Dire Straits And Dead Weight

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Bye Bye, Billy

Anyway, Brad tells Cao Boi that "the bigger picture" is that while the five of them in the group may understand the spirit in which a joke like that is meant, to other people -- those watching the show, he clearly means -- it's just more mockery of Asian people, which Brad doesn't think Asian people really need. Cao Boi says that he doesn't care what other people think, which I think is missing the point a little. I think Brad is saying you don't want to feed the stupid ideas of stupid people any more than their stupidity already does, which seems like a fair point. Cao Boi opines in an interview that they need to understand that representing your race doesn't mean "avoiding the jokes." Well, of course, they may have a different idea about what representing your race means than he has, and I find it a bit off-putting that he's clearly appointed himself the person in charge of teaching them how to be Asian-American, or how to not be Asian-American but Asian, or whatever this is supposed to be. I don't think any of them asked for pride lessons.

Back in the shelter, Yul tells Cao Boi that if you build your own jokes on stereotypes, you're just going to feed idiots who don't know any better. He really says it very well, although it doesn't impress Cao Boi. "Well, a joke is a joke, right?" Cao Boi says. "No, it's not," Brad says unhappily, and everyone else seems to agree. Cao Boi wants to tell one more joke, but they all tell him to please, please go to sleep. If nothing else, Cao Boi needs to learn to figure out when people want to go to bed. I don't think he went to enough slumber parties. In an interview, Yul says that he's all for a sense of humor, but not so much if it's at the expense of some particular ethnic group. What amuses me is that Yul seems to think this should be sort of obvious, that maybe he shouldn't have to sit on network television and be like, "I don't really like jokes about dog-eating, even when Asian people tell them." It's like he expected this to be a little more challenging.

Over at Aitu, also on Night 5, Billy is sleeping, and of course he's snoring, while the rest of the tribe is around the fire. Ozzy tells them all that they need to consider throwing the challenge tomorrow to get rid of Billy. Cristina is instantly against this idea. J.P. interviews that he was thinking of trying to get rid of Billy, too, so he was really glad Ozzy brought it up. Ozzy insists to the group that they'll be "stronger than ever," which is so stupid. Stronger at what? You're not starving. Chickens are practically walking up and high-fiving you, you have fire, you have water, you have all the fish you need...what good are you going to do for yourselves by throwing the challenge? It's crazy. The worst thing that happens if you try to win the challenge is that he makes you lose a later challenge, in which case you can still vote him off. You can't possibly gain anything by throwing a challenge to vote someone off in order to avoid losing a challenge and voting him off. In fact, why not keep an extra guy on your tribe who is sure to go before you do if your tribe happens to lose legitimately? Why make yourself the first target instead of keeping some dead weight handy? Cristina interviews that she just thinks it's depressing that they're already talking about throwing a challenge to get rid of someone when it's so early. "I don't know if I can trust Oscar anymore," she says.

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