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June 24, 2011

As “Thousands” Jeer

Filed under: Television — Twistie @ 8:30 am

Sooo… Master Chef. Anybody out there watch the US version? I have to admit I haven’t. I haven’t seen the UK version, either. Just one of those things I haven’t gotten around to doing.

Still, a lot of people did tune in on monday night to hear Gordon Ramsay unleash his typical tirades of vitriol at unwitting contestants like this:

Ah yes, I can hear it now:

You stupid @#$@%ing @#%@er, get the @$&^&% out of my &(^$#* kitchen! *%%%^ me!

What? I’ve seen enough episodes of Kitchen Nightmares to have sussed out his entire vocabulary, and about 85% of it is in that one sentence. Maybe that’s why I don’t try Master Chef. No matter how talented the guy is, or how much he knows, he spends so much time screaming at people that they’re idiots, quickly followed by whines of “I’m just being ^$*%E$ing honest with you” when anyone gets up enough backbone to object to being treated so @$@^%ily, that I can’t really stand him.

Hence my not watching Master Chef. And hence my missing what one eagle-eyed viewer has brought to the attention of the media world:

I know it’s difficult to see at this size, but if you look carefully, you’ll see circles drawn over the picture, two each in red, yellow, and blue. The matching circles (well, and ovals, because a couple of them are more that shape) represent places where the film editing wizards have doubled the images of contestants to make the crowd look bigger than it actually was.

Seriously? You guys needed to do that?

No, I don’t hold Gordon personally responsible for this. I doubt he broke into the editing suite in the middle of the night to confuse and mislead America as to the popularity of his new-to-the-USA show. And it really doesn’t strike me as terribly important in the grand scheme of things. Certainly it’s no comparison to starving children or e coli breakouts.

So what is it? A reminder that even reality television isn’t very real. An amusing bit of trivia. Maybe even a way to fill space on a few blogs across the web.

Who knows? Maybe Gordon Ramsay’s television persona isn’t who he really is, either. Maybe there’s a kinder, gentler Gordon who knows how to moderate his tone and treat people with civility. Perhaps in real life – as opposed to reality shows – he’s as gentle as that lamb draped around his neck:

… but I wouldn’t count on it.


  1. Ah, Twistie. We are so ^$*%E$ing different.

    Comment by raincoaster — June 24, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  2. @raincoaster:%#$%^$ You, you delightfully @#%#y git! LOL! Take care and come back to us soonest.

    Comment by Twistie — June 24, 2011 @ 6:55 pm

  3. I’ve never understood why “I’m just being honest!” is the get out of jail free card for being mean or rude to someone.

    Comment by class factotum — June 26, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  4. Neither do I, Class Factotum! Even when a rude statement is honest, it’s still rude. And honesty rarely requires wholesale verbal abuse.

    Comment by Twistie — June 26, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  5. the only reason I would watch Gordan Ramsey again was if I was promised he was gonna cross some fireman-cook and get the ever loving crap kicked out of him, on live tv, with commentary and slow motion instant replay of his teeth flying across the room

    Comment by Thea — June 27, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  6. @Thea: I’m betting there are a lot of people who would pay good money to see that! Me? I think I’ll just sit back and not bother watching him again.

    Comment by Twistie — June 28, 2011 @ 11:25 am

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