And I'm not even annoyed for my usual reason.
I've already said before in this post that I hate the show. I could go on forever about why I hate the show's premise. But I think I said it best previously, so to quote that post:
"Yanking someone out of their daily life, throwing them into a gym for 6+ hours a day, totally controlling their diet for them, and creating motivation for them... then throwing them back into their daily life, with no additional coaching, and expecting them to keep up the change. I just can't figure out why that isn't maintainable." *insert eye roll*
Oh! And don't let the show lie to you and show you falsehoods about how their contestants are doing so awesome post Biggest Loser. If my discussion about Tara Costa wasn't enough of an example for you, then check out another previous contestant. Apparently, Biggest Loser is claiming he finished a marathon in
But that's not what I'm here to talk about today, even if I do hate the show and think they're lying to the general public.
So, if I'm not here to rant today about the basic format of the show, why am I annoyed?
Well, it starts with this fun fact: for those of you who don't know (as I did not until I read this article), Ruben Studdard of American Idol has been selected to participate in the 2013/2014 airing season of Biggest Loser.
Apparently, he is the heaviest contestant on the show, ever, by over 50 lbs. At age 35, he weighed in at the start of the show at 462.
As I read this, and all I could say was - wow, good for him!! He realized he needed to change his life. That is really hard to do!
OK, fast forward.
Although Ruben is busting it at the "ranch", losing 21 pounds at the first weigh in, apparently he can't catch a break. (BTW, I hate the name "ranch" - what is this, a literal translation for fat farm? Hahaha, good way to stick it to the fatties, Biggest Loser. *sarcastic thigh slap*)
Why do I say Ruben can't catch a break? Because after a particularly hard day of training, he stripped off his shirt and jumped into an ice bath to soothe his aching muscles... and lead trainer Jillian Michaels proceeded to bully him about his back hair.
This guy is doing his best to better himself. He's admitted he's overweight. He's busting it. He's changing his lifestyle 180 degrees.
He deserves a ton of positive re-enforcement for his hard work.
And you, Jillian Michaels, are going to make fun of his physical appearance?
The same Jillian Michaels, professional fitness trainer by trade, who recently failed to train herself properly for an entry level triathlon? (If you want some lolz, btw, check out this post and watch the associated videos.)
You don't think Reuben has enough challenges to deal with right now, Jillian? You have to point out one more thing to REALLY rub the salt in the wound?
To make matters worse, Ruben tried to be confident about himself by offering an AWESOME response: "Let me tell you something, baby. That's the real man in me," Ruben said. "You understand me?"
But apparently, Jillian did not understand. Instead, she continued to bully, calling Ruben's back hair "totally unacceptable".
I am so disgusted by Jillian's behavior I can't even stand it.
Even a previous contestant was quoted as responding to this situation by saying: "Jillian is a hater, I don't appreciate that. You know, I think everything about Ruben Studdard is sexy."
Props to that guy.
And shame on Jillian.
And you know what, Ruben? Here's what I think. The show is giving you workout clothes to wear each episode, right? I'm sure they have logo'd shirts or branded product placements that ensure you never have to pay for your own stuff.
So, every time Jillian comes by now, I suggest you take advantage of all the free shirts, and pull a Hulker:
Really rub that hair in Jillian's face. Be proud of who you are. Don't drink the Jillian Michaels hater-aid.
And to the rest of you, my dedicated blog readers, don't drink the Biggest Loser Kool-Aid ... period. Stop watching the show and start practicing healthy lifestyle habits on your own.