Thursday, June 21, 2018

Meet JC Mounduix - Despicable Wee House Guest #BB20

There is a time and place for everything, and apparently now we need to meet JC Mounduix, who is 28 and lives in West Hollywood, grew up in Miami, but was born somewhere in Spain.

He has a very heavy accent and I'm having trouble understanding what he says. I do understand Ross Mathews, so that's good.


Ross:  So are you gonna win Big Brother?

JC: I think so.

Ross:  Why?

JC:  Because I'm sociable, and I know how to do goofy ______________________, so I think if I can combine both of those, I'll be able to like........probably make it?

Ross:  Like, win the whole thing?

JC: Probably. I mean, you have to go into it with a positive attitude, right?


JC isn't sure if he's allowed to discuss his strategy, but Ross tells him that this conversation is just between them (and us), so it's okay.

JC:  OK.  My strategy is to be chill, and like, be the "ell" (?) and just agree with everybody..

Ross:  Be the ell?

JC:  ...like, not do anything extra or nothing, just to like, play the game and be very like, quiet...

Ross, helping out:  Under the radar.

JC:  Basically.  Thank you for helping.


JC wants to just get in there and see who he is playing with...he's getting nervous just talking about it.

Ross: Are you?  The game will test every part of your personality.

JC:  Yes, I know.  When I stop talking about it, I'm okay, but when I talk about it, I'm nervous.  But I'm usually very sociable, so I just want to be quiet, observe, try to do my best in competitions, and see what I can get from that, and that's what I'm gonna do.


Ross says we all want to know what JC does for a living.

JC:  Well, I'm a professional dancer, and I also do event production.  You know, we throw parties, entertainment, anything in the world of entertainment...that's pretty much it.  We do A LOT around the whole world, so it's kind of crazy.


Ross asked him the showmance question, and JC was indeed familiar with that.  He said everyone on Big Brother said they didn't want to do that, and then they did.  It's not his plan to have a showmance, because he really wants to be in there and play the game.

JC: No showmances!  No showmances!  No showmances!  That's what I tell myself every morning.


Ross: OK.  But you're single, right?

JC:  Yes, I'm single.  And I'm gay, too.

Ross:  Oh, you're gay too? Well it worked out for me.

They high-fived over that, a true bonding moment.  I will say that unlike most of the other house guests, JC showed a natural understanding of where the camera was, and treated it as if we were part of the conversation. For example, he would look over at the camera and nod about being single before looking back at Ross to continue the conversation, almost like breaking the fourth wall on a sitcom or something.


Ross asked JC to look at the camera and tell America why we should root for him this summer.

JC promised America that he's going to give us an amazing summer with a lot of entertainment and by the end of the summer we're all going to understand everything he's saying.

Ross got a chuckle out of that part. It was very self-aware, I must say.


JC:  Big Brother 20!  Whoo!


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

Yes, yes I know.  This is the most boring recap I've ever written.  I'll take that.  But I ask you, did you see what I had to work with?

Here's the Thing:  When I watched the live stream of this interview last Monday, I thought I was going to die before it was over.  It just went on and on and on, and I remember JC struggling to find the words, and lots of dead air.  It really was a total buzzkill and killed the momentum for me.  I was DREADING having to watch it again to write this recap.

But as I started watching, I saw several of those sort of smeary transition shots that indicated that material had been removed before posting the interview on the CBS website.  For example, they cut out a Unabomber comment Ross made to Winston Hines, and cut out comments Swaggy C made about CBS cutting Paul from The Amazing Race.

But in this case, there was nothing inflammatory or even interesting cut out.  I found a streamable version of the interview that was apparently recorded by someone as it played out live, and it was well over five minutes long.  The version of the interview that is archived on the CBS site is about three and a half minutes long.

So THANK YOU CBS for making my day better today.  CBS knows this casting decision was a HUGE mistake and probably shit bricks worrying about whether he would win the first HoH or not.  Because that HoH reign is nearly two weeks long and involves the HoH in many administrative functions that require them to make announcements, host meetings, and of course to kick off the summer's nominations.  That first HoH is always instrumental in the creation of alliances that never seem to pan out, but are often explosively entertaining, in a disastrous way.

