posted the Vanessa and Ralph interview in the episode thread, but not here. So here it is
I strongly dislike Vanessa (and like
Ralph). And the interview made me dislike her even more. Which I hate to say, because if she is politically liberal, I'd want to like her.
I posted my skepticism about the ankle-taping comments in the episode thread. Just as I feel like she exaggerated a lot post-game regarding her ankle, I also feel she exaggerated and invented other stuff out of whole cloth.
Her "explanation" of how the feud began with Rachel is not credible. As Rachel and Brendon responded in their own defense, it's crazy to accuse them of harassing her about her political views on abortion, when they shared those views!
Additionally, if Vanessa were in fact talking politics on the race, Art and JJ would have distanced themselves from her post-haste, and she would have been a primary target of their ridicule. They made their political views clear enough, paraphrasing Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich (if not Barry Goldwater and perhaps even George Wallace) at every turn. So if Vanessa had "started talking about [her] political work" which she described as "fairly liberal and by 'fairly,' I mean pretty strongly liberal," her fight would not have been with Brenchel, but with Border Patrol.
I was also curious about Vanessa's "political work" - because as a rational Democrat, I would hope that she is not out there representing my views or my party. There are ZERO hits for her name and anything remotely related to politics. Everything she does and has done has been self-promotion. I couldn't find even charitable work, much less political activism or the kind of political activism she tried to link herself to in this article.
She's such a weak personality that anything that you say will just irk her to no end. She made it so easy. I mean, you tell me something, I kind of dust it off and it's not that big of a deal. Honestly, it's a behavior that I'm trying to modify. I didn't realize that my words would hurt people so much and seeing how vicious I could be while not even thinking twice about it and seeing it firsthand on camera has kind of opened my eyes a little bit to be nicer. So I'm being nicer.
I have a very, very hard time believing she is "being nicer". Especially when she goes on to say,
What was interesting was once I knew I could get under her skin, then it was more — I dunno — not like a pastime... (Laughs)
What a miserable woman!
Finally, it irks me when a team blames their lack of racing skills on bad luck. With Vanessa and Ralph, all their failures were not their fault. Simply bad luck. Ralph said, "As a team, we probably had the worst luck." I would have to think that other teams would disagree with them. It's never the fact that they couldn't see clues directly in front of their faces, or that they wandered for what, an hour? Trying to find the Hillary Clington stand. Or that they lost valuable time when Vanessa had a hissy fit at the castle. Nope, it's all bad luck.
My take-away: I am hoping that since she's from Texas, she thinks she's liberal because she supports Ron Paul or George W. Bush. I will keep telling myself that that is the case. ;-)
Edited by FrogsRule, May 11, 2012 @ 3:06 AM.