Auf Wiedersehen 1
It’s hard not to write “FUCK YOU, BUNIM/MURRAY!!!!!”
Oh, wait. We just did.
Seriously, when the show pulls out crack-smokery like this, it’s always difficult the next morning to come up with a cogent, reasoned response. And why should we, you ask? Well, because “FUCK YOU!!!!” responses are not exactly hard to find on the internet and we try to be a little better than that.
“FUCK YOU!!!” That is.
To Bunim/Murray. So it would read like this:
“FUCK YOU, BUNIM/MURRAY!!!!”
As you can see, we’re better than that.
Christ, what are we supposed to say here? We saw the final collections back in February. Once the designers established their aesthetics, it wasn’t hard to figure out who was in the final three. For us, it was all about waiting to see how they got to that point.
So when this beautiful dress came out and blew all the other dresses out of the water, and then when all the judges admitted that it was a beautiful dress and the only one that truly looked inspired by the inspiration, we thought, “Were we wrong? Is Gordana in the final three?” Because even jaded, cynical long-time PR commenters like us couldn’t figure out how she could be auf’d if the judges loved her dress.
We STILL can’t figure it out. And while we don’t want to take any of the deserved blame away from the judges – especially Nina with her “I don’t know who she is” crap. NEWSFLASH, CHICA: YOU DON’T KNOW WHO SHE IS BECAUSE YOU WERE FLYING ALL OVER THE WORLD WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN SITTING IN THAT JUDGES SEAT – the fact of the matter is, this has producer manipulation written all over it.
After all, they found themselves in this predicament before. In season 3, they couldn’t decide who to send home after judges’ pet Michael made a crappy dress and judge’s punching bag Uli made a beautiful dress, so they sent all 4 of them to Bryant Park. In season 4, they couldn’t make up their minds so they sent all 5 designers to Bryant Park.
We realize that the lawsuit was hanging over this production the whole time and no one involved in the show was really on their game, but why couldn’t they do as the Magical Elves did and just give the woman her damn due? She clearly NAILED the challenge. Send her to Bryant Park, for Christ’s sake. Would it have killed them to have someone not young and perky in the finale?
But frankly, those judges should be ashamed of themselves. They certainly looked it. That was the most sheepish judging session we’ve ever seen. Why not just have the producers standing behind them and whispering everything in their ears on camera? It wouldn’t have been any less obvious.
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