Maybe JC did win the first HoH last night, but I don't think any of us can accept that happening until we see it with our own eyes.

Full Disclosure:  I am not a JC fan and the sooner he is evicted, the better it will be for me, and for this website.  So I'm not going to pretend otherwise.

If you're still reading this, you want the dirt, so I will be happy to provide that. I think my distaste for JC began before I even laid eyes on him, due to the following tweet.


Yeah, I'm not a fan of The Messiah, and I still consider Jozea's interview with Big Jeff to be the worst ever conducted in the Diary Room.  Even before he started walking around the house in his undies and being delusional, so I was a trendsetter with the Anti-Jozea movement.

And here is JC's twitter, which is protected for the summer.  Probably a good idea.  I've seen the fans describe him as a gay porn star, but I don't think he does porn.  He just dances at parties and is part of organizing various party events, which I know are quite popular with the targeted audience.


Here is a party promotional flyer----it's quite a scene as you can see.  If you've been to one of JC's parties please tell us all about it.  The scene kind of reminds me of the Club Kid scene of the 80's, with the costumes and very specific party vibe.

JC is a headliner, obviously.


And here is someone pointing out that a bunch of Drag Race stars follow him on Instagram.  I like Adore Delano.  This is kind of a big deal, I think, having all these famous drag queens as followers.


And now is the part that starts to get really cringey for me.  I'm guessing these are Halloween costumes, or maybe he was dressing for one of their theme parties or something, because he obviously had professional help putting his looks together.


I hope these people are paying JC decent money, and not totally taking advantage of him.

Does he have a family?  Do they know where he is and what he is doing? It's pretty bad when doing Big Brother is a turn towards wholesome entertainment for you.  And I mean, a sharp right turn.


And this is the filth that I know you've already heard about.  JC may have locked up his Twitter and Instagram accounts, but someone got this from his Vine account.  I don't even think Vine exists anymore, but you know what they say, what goes on the internet, stays on the internet.



Yeah, okay, so this is why I say that CBS is going to want JC off the show as soon as possible.  The fine folks who created the Minions are probably sitting with a team of attorneys right now drafting a scathing letter to Les Moonves or something.

(Any trademark or entertainment attorneys who can chime in on how this might impact CBS?  Or if it might?  Other than the obvious total lack of scruples and lack of thorough background checks.)

Last night the premiere episode was taped with a ton of former BB US contestants in the audience, about 50, if you believe the estimates.  They were in attendance up until the time that the 16 newbies walked into the house and were ushered out after that to keep the HoH competition results a secret, as well as the first Twist.  (Because you know there has got to be a twist.)

Anyway, I heard through the grapevine that when JC went out onstage carrying his Big Brother duffle bag, some of the BB people in the audience yelled out "MINION" quite a few times.  Pretty sure we will NOT be hearing that on next Wednesday night's show.  If I were Julie, I would try to get him ejected without ceremony, like maybe announcing on an upcoming episode that he had some sort of "family emergency" and had to leave suddenly.

No way would I want to sit onstage and conduct an exit interview with a stuffed "animal" fucker.  I'm not sure what a Minion is supposed to be, but it looks like an animal to me.

(Surely you know about Metta World Peace proudly fornicating with Orwell the Stuffed Owl during Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, right?  Big Brother is on quite a roll with the dubious casting choices, it seems.)

Do you give a shit about JC's CBS bio?  Well, I don't, but here it is.


Well, there is one interesting thing there.....JC seems very comfortable with himself to me, which is actually quite admirable, but he says he has a short fuse when it comes to his height.  I wonder what he means by that, exactly?  I don't think anyone should mock anyone for things like physical aspects out of their control, so I hope we don't see ugly stuff like that on the show this season.

Just get him out of there, please.  I'm sure he can book a ton of parties this summer after a few episodes of CBS coverage on Big Brother.  Really, it's best for everyone.

Meet Angie Lantry - From a Galaxy Far Out There. #BB20

Let's all watch Ross Mathews as he conducts his interview with Angie Lantry, who is 35 and is from Columbia, Maryland.  (She says she's 34, though, so maybe it's a timing issue.)

