A Million To Whine
Jeff moves on to Jerri, and says he's glad to see her, after her recent wig-out. She grins that she's already "scoped out the nearest exit," like har har. Jeff calls it a "rough moment," when she got all the booing. She says, much less defensively than last time, that she felt like she "opened [her]self up" during the season, and that she felt like people might be more positive, so when she got booed, she found it "horrifying." And I hear that. But still. Jeff asks her if she made the point she was trying to make, and Jerri says that she made her point by leaving. Yeah, that always works. She repeats that a lot has happened since Sunday, and that there's been time for "healing." (Eye-roll.) She says that was her point -- they all needed "the time and the space to heal." Because they were in a war and they all just got divorced from each other and their kitty just died.
Jeff says he wants to ask Jerri something she doesn't know he's going to ask: he's heard that she told someone she was mad at Jeff himself about the incident where she was booed. She complains that the audience "wasn't told or kept under control well enough to make us feel safe." Oy. And like so many people who use the word "safe" these days, Jerri is using to mean "free from being criticized." Jeff asks her whether she feared "bodily harm" from the people booing her, or whether she wanted the audience to be told to "be nice." Snerk. Jerri goes on a big thing about how the last episode has always been "for us." No. No, no, no. Nothing is for you. You're the floor show, and no one cares whether you enjoy the Chicken Kiev they're serving in the dining room. Jerri goes on to explain that everybody but "the chosen few" were booed. So now you see what it is -- she wanted the producers or Jeff or whoever to enforce fairness and equity so that no one would be singled out on the basis that they were more or less of an asshole. Now I get it. She complains that the contestants didn't "get to express what [they] were feeling without being judged once again." Oh, go do some of that sweaty-ass yoga and clear your chi or whatever the hell and then get back to me, you big baby. "This show wouldn't be Survivor without us participating," she says haughtily. And she's dead to me with that comment. Jeff adds, quite reasonably, that "it would not be a show without the audience." He goes on to point out that this means that when the audience reacts, the fact that Jerri doesn't like what they have to say doesn't mean it's not legitimate. Thank you, Jeff.