I have just finished watching the 29th Season of The Amazing Race, and I am absolutely bummed… At times like this, I can’t help but wonder, where is “karma” when you need it??? Why do teams that constantly bitch, moan and bicker win these things?!
The end result only goes to show that fairy tales are totally misleading, and not the good ones, but the most hungry ones are rewarded at the end of the day. Of course, the winners made some no-brainer excellent decisions on the last leg (checking in their bags, taking the subway from the first clue etc.) that the other two teams missed for some inexplicable reason, and I would expect no less from a Harvard graduate, still, their overall game just left too much of a bittersweet aftertaste in my mouth to appreciate the win.
Brook and Scott reminded me a bit of Flo and Zach from Season 3. Both women have been whining and moaning throughout the whole trip (the apex being in Vietnam – what is it about that country?!), and their partners carried them to the finish line by learning their “tricks” and handling them just right. I’m sure that the editors went at them pretty hard, too, but at a certain point you wish they’d just put on their big girl panties, as Liz would say (Episode 7). The guys were nothing alike though besides being extremely good handlers.
After the finale I did a quick search, and learned that Brook was 36 years old at the time of the filming, which makes it so much worse in my book. (By contrast, Flo was 23.) She looked so young, and age is certainly not an excuse, but I’d call it a mitigating circumstance in some cases. It saddens me to see an intelligent, educated, grown-up woman act so incapable, and lash out so aggressively at her partner time and time again, not to mention the backstabbing moves and the broken promises.
Of course, I might never learn how a race like this would affect me, especially, because I’m very hot-headed and impatient by nature. However, I’m constantly working on those qualities, and I’d be absolutely ashamed to be a damsel in distress instead of a strong female role model in my 30’s. Also, broken promises are one of my biggest pet peeves, and I would never want to lose my integrity by breaking the trust of those who once helped me.
Now, I don’t believe in the whole gender 100% equality spiel. Women and men are different, so unless this changes, that’s the end of the argument for me. However, I believe in the importance of striving to be strong, hard-working, well-disciplined, tenacious, persistent, trustworthy and independent – as much as womanly possible.
Being vulnerable and showing weakness is okay; PMS-ing 24/7 AND breaking promises is absolutely not. You can complain OR you can play dirty – but you can’t do both.