Thursday, September 7, 2017

This is Why You Don't Like the Cult of Paul


Previously....on BIIIIIG PAUL!

In the past few days I've gone over why Big Brother 19 is hard to watch, and why, as a result, I think Cody should win America's Favorite Player. In this article I'm going to do something similar, but with a twist.

First, I'm going to delve into why each of the remaining houseguests are either unlikable or likable. I've also cooked up a list of character traits that I think defines each of these people, from the manipulative Paul to the gullible Jason.

Lastly, for each houseguest I've boiled all of this down to a number ranging from one to ten. A "one" means this person is less likable than Frankie Grande; a "ten" means this person is the second coming of Dan Gheesling (or whoever you really like in Big Brother's history).

My intention isn't to anger fans of Paul or his followers; I simply wish to put in written word something that captures why the Cult of Paul is despised by so many.

That said, let's do this.


Paul

 

As I've repeated time and again, Paul should win this season. The extent to which he's controlled these houseguests is downright impressive. But that doesn't mean he's likable.

Simply put, Paul is full of himself. His need to push catchphrases and his brand on viewers comes across as fake and manufactured.

His overconfidence makes him a great player, but it also makes the game annoying to watch. How many times have we heard Paul confidently say something like "no homie, that's not how BB is played. This is how it's played..."?

Every time he's done this he's managed to stifle the gameplay of other people in his alliance. Of course, we can't put all of the blame on Paul here. After all, the other houseguests are at fault for believing him.

Paul's frenetic social gameplay reminds me a bit of BB17's Vanessa Rousso. But what Vanessa didn't have was a gaggle of adoring fans in the house, which Paul definitely has due to him being a returning player.

Likewise, I hesitate to equate Paul to Derrick, Dan, or Will. Primarily because Big Brother's Holy Trinity of Winners all won while being newbies, and in my opinion, it's Paul's veteran status that has catapulted him to the end more than anything else.


Paul's Character Traits
  • Overconfident
  • Narcissistic
  • Loud
  • Abrasive
  • Obnoxious 
  • Manipulative
  • Intelligent 
  • Cunning

 Final Score: 6 😈





Christmas

 

Christmas is an enigma. In this game she's been both easy to root for and hard to watch.

Her problem is much like Paul's: she's supremely overconfident, probably because she's already a minor celebrity. But unlike Paul, she hasn't done anything in the game to justify her haughtiness. And thus, her attitude comes across as crass and grating. (Case in point: Christmas has cited her two HoH victories, both of which were thrown to her, as reasons why she's awesome at the game...)

Christmas, as most live feed viewers will know, has a penchant for acting as the "peanut gallery" in the various bullying bashes that have occurred this summer. Most often this came in the form of sneering words like "deflecting" at whoever the Cult of Paul was targeting for eviction.

She was also one of the ring-leaders when it came to encouraging the house to harass Cody and Jessica for nearly an hour. 

At the end of the day, however, some of this could be forgiven were Christmas playing her own game. Unfortunately, she's playing Paul's.


Christmas's Character Traits
  • Smug
  • Snarky
  • Erratic 
  • Determined
  • Passionate
  • Opportunistic
  • Easily Influenced

Final Score: 5 😐





Josh

 

Josh is also playing Paul's game. But, what's especially annoying about Josh is that he has had several moments of "clarity" where he realizes that Paul is running the game, and yet has never acted on them.

At one point we witnessed Josh airing out his suspicions towards Paul, only to then ask Paul if he has his permission to take a nap. Come on man.

Josh is also unlikable because he can't stick to his guns. He has probably attacked more people in this game than anyone else. Sometimes, he even makes decent points while doing so. But every single time he's gotten himself into arguments, he breaks down and sobs afterwards.

I don't understand how he can't understand that other people aren't likely to take his attacks sitting down. That he still hasn't figured this out by now is almost unbelievable.

All that said, there is something endearing about Josh in that he's made it so far despite being such a volatile personality. But it's hard to throw your support behind him because he isn't really playing his own game.

To add insult to injury, he recently stated that, as much as he wants to win the game, he'd rather be loyal to Christmas and Paul.  

