Originally Posted by Tilden
I think it's humorous that a lot of this started because I was just saying that most people who make the "I want the money" do it because they really need it, but Rob is doing it to get more.
I NEVER stated that there was anything wrong with that. I just wanted to point out he doesn't need it and it was unusual to hear it from him. On the other hand, Julie does need it, but we didn't hear of it until she was voted out. :shrug :lol It wasn't a judgement statement. Just an observation.
Here is another thing. I like Rob, always have. I just don't like him in this season but it has EVERYthing to do with the how the show is running. Normally witty and charming, he's a bore this season to me. Also, I hate the advantage he was given by coming into a cast of newbies after having played the game four times. Add to that that Jeff has a major love interest in him and it all makes me kind of ill.
I don't blame Rob for it... Jeff, the producers, everything else that has added up to this season being the worst I have ever seen. (I've never missed ONE episode... LIVE!) Rob is a part of it, and the beneficiary of it, and I hate this season, so Rob goes with that. I should also note that I don't think Rob saying the money was important to him would have even registered with me if it hadn't been shortly followed in the next segment with Jeff orgasmically yelling "Rob is literally carrying his family on his back!" Squee Jeff, really. It all adds up.
One final thing. I think that people should play the game for whatever reason they like. For the money, just to win, for a charity... whatever. It's their game, and if they win, it's their money. Why shouldn't they do with it what they like?
I don't like to see people favoured for "being in need" or "playing for a charity" but I don't think it should be held against them, either. Just make it a level playing field and leave it at that.
Maybe my memory is bad, but did Rob specifically say the money was important to him, or did he go on and on in some other way about needing it? All I remember is a comment when discussing how badly he wants to win, that he also wants to provide a better life for his family, which is pretty much the goal of every loving husband and father, isn't it? I guess I just didn't read as much into this standard throwaway line (IMO) as others did regarding Rob's primary intentions for doing the show. And he said it privately, not to his tribemates, so he's not looking for sympathy from the jury either.
Keep in mind, we don't know for sure that Rob doesn't need the money as well as the title. It is possible that he and Amber invested the $$ and may have lost some, a lot, or even the majority of it when the economy tanked, or when the bottom dropped out of the housing market, etc. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't think it's necessary to reveal the extent of your financial situation, and I don't think, as has been pointed out above, it should matter to the outcome one way or the other. We've had people a lot richer than Rob go on the show (Russell, Jimmy Johnson, Taj are some that come to mind) and we've had those who are probably worse of and struggling (Jane, Julie who was losing her house, etc). Rob didn't say he was broke, he just said he wanted to provide for his family. That's what most husbands and fathers want. :up