Speaking of Helen - that was a weird cat. I thought she was a bully. Her first HOH when she was making everyone come to her room and tell her their alliances (especially Howard) and everything they had done? That seemed weird to me.
Then throughout the game whenever she started losing an argument she would just run away! LOL
Was it her and Elissa who threatened Andy that if she got voted off they'd know it was him and he'd go next (ended up being 4-1 anyway).
I know this isn't what we are referring to in the more serious context of bullying but I just always thought it was funny that Helen painted herself as the good guy and everyone else was a bully - she did her share of "stuff".
The difference is that Helen's was more gameplay and wanting control of the game. Whereas Amanda's bullying I more on a personal level. I don't think Helen is a bully IRL but I bet Amanda is. I think it's interesting that Amanda said she was picked on in school. I also read where her dad was interviewed and said she was bullied for being Jewish. It's not really that unusual for the bullied to become the bully. Some people don't handle it in a positive way. Some people remain victim for the rest of their lives, some become bitter and become bullies themselves (I suspect this is the case with Amanda) and some take that experience and use it to help and/or fight for others. I personally chose to be a victim for many years until about 4 years ago when I decided to turn my experiences into a positive and I try to step in when I see it happen to others.
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Stacerace - I agree it is different. And I agree with the personal aspect regarding Amanda. I think a lot of this often has to do with the group mentality (you see it on Survivor as well) and the power of having cameras on you - it makes you feel important - when people are thinking they are running the show and are in the majority they are more likely to be a bully. The best example was the homosexual guy (are we allowed to say that? ;-) ) from Alabama who was telling people to jump in the fire when he thought he was running the show. Some people don't respond well to being in the spotlight.
I wanted to apologize for my dismissive attitude in this thread to all of you who have been bullied. I've gotten pretty tough in my old years and had forgotten what it is like to even be bullied a little bit. I have recently experienced something similar and my standing up to it did not permanently stop it like I thought it would. It is only though prayer and my faith in God that has helped me to deal with it.
However, it is more painful that I have acknowledged in this thread and I've been duly admonished for my cavalier attitude about it all. Again, please accept my apologies especially to those who have experienced the serious stuff and to those who experienced it as a child.
Imagine that. Instead of laughing at me and what he said ... his bully gang was laughing at him because of what I said. Too bad there is not an emoticon for patting myself on the back! :)
Is Amanda a bully?- yes!