Sure there is. They're weak willed ninnies.Originally Posted by TripleGemini;4051160;
Gretchen sucks in any number of ways. But its just all too convenient to shift all the blame her way, abjure the idea of personal responsibility, and recast the whole thing as the result of some kind of magical (and all but invisible) bullying.
Gretchen said things and they agreed. The fact that she's a boring designer and has been from Week 1, despite how the judging painted her? Irrelevant to that, I personally believe. The fact that she changed her position on the quality of the collection in front of the judges? Again, irrelevant to the bullying issue--even if its a valid thing for the judges to call her out on (we're talking about Tim's call-out mainly here, and what I consider a surprising level of agreement from people seeing it).
Personally I think for the most part its because we like to see people we dislike put on the spot. It was nice to see Gretchen get hers, because in many ways she sucks. My issue is that she wasn't called out for what's actually wrong with her. Her assertiveness is one of her strengths, just as the weak willed namby pambyness of the others is their weakness. If she had been called out by Tim for her boring taste, or simply for the way she backpeddled her position to the judges, then I'd agree.
And again, I believe she had some really valid points we have to consider too. Even the devil can see evil, right? The way the judges operate can be pretty disgusting--Kors for example is a major blowhard--and the way they reacted to contestants deciding to not scapegoat someone is telling, just as their arrogant assumptions about why Michael's actions were the ones talked about by the group only AFTER they pretty much forced the group to play that "who's the worst" game (and they DID ask the question in that ridiculous fashion--"who's the worst" instead of as "what made you lose").
All I'm saying is that the judges and Tim both have a lot of egg on their faces too. At least the way this all was edited together suggests that.
And it will make me suspicious now if Gretchen magically goes home next episode. If there's some kind of well constructed argument that she's made yet another boring design I might otherwise have bought it, but there won't be the groundwork, since the judges have never deigned to notice how boring her work is--the very opposite in fact.