asking people, "You lost or will lose because of me, and now I want you to admit that I did better then the other finalist." Whether or not she admits it, Lisa did this perfectly. She had nothing bad to say about anyone. Hell, she won the America's Choice chat session by announcing that she would say anything she wanted, and she still came out smelling like roses. Dani will spend the rest of her life pulling her foot out of her mouth and wondering what went wrong.
Dani failed to win the respect of those who left before her. Whether they voted against Danielle because they were bitter over losing or because they didn't respect her strategy is irrelevant. In those people's minds, Danielle had not earned their vote. She lost her votes in the boat challenge, where she made the deal with Lisa and denounced it five minutes later to her partner Jason. Up until that point, nine people left the house saying they wanted Danielle to win. Those nine people voted against her. She exposed herself with every tiny talk with Jason and every Diary Room confession to be mean spirited, rude, angry, and self-centered person.
Did the best player win? Of course. To say Danielle was the best player is to sound like you're in denial. The best player ALWAYS wins unless a dumbass sticks his head too close to a fire and gets his hands more fried then the pig he stuck with a spear, but that's besides the point.
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