Not nearly as many reader emails to get to today. I told you once the offseason rolls around, the emails tend to slow down and people don’t have as many questions. So I’ll give you what I can that came in over the last week, including more influx from foreigners. I’m truly baffled by the overseas love. Thank you very much. Here we go:
I was reading your reaction to James Durbin’s performance and found myself yet again reminded of his backstory. At the age of 3 I was diagnosed with tourettes. It has been hell at times but something that I have been able to live my life as normal as most people. We all have something wrong with us. Just most of the time it isn’t quite as noticeable as tourettes. It’s funny you would think that since I am a sufferer as well I would root for James for that very reason. But I don’t. He is a great performer and keeps me entertained on Wednesday nights, but I feel as though he is using his illness to gain fans. That sickens me. I also find it hard to believe that he has aspergers. As a caregiver I have taken care of many autistic patients and never have I seen one of them capable of changing their lives so much. It just seems strange to me and doesn’t quite add up. And now Casey has an illness, they have all had the flu. I guess the point to my email is….do you share my same fustration? I realize shows like these are all about winning over the fans, but how low will they stoop?
I wish this show could be about the production and the performances. We will have the opportunity to learn more about them as they prove they have what it takes to be a star.
Another question for ya regarding the Bachelor/ette if all the non-picked are sent home when they don’t get a rose and they don’t leave again to meet up with bachelor/ette, can’t their families figure out they weren’t chosen? I know I would know if my sister came home and was broken hearted.
Comment: Well, I completely disagree with that assessment of James. I don’t think he’s using his illness to gain fans at all. I mean, he has Tourettes. Don’t really think he’s faking that. And honestly, since his audition, they haven’t really brought it up, or the Aspergers that he suffers from as well. Basically, he’d be the worst human being alive if he told 22 million people he has Aspergers when he doesn’t. He might as well just check straight into hell if he’s pulling that over on everyone. Look, I’m no expert, but my sister has taught children with forms of autism for 11 years, so all my knowledge comes from things I’ve heard from her, and from what I can remember, you can be a fully functioning individual even if you have Aspergers. James is proof of that.
As for your Bachelor/ette question, ummmm, yeah. It’s not that hard to figure out. If you leave to do the show and a week later you’re home, pretty much means you got booted early.
hello steve! i’am writing you because i’am searching for the beautiful piano music of the bachelor show and i’am not succeeding at all. if you know where i can find them or the name of the composer.
thank you very much.
Comment: The minute I ever know who composes the cheesy music for this show, feel free to club me over the head with a 3-iron. I honestly have no idea and nor do I care. But good luck in your search.
Hey Steve! Just wanted you to add me to your “foreigner” list. I am an American living in Zambia, and I faithfully read your column every week, usually before I download the show on itunes–it makes it so fun to watch! Some of my Zambian friends have seen the show, and they are just completely shocked at how many girls the Bachelor kisses right after each other!
Comment: Zambia? Wow. I’ve done it now. I know I’ve hit it big when the local Zambians are talking about me. And the minute I have a clue where Zambia is, I’ll be sure to never forget you guys. Thanks for the support. Give my love to all Zambians out there. Isn’t that something you take to help you fall asleep?
Hey Steve thanks for the e-mail back,
I just wanted to let you know how much I really do enjoy your column. I didn’t watch the bachelor til this past season and I discovered your column pretty early on. I love watching it and making fun of it, even though at the same time I love Brad and Emily and I want them to work out. About two weeks ago I was diagnosed with Lupus and have been literally stuck in the hospital with nothing to do. So what I’ve done is watched past seasons off itunes and read your column as I go through it and I have to say it makes it infinitely more entertaining. So thank you, your column has helped me not be so bored and concentrate on something else.
Keep ’em coming!
Comment: This is awesome. It’s emails like this that make me actually feel somewhat better about myself for making fun of this awful show. I’ve always said that I’m here to entertain. And whether that’s one person or thousands of people, if you’re entertained, then I’m doing something right. Glad I can make you feel better in any way I can, even if it is something as small as a little laughter. Get well.