I can't respect that.

Josh's Character Traits
  • Unstable
  • Confrontational
  • Loud
  • Obnoxious 
  • Perceptive
  • Loyal
  • Gullible 
  • Easily Influenced

 Final Score: 4 😭





Alex

Alex is the self-proclaimed "Queen of Petty" for good reason. She's constantly berates people for the smallest of things. For example, she chewed Jessica out for supposedly hiding her Cat Ears (Raven did that), howled at Cody for eating her cereal (which she said he could eat), and ripped poor Mark to shreds for taking one of her pillows (after he apologized profusely).

Alex also says the nastiest things about Paul's targets. She went after Cody, his military service, his daughter, and his religion. She compared Kevin to a sexual offender, and called him old and fat.

In fact, going over the litany of insults Alex has thrown at other houseguests (usually behind their backs) would probably take this article over its prescribed word limit.  

But in the meantime, let's all laugh at the fact that Alex thinks she's America's sweetheart.


Alex's Character Traits
  • Narcissistic
  • Haughty
  • Confrontational
  • Petty
  • Petulant
  • Gullible 
  • Hypocritical
  • Easily Influenced

 Final Score: 1 💩





Jason


Jason seems to be a likable guy who has a decent personality. He's also the only one in the house who still treats Kevin with some amount of humanity.

But he's still unlikable, primarily because he can't see through the mist created by Alex, and in turn, Paul. Additionally, while he's cordial to Kevin in person, he still talks a lot of crap about him behind his back.

And as most are aware, Jason has a strange fondness for jokes that are offensive not only to women, but to anybody with a pulse. I won't repeat them here, but you can look them up.

Jason had the opportunity to "wake up" in the game, so to speak, with his HoH last week. Instead, he chose to continue playing Paul's game, regardless of whether it ended up getting him evicted this week.

Jason's gullibility, combined with his success in comps, made him Paul's #1 target. Thus it is no surprise that he's about to be blindsided.

In the end, Jason will be remembered as the guy who squandered his chance at 500K for a friendship with a girl who will probably forget about him a month after the show wraps.


Jason's Character Traits
  • Gullible
  • Crass
  • Funny
  • Shortsighted
  • Loyal
  • Easily Influenced

 Final Score: 5 😞





Raven

Raven is so unlikable that all of the unlikable people on this list dislike her nearly as much as the rest of America. We, unfortunately, don't have an exact count as to how many lies she's made in the house, but the list must be very high indeed.

Beyond her lies and her tendency to do nasty things on camera (that I won't describe here but that you can look up), she's unlikable because she's blinded by her adoration for Paul. Like so many of these houseguests, she's never played her own game, she's played Paul's. And because of that and some dumb luck, she just might find herself in the final two.


Raven's Character Traits
  • Screechy
  • Disingenuous
  • Obnoxious
  • Neurotic 
  • Gross
  • Easily Influenced

Final Score: 2 😨





Kevin

 

Kevin is, of the final seven, most likely to win America's Favorite Player, though I think he's done less to deserve it than Cody. Though it is true that the intricacies of Big Brother consistently elude Kevin, he makes up for that by being an endearing character.

His flaws are well known: he blindly follows Paul, he's not good at keeping secrets, and he has done a terrible job of making the houseguests less suspicious of him. He's also ridiculously bad at competitions.

But one thing that Kevin has going for him is his basic human decency. Even when he supremely dislikes someone, he makes an effort to try and make amends with them. This is perhaps best exemplified by how he threw a lifeline to Cody a few days before his eviction.

Unfortunately for Kevin, his tendency to establish a rapport with those about to leave the house has convinced the Cult of Paul that he's their enemy.

Can Kevin flip the script and end up winning the game? It's possible. All he has to do is figure out that Paul is running the game, win tonight's HoH, and take a shot at him.

Of course that's easier said than done, and it's unlikely that any of that will happen. But we can dream


Kevin's Character Traits
  • Genuine
  • Perceptive
  • Humane
  • Witty
  • Loquacious
  • Shortsighted 
  • Gullible
  • Easily Influenced

 Final Score: 7 😏

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