They smiled and applauded until she did a 180 and started calling everyone out for their weaknesses as if it was her job to do so. She made a stirring speech at first, but the problem is that it was irrelevant to the judging. Someone was going home, and her "unity" speech just wasted the judge's time while they were trying to find out who did what. She loves the sound of her own voice too much.Originally Posted by Harmony2000;4051802;
And when male contestants have acted like her in the past, they have been called bullies too -- Santino comes to mind, also Emilio, Rami, Jeffrey, even whatshername who won last year. All these people did what they did because they were impossible to reign in, or be convinced that there was another point of view besides their own.
I don't agree with the idea that bullies only succeed because people allow themselves to be bullied. There is no one standard for skin thickness that everyone can be measured against. Someone can have conviction and still be shy or timid. When someone becomes a freight train in this atmosphere, their actions aren't automatically justified by others' inaction. It's neither completely objective nor completely subjective.
Basically, Gretchen never knows when to shut up, or keep her opinions to herself. She assumes that she is at a level above most of the other designers, as if it's a fact. It's not a capital crime, but it is wrong-headed thinking, and people aren't wrong for finding it annoying.