Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lydia from #BB11 Makes a Sad Return to Reality TV

Remember Lydia Tavera from Big Brother #11?  She was memorable for her tattoos, a drunken fight with Big Jeff, and wasting no time getting physical with Mr. Pectacular himself, Jessie Godderz.

I was watching Online Dating Rituals of the American Male on Bravo last night and much to my surprise, Lydia popped up as one of the online "dates".  I put that in quotation marks because I'm assuming the "dates" begin with a casting call, rather than the standard online dating process.  The show is a 60 minute format that features the dating dramas of two different men each week and I find it very entertaining.  I started watching it from Episode #1 because Alex "Prime Time" Stein from the Glass House was one of the featured bachelors.  I was not disappointed in Episode #1---Alex certainly delivered entertainment from start to finish....

OK, so things didn't work out so well for our Lydia during her appearance on the show.  One of the Males on last weeks' show was a guy named Adey, who describes himself as a "bad ass".  He is extremely fit, and has a bunch of pictures of himself posted on his dating profile playing the "motorcycle dude" role.

Adey hated his first "date", and while trolling for his second "date", he became enchanted with Lydia's profile when responding to a message she left for him.  (Is this on  or Plenty of Fish?  or Reality Casting Calls?  They don't say, so we don't know.)

Adey loved Lydia's tatted up profile pictures, and made a big point of mentioning how he loved her long dark hair.  When I saw the profile pictures, I didn't recognize Lydia from BB11 even though she uses the name Lydia on her profile.  

Since Adey mentioned her long dark beautiful hair several times, I knew exactly what was coming, and the producers did their best to build the tension as Adey approached the bar to meet Lydia for a drink.

OK, so before we get to the part where Lydia is totally slammed by Adey numerous times right on camera, let's review the above picture.  Adey is in a car, but is on the passenger Adey in a taxi?  A town car?  A stretch limo?

No, he is catching a ride to the date with his friend, who was featured on an earlier episode of  Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.  He's catching a ride, because Adey has had "some legal trouble" and isn't allowed to drive.  I think he took public transportation to his first date, and calls his friend after dates to catch a ride home after the dates (or "a scoop" as Adey phrases it).

I mention this because Adey is a very critical guy, and of course women have a long history of being judged by their looks.  I'm not here to change that, but if Adey is going to judge women based on their looks, then it is fair for us to judge him for having to catch rides like a little boy.  I'm thankful that he isn't driving without a license, endangering the fine citizens of Los Angeles, but if he is going to cruelly criticize others we can also judge him.

So Adey gets to the bar and lets us all know that he hated Lydia's short blonde hair.  In fact, he said that he was very tempted to turn around and run when he saw her sitting at the bar.  I guess he wouldn't have been able to get his paycheck from Bravo if he did that, not to mention his friend had probably driven halfway down the street at that point.  It's hard to storm out and speed away when you are on foot in L.A, I guess.

Adey mentions several times that Lydia's profile was misleading, implying she "pulled one over on him".  Bravo hammers the point home by giving us a side-by-side view.

Hey Jackass---ever heard of a wig?  A weave?  Clip-ons?  Would ANYONE think the picture on the above left is real hair?

Lydia did her best to make small talk with Adey the Asshole, flirting and touching his arm as she complimented his profile pictures and his motorcycle dude style.  He was rude to her face, and super rude in his one-on-one camera interviews, really driving home the concept that Lydia is way, way, way , way beneath his lofty standards.

He even made a very insulting comment to her as they left the bar.  She asked him if he was going home to work, and he shot right back that he was going home to look online for another date.

Classy Adey, classy.

The sad part is that Lydia offered to give him a ride home, even after being totally humiliated, and went in for a kiss as she dropped him off.  He let us know very clearly that the kiss was not his idea, and as the segment concluded we saw Lydia immediately call "her friend" (ie. Production) to say that Adey was a real keeper and after that kiss she was sure that she would see him again.

Only if you are driving shifts on Uber, Lydia.

Lydia wasn't my favorite Big Brother house guest, but I felt oddly protective of her as this whole scene played out.  She still seems lively and full of hope, and I hope this little episode doesn't set her back too much.  I shudder to think what it may have been like for Lydia watching this episode for the first time, and hopefully the only time.

Adey, you suck dude.  If you can post motorcycle pictures of yourself when you aren't allowed to drive, then Lydia can wear a wig in her profile pictures.

(Also, Adey did approve of his third "date", and if that girl wasn't wearing a weave, then I'll be a monkey's uncle.)  (I've never used that expression before, but I've always wanted to...)