The original thought here was to cite what was obviously the biggest “villain move” of this past week, which was Natalie and Nadiya choosing to keep the cash that Abba and James misplaced in Dhaka on The Amazing Race.
But: our opinion here at Villain Headquarters is that what the twins did was really hardball, but not truly villainous, since it involved money given to Abba and James by TAR (it wasn’t actually “theirs”). After all, losing vital stuff, up to and including passports, has been the ruin of previous TAR pairs. Anything you can do within the rules to better your situation is typically considered part of the game in the reality TV world. (Spicy opened up a great discussion on this matter after the episode aired – check it out.)
Instead, we’re going to make our Villain of the Week someone who probably wouldn’t care if he lost $100. Because he’s worth millions already! He scoffs at your piddly little reality show prizes! I’m talking about this week’s ousted Survivor: Philippines contestant, Jeff Kent.
During his career in major league baseball, Jeff had the reputation of someone who, while a great player most of the time, was a little hard to get along with. To his credit, he kept his inner jerk under control in the Philippines, despite constant rain that would have made Mother Teresa pissy. Jeff seemed to have a good grasp of basic Survivor strategy, but he found himself in a perilous situation with the numbers, overschemed a bit the previous week, and found himself victimized this past week after a coup led by his fellow celebrity player, Lisa “Blair Warner” Whelchel (Lisa’s allies kind of suck, but that might be dealt with in a future installment).
It’s no fun to be blindsided in Survivor, especially by some of the same people you’ve targeted to go. But this doesn’t excuse Jeff’s final remarks, in which he smirked that winning for its own sake was all he really cared about, since he’s already plenty rich. He bragged about having made about $60 million as a major league player, but he still wanted “this million dollars – and it’s not even a million bucks! It’s 600 grand by the time Obama takes it” (I’m guessing this past week was bad for him in multiple ways).
Do we really need a multimillionaire bitching about taxes on a game show prize? Most viewers at home don’t begrudge winners of games like this, even when it’s someone like Rob Mariano who is married to another former Survivor winner. But, please, at least act like you’re grateful.
“I’m a Game 7 World Series loser,” Jeff admitted (this happened in 2002, before his Giants started, er, winning the big games). He could have left out the “Game 7 World Series” part.
Did you find Jeff’s comments ridiculous? And should I have put Abi-Maria here instead, just for constantly being annoying?