Naming an alliance on Big Brother
is a tricky thing. Sometimes
you strike gold (Chilltown, the Brigade) and other times you wind up
with something that sounds like a cult (season 6's The Friendship,
disparagingly known as the Nerd Herd).
Well, Big Brother 14
has a new alliance that certainly lacks
creativity in its name, but it may not matter because I don't imagine it
will last that long.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains information from the Big Brother 14 live feeds.
Janelle and Boogie's teams have seemingly entered into a new six-person alliance that Joe is regrettably referring to as the Diversity Alliance. Why? Well, because everyone in it comes from a different walk of life (from the openly gay Jenn and Wil to nerdy Ian to laid back Floridian Frank to California spray tanner Ashley to Kentucky chef Joe).
Obviously Diversity is a stupid name (Wil and Ashley even hate it), but as I said, it may not matter.Highlights from Willie and Frank's Huge Fight>>
The truth is that, two days ago, Janelle's team was in a solid six-person alliance with Britney's team. Now they're with Boogie's team, but the rhetoric is the same. They're still talking about how they need to stay together, meet up every day for five minutes and they'll be guaranteed the final six. It's kind of funny how certain they are that this will work in spite of the fact that, a few days ago, Joe, Wil and Ashley were solidly with Willie, JoJo and Shane and actively trying to get Frank out. But that fell apart and now, in a perfect example of the definition of insanity, they're doing the same thing hoping for a different outcome.
The real problem is the sub-alliances within the alliances. Willie was very clear with Ashley and JoJo that he's in a Final 3 deal with them. Since Willie's blow-up, JoJo has had some qualms about this arrangement, but she seems to still be on board. It's less clear if Ashley is still secretly aligned with Willie or if she's severed all ties.
The same can be said for Wil, whose strategy has me scratching my head. A few days ago he was Kara's BFF, desperately trying to find a way to keep her. But now he's flipped and, despite still being friendly with her, he seems hellbent on evicting her and aligning up with Boogie's team. I genuinely think he's playing a personal game and is only aligning with Frank because he absolutely hates Willie right now for his alleged homosexual insult. I hate to defend Willie (especially after he dropped the "N" bomb last night), but I really think he's just uneducated and ignorant and not maliciously bigoted.
Adding to the confusion is that Janelle's team is very wary of her as a coach and don't want to tell her anything about what they're doing. In fact that coaches seem to be getting shut out quite a bit lately following Willie's big house meeting Tuesday morning where he aired his suspicions that the coaches will enter the game.
At the end of the day, there's so much drama and flip-flopping in week one that I have no clue who's going home Thursday night. Can Willie keep Shane in line and maintain his Final 3 deal with Ashley and JoJo? If so, then, along with Danielle's vote, he can send Frank home. But if Frank can convince Shane to join him, or if Wil can successfully convince Ashley that the Diversity Alliance is a safer bet than her secret Final 3 deal, then Frank might just stay after all.
Of course by the time I've posted this article, I'm sure alliances have shifted about 17 more times. Such is the wacky nature of the most volatile season of Big Brother
ever.(Image courtesy of CBS)