The Amazing Race was a controversial one Sunday night, and wouldn’t you know it, the Twinnies Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, were at the center of it all.
While booking their flights to Istanbul, Turkey, “the longhairs” Abba & James left their $100 for the next leg of the race on the travel agency’s counter. The twins found it, and Lexi and Trey witnessed them pocket the cash. Lexi seemed on board with the twins and thought it was a good idea to pocket the money, but Trey? Not so much. He said, “You better give it back to them!” Natalie responded with, “Shut up! We’ll talk about it later.”
Although the longhairs were still at the travel agency, both the Twins and the Texans didn’t say a word about the lost money. Abba was freaking out about losing the money and was feeling terribly guilty, but James kept a positive attitude and was determined to beg for money in order to be able to complete the next leg of the race. The two broke men decide to go to the business district of Dhaka in hopes of finding people who are better off financially. Amazingly, they succeed. A pair of generous women and a man who tells them, “This is my country (Bangladesh), you are my guest,” give them money and soon after they have another $100 in their pocket.
The Twins & the Texans split the $100…
Fans have since been in an absolute uproar over the money situation, calling the Twins thieves, saying they will never watch Amazing Race again (yeah, right) and wondering why the Twins were not penalized. But technically, they did not break any rules, and they ARE racing for a million dollars, right? So is it wrong for teams to take advantage of other teams’ weaknesses/mistakes?
One interesting tidbit I came across this morning was Ryan throwing this out on Twitter:
Interesting. Was that hypothetical – or did the Twinnies try and turn the money into production? I guess we’ll have to wait until the season is over to get all the answers. But working in reality TV I have learned one thing – many times things are NOT as they seem on the edited shows!
Once in Turkey, the teams had to choose between SIMIT or SCRUB IT. Keeping with this season of weak challenges, most teams chose SCRUBIT, which took place at a bathhouse, where teams were pampered, scrubbed and cleaned. Hardly a challenge! The gay goat farmers Josh & Brent, and the Monster Truckers, Rob & Kelley, were the only teams to chose the SIMIT challenge, balancing bagels on a large plate on their head while delivering them to a local bakery.
Rob & Kelley were behind from the very beginning of the leg, choosing the subway over a taxi, and the choice cost them the race. But we all knew that was coming, right? Like Jaymes said, ”If you see Monster Truck, Beekman Boys, you know you at the back of the pack.” Will the Beekman Boys be the next to go?
So this week what I want to know from you is this…were the Twins & the Texans wrong for not giving the money back to the longhairs? Or is all fair on competition based reality shows, as long as rules aren’t broken?