(I know.  Ross can't believe this is happening, either.  Just look at his face.)

Oh, and before we begin, you should know that "Far Out" was an expression used in the 70's by lots of Far Out characters.  Plus Greg Brady of course.




***SIDEBAR***

I've actually spent considerable time in Columbia Maryland for my job a few years back, and I don't recall seeing anyone there who looks like Angie.  Columbia was rather experimental back in the day for being a"planned community" with the whole "Live Work Play" concept as it's base.  I remember reading Oprah's cookbook that she wrote with a chef named Rosie after she lost all of that weight (the first time...when she came out on stage with the wagon full of lard) and there were a few chapters in the book where Oprah told stories about her prior eating habits.  Apparently one of Oprah's first on-camera jobs was a newscaster and she lived in Columbia Maryland.  Oprah used to go to the Columbia Mall on her day off, or at the start of a weekend, and buy something at EVERY food stand in the food court, and then take it all home to binge.  I went to that mall with a co-worker after I read that and I can remember walking around the food court and pondering what a crazy world we all live in.  Then we went to a fancy restaurant a few miles away because there is no way in hell I'm blowing an expense account dinner on some shit like Panda Express or the Great American Cookie Company.  I think Oprah ate one of those huge birthday cake-replacement type cookies all by herself, though.

Just goes to show you.  Everybody has their own problems to deal with, no matter who you are.  Which leads us back to Angie Lantry, I suppose.

***END OF SIDEBAR***

Ross tells Angie that she's cute, and she introduces herself as "Angie Rockstar" and then has to explain that she was "given that name" way back in high school, probably because her mother told her and her friends that they 'partied like rock stars".

(Pretty sure Ross expected her to provide a much more interesting backstory about the name....such as that Angie followed Our Lady Peace's tour bus around as a groupie for four years or something.)


Ross wondered if Angie will be a Rockstar in the BB house, and she has an answer for him.

Angie:  Of course!  I come from a family of Rockstars....

Ross knows better than to ask about that now...

Angie:  .....my kids are Rockstars....

She tells Ross she has three children and is a stay-at-home mom now, but in the past she managed nightclubs.  Ross wondered if she's a fan of the show and she says "I am NOW", which tells us pretty much what we need to know about that.  Angie says her parents were the "original Super Fans" of  the show, and her mom has been encouraging her to apply for the show for years, but she was just too busy "managing nightclubs" to do that.

Angie is very expressive and uses her hands and arms to illustrate her point and to show emphasis. This feels natural, like she would be this way at home, too.


Angie just had a baby last December named Isaac and she shoehorned in a corny joke about that which implied that Isaac's birth was unplanned.

Angie:  Isaac is such a funny baby...he saw that IUD and said IU Don't.

So while she wasn't working outside of the house she put a tape together to apply for the show, and watched a bunch of the seasons to prepare herself.  She listed the following seasons as those she watched:  BB6, BB7, BB8, BB9, BB10, BB12, BB14 and BB16.

(Why don't any of these house guests ever mention BB17?  Or say they admire strong female players like BB17's Vanessa and Shelli?  I was thinking about it yesterday, and BB17 was GREAT to watch as a fan.  We had the whole Twin Twist saga, all of Austen's drama, the hilarious duo of Jason and Da'Vonne, Vanessa's secret poker career, Audrey's blanketing, Clay's heel turn, the incredible weirdness of Johnny Mac, etc etc etc. There really was something for everyone that season.)


Angie thinks her nightclub experience will help her in the game, because she has experience dealing with all sorts of people, she has learned how to delegate, and how to know when to say or not say something.

Angie:  Most of this game is about how you interact with people, and like....where you can trust, or where you should hold back.  And it you get really far, if your're too cool people don't want to take you with them, because other people like you too much.  So I guess every so often you've got to cuss someone out in the kitchen.

Ross, nodding:  Or, you've got to win a competition. You've got your social game, but are you ready to get dirty and win some competitions?

Angie:  Absolutely.  Especially the endurance competitions, because I'm just gonna trance out and repeat my kids names.  I've given birth naturally three times, so I can tolerate some pain!  You just have to do some breathing and just get through it.  I mean, I didn't do the epidural, so I'm sure I can get through a Big Brother competition.

Ross is loving Angie's thought process here, and it's certainly not something we hear every year, if ever, from the new house guests.

Ross:  We're going to see you hanging off of something doing Lamaze out there.

Angie, laughing:  Yes!  You got it!


Angie thinks tasks that require great physical strength, like lifting or maybe speed may be a weakness for her.

Angie:  I haven't worked out in a long time, but I can tolerate pain, and I have determination.

Ross points other aspects of the game that might be hard for her, such as being away from her family for 90+ days if she makes it far enough, having to eat slop...is Angie ready for such a prolonged game?

Angie:  Absolutely.  This is my 34th year, and I've always said that 34 is my favorite number, so I think I'm either gonna die, or have the best year of my life.  I've been saying that forever, and I haven't died yet.

Ross: Well then, we're going to have the best year of your life then!


Ross:  There are some tough choices in this game.  It's not all sunshine and puppies.

Angie, waving her hands around: Oh, I KNOW.

Ross asks her the Big Question, at the end of the season would Angie rather win and be hated by America, or lose and have everybody love her?  It only took a few seconds for Angie to react.

Angie:  Well, some of America is gonna drag you no matter what!  (Ross nods.)  So ultimately I'm in it to win that 500K for my family, so we can buy a house, so I can take them to Disney World, so I can buy my man a boat because he's tolerating me leaving for this amount of time, with all these kids.  I mean, ultimately I'm doing this for my tribe, my family and I love America, and I hope they enjoy me, but really, you participate in this game for the end prize.


Ross:  Buy your man a boat, that's one way to keep your love afloat!

Angie:  OH, I LOVE THAT!


Now, as Ross prepares to wrap it up, he asks Angie to look right in the camera and tell America why we should root for her.


Angie:  I think America should love me because I love all types of people.  I'm also a mother, and I'm a hard worker.  I'm every woman, as they say, and there's not one person that I can't find some commonality with, and I actually believe that if we focus on our commonalities and not our differences, there would be a lot more peace in this world.

Before they closed Ross asked her if she know where they were, and Angie turned around to look at everything and guessed correctly that they are in the Diary Room. 

Ross: You're in a room in the Big Brother house RIGHT NOW.

Angie:  That is so EXCITING!

Let me point out that previous house guests have said that on interview day, they are led around inside by their handlers, wearing blindfolds to prevent them from seeing the other contestants as they shuffle to and fro, taking turns for each interview.  They have no idea where they are or how they got there, because the day is so long and confusing.  And during BB8, before the twist was revealed, the "surprise twist" house guests were sequestered in the HoH room before being released in the house to surprise the other house guests who were already there.  Evel Dick said he didn't have any idea that the room they sat in for quite some time was the HoH Room, so it is true that they are off kilter after being led around by the arm and such.

Also, once the game starts there are makeup kits behind the couch, one for each house guest so they can powder their nose or do other touch ups before their DR session.  Just an FYI since I am typing after two huge cups of cold brew coffee.


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

I watched all of these interviews as they streamed live on the CBS website, and I remember having a hard time watching this the first time around.  I'm just not into the house guests who try to be too gimmiky and create "characters" for the show.  I know some of you will point out that I liked Swaggy C, so yes, I guess I am a hypocrite about this.

But Angie's interview was much better on a second viewing.  She had some interesting and fresh things to say, and seemed to be a natural conversationalist, working easily with Ross, totally in the moment.

The look is still WAY too much for me. Angie is 34, but I would have believed 44, or maybe even 54 if you showed me the last picture.  It's just too much for one person to handle.  I get that she's a free spirit and a hippie-type person, but I always think people can try to express their individuality in a manner that is flattering to them.  But maybe that's why Angie is on Big Brother and I'm not.  All of the "hot girl" slots for this season are taken, and Angie seems content to stay in her lane.  I will try to let this topic go this summer as far as Angie goes and accept what she puts out there.  Unless I just can't contain myself, of course.

If the first person evicted on Premiere Night (I'm guessing that will happen) is based on a competition, such as Jodi in BB14, then Angie