There’s a summer lull going on right now, so I’m going to seize this opportunity to talk about some Real World & Challenge moments that happened before this blog existed.
Right now, we’re going to talk about the kind-of-controversial Beth VS. Svetlana Duel we saw 8 years ago.
During this Duel, Svetlana fought Beth is a game called Push Me. Both competitors started behind a pole and had to push toward the flag. By inching toward the flag, you were inching your opponent away from the flag. Once you get to the flag you must unclip the carabiner and retrieve the flag, you can’t just rip it off.
After a half-hour stalemate, Beth pushed herself to the flag. Frustrated by this, Svetlana begins to cry, jiggles the pole, then leaves the playing field to cry. As she jiggles the pole she causes the poorly attached flag to rip off of the carabiner. Then, but unclips the remaining portion of the flag while Svetlana cries.
Ultimately, Svetlana wins this Duel because Beth was disqualified for ripping the flag. But who truly deserved to win?
Firstly, if this game was based purely on who can push the opponent, Beth would have won. She was stronger than Svetlana, and it seems like that was the objective of this game.
Secondly, Svetlana walks off of the playing field. I’ve always wondered why this wasn’t considered a disqualification. She just left to the game to go cry, leaving Beth in the game.
Thirdly, TJ clearly says you can’t “just rip the flag.” Beth didn’t just rip the flag, she ripped it and then unclipped it because Svetlana walked away from the game.
So with these pointS, I believe that Beth should have been the victor. I truly believe the decision to DQ Beth was made because Svetlana was deemed “more entertaining” by production.
Who do you think should have won?