Playboy Web Chat with Jerri Shows More of True Personality
by David Bloomberg
In addition to the Playboy photo shoot and accompanying article discussed earlier, Jerri also participated in a web chat on the magazine's site. There we got to see more of her true personality coming out even as she claimed that we didn't see it in the Outback.
Besides doing the Playboy photo shoot and being interviewed for the article that accompanied it (click here to see a review of both), Jerri also participated in a live Playboy website chat with fans. And, yes, I do mean only fans, since there were apparently no people who asked the sorts of questions that really should have been asked.
Consistent with the fact that it was hosted by Playboy many of the questions dealt with sex, who she has sex with, how she likes sex, whether she’s mixed sex and chocolate (yes), etc. You can find a full log of the chat here. But let’s look at the questions and answers that are probably of the most interest to Survivor fans.
One person asked her if she decided to pose for the money or to help her career. Jerri responded that it was neither, but “another means of my personal expression” because she got to choose the photographer, location, concept, etc. Oh, give me a break. Amber, who posed for Stuff magazine could make that claim because she took no money for it. Jerri, on the other hand, was paid – and probably paid quite well based on the public offers that were made to other Survivor contestants. Plus she was an actress who couldn’t seem to get decent acting jobs, so it could only help her career. In other words, the likely answer is that she posed for both reasons.
Another person asked if posing for Playboy was something she’d wanted to do for a long time or if she just took the opportunity when it came to her. She replied that she “never in a million years would have guessed” she’d be in Playboy, but she took the opportunity when she was approached. Gee, Jerri an opportunist? Who’d a thunk it? As I said, she got paid and extended her public exposure (in more ways than one). There pretty much was no downside for her. Now for the rest of us, who have to put up with her self-centeredness, any extension of her time in the public eye is a downside.
But she is an actress, after all, even if not a very good one. So one person asked what was next for her in the acting world. She said she just finished up a short film, Destiny, that she had the lead in. If you want to see it, it will be touring the film festivals. She said it was challenging because it went against her stereotype. Oh, so she played a nice girl who thought about the feelings of others? If so, I can see how that would be a huge challenge for her. Plus she’s got some “pending” jobs. Yeah, lots of actors have “pending” jobs, but they don’t pay very well at that stage. In response to a different question later, she did add that she plans to find the best agent for her and moving forward with her acting career. She’s also trying to do some writing. Overall, I hope she’s putting away some of this Playboy money for a rainy day.
On the Survivor front, one reader asked if she keeps in touch with the other contestants. Jerri claimed she “occasionally” e-mails “everyone.” Everyone? That would probably be news to Kel, who is still waiting for a call or e-mail from her apologizing for her slander against him. But she also added that she has “kind of stepped away and really focused on myself and my career.” I know we’re all shocked that she is focused on herself.
One person asked Jerri how much fan mail she got and whether she’d gotten any marriage proposals. Marriage proposals?! What, like from masochists or something? Jerri responded that she hadn’t gotten any proposals (thank goodness – humanity still has some vestige of sanity), but does get fan mail from single men. She didn’t mention if they were locked up in prison or had been institutionalized, though.
Later, a chatter asked what she is looking for a in guy. She responded that she was looking for “Intelligence, a great sense of humor, strong hands and sex appeal.” The problem, of course, is that anybody with the “intelligence” she wants should be smart enough to stay away from her!
Getting back to Survivor, Jerri was asked if there was anything she regretted about being on the show. She said there was not, and added that she was “very proud of the way I played the game.” Proud? How can somebody be proud that they managed to piss off so many people that she ended up not only losing, but being perhaps the most-disliked person on television at the time? How many articles were titled, “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead!” when she was voted off? This is something to be proud of? Anyway, she followed up by saying that strategically she should have made friends with Tina after Mitchell was voted off. Ya think? The problem is that even when she tried to be friendly (such as with Colby), it didn’t work because her true personality came shining on through. So I really doubt it would have mattered.
In one area that mirrors the Playboy article, Jerri was asked what she really thinks of the word, “bitch.” She echoed what she told the magazine, saying, “it’s time for us to come up with a better word for a woman who’s independent, strong and outspoken. Unfortunately, even though bitch is a very strong word, it’s also very negative.” Wow, she’s so perceptive. Yes, it is negative – and yes, it’s been widely applied to her. Let’s make the connection here. She isn’t called “bitch” because she is strong and independent. She’s been called it because, well, she’s a bitch. Tina was strong and independent. Mad Dog was strong and independent. Jerri was a bitch.
Another person later told her that the next time somebody calls her a “bitch,” she should reply that it stands for “Beautiful-Intelligent-Trustworthy-Compassionate-Hottie.” Trustworthy? Compassionate?! Yeesh! Did this person actually watch the show, or see how Jerri has behaved even after it was over?
Continuing in this trend, a chatter asked if Jerri really thinks that people are threatened by women with power. Jerri, of course, said that she really does believe this, and added that it stems from insecurity and “isn’t in any way the fault of the woman with the power unless she’s using it in a negative way to hurt other people.” Note to Jerri: You just described yourself. Hence the repeated use of the term “bitch” to describe you. You used your “power” to hurt people repeatedly, whether it was simply insulting them or all-out slandering them. People weren’t threatened by you, they just didn’t like you. And still don’t.
Ah, but another person asked if her true personality was shown during Survivor. Jerri, of course, said it was not. They only showed the negative sides of her personality, “magnified due to extreme hunger and lack of sleep.” She said she’s “not that way in my normal life and if I was, I would be a very lonely person.” Indeed. While I don’t doubt that her personality was magnified by lack of sleep and hunger, the fact of the matter is that they couldn’t have shown things that didn’t happen. Keith wasn’t singing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” after she left out of some coincidence. Colby didn’t leave her alliance for no reason. Everybody turned on her (except for Amber) because of the way she acted and treated other people. And, frankly, her continuing comments after that point indicate that it was her true personality that came out. She has never apologized to Kel for slandering him on national television. She continued to be nasty on the final, reunion show of Survivor 2. Her interview with Playboy showed that she is indeed as much of a bitch as we thought she was. Etc. Maybe it was magnified a bit by hunger and lack of sleep, but it seems to me that it had to start with something to magnify – and, frankly, it didn’t really need too much magnification.
But have no fear, she later said she has no hard feelings from Survivor. Oh, well, good for her. Thing is, she isn’t the one who has reasons to hold a grudge. Quite the opposite, a number of the other contestants have good reason to hold grudges against her.
Speaking of such folks, Keith came up and she said she would eat at his restaurant because she’s heard he’s a wonderful chef. I wonder if she’d eat some beef jerky from Kel…
Dealing more with the show and less with her personality, Jerri was asked if she thinks Mark Burnett influences the outcome. She said, “Absolutely not.” Burnett is a bystander. Really? Obviously this isn’t what Dirk (and others) says. Maybe she didn’t see anything, but then she wasn’t in the first show, and she has no real way of knowing what went on then or even on the second show if it was done secretly. She should have answered that he didn’t as far as she knows. But then, it’s not terribly surprising that Jerri would speak as if she knew everything.
Finally, one of the most ridiculous questions asked if Tina’s breasts were real or fake. Jerri, with her typical shrewish nature, said “I really don’t care to comment on that.” And then, of course, she commented on it by saying, “I think it’s pretty evidence what the answer to that question is.” Then she typed in that she was laughing. Hmmmm. That’s quite a non-comment. And it pretty well shows that Jerri is still the bitch we all grew to know and hate.
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