I should probably give you fair warning that this Big Brother 15
article is going to be all about Elissa, and therefore, half of you
will agree with me and half of you will hate me. That's just the way it
is. Rachel Reilly's sister is one of the most polarizing figures in Big Brother
history, and just like oil and water, Republicans and Democrats or
Chinese food and vodka (don't ask), her fans and haters will never be
able to work well together.SPOILER WARNING: This article contains Big Brother 15 spoilers. Elissa was America's choice to be the third nominee
, but then she won the Power of Veto
and GinaMarie went up as her replacement
And Monday afternoon, Elissa started crying. A lot. Why?
Well, everyone in the house has basically figured out the twist this week, that America voted for the third nominee. Elissa was in the HoH room with Judd, Helen and Spencer and they tried explaining how it worked to her.
They were very nice about it, explaining that almost everyone probably voted for Aaryn and Kaitlin, but some fans just wanted to "turn the ant farm upside down" (Spencer's expression) by putting up the person who won MVP the first three weeks, regardless of who it was.
Here's where I need to point out that their analysis is not entirely true. I suspect it's a combination of Brenchel Army members who didn't realize the rules changed and automatically voted for Elissa out of a lemming-like force of habit, plus the sizeable group of fans who hate Rachel Reilly.
The point is that this made Elissa think that America hates her and that made her cry. She also cried because she thinks people will hate her family on the outside world because of how she's being perceived on the show. Finally, she complained about how unfair it is that America gets to vote for a nominee when they don't actually get to see everything that happens and it's only based on how the show is edited.
Wow. There are about 17 things wrong with her logic, all of which makes me annoyed with her.
To start with, I assume this is all fake. After all, she is Rachel Reilly's sister, and Rachel cried and played the victim and martyr better than anyone. She always whined and sobbed on Brendon's shoulder about how everyone hated her. It's either fake, or it's genetic.
More importantly, as Rachel's sister, Elissa should know better than anyone that there are both fans and haters among Big Brothe
r viewers. She has to know that Rachel isn't some universally beloved figure like Jeff and Jordan, right? Or did she just completely insulate herself from the many people (myself included) who couldn't stand her sister? You would have to be purposefully ignorant to avoid that kind of stuff.
Next, and this is the big one, Elissa complaining about how this is unfair to her is just one of the most blatantly ignorant things anyone could possibly say. Is it "fair" that she won MVP three weeks in a row because of who her sister is? Of course not. So now that the shoe is on the other foot and Elissa is the victim, suddenly it becomes an issue.
Yes, people voting to nominate Elissa or hating her just because she's Rachel's sister is unfair. But having the Brenchel Army vote for her simply out of blind loyalty to her sister is EQUALLY unfair. As the song goes, "You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life." If you want all the benefits of being Rachel's sister on Big Brother
, then you have to be willing to accept the negative parts as well.
The whole thing just rubs me the wrong way. If Elissa is that concerned with her image, then maybe she shouldn't have agreed to be on Big Brother 15
. I understand when people who aren't familiar with the game get upset because they didn't know what they were getting into, but Elissa should know better.
Elissa should know that there will be viewers and fans who love her, and some that hate her. She should know that Rachel Reilly is one of the more divisive figures among Big Brother
fans and that there were a lot of bad things written about her the first two times she played the game.
So I will not feel badly for Elissa. You don't get to use the unfairness to your advantage, then complain when it's unfair against you. And you don't get to come on this show as the sister of a two-time former HG and then complain about how CBS may be editing you or that some people watching might not like you. Those things were inevitable.
I don't expect this article to solve the great Elissa debate, but I hope you'll at least understand that my dislike of her in this instance comes from her hypocrisy and apparent ignorance of how the game is perceived by viewers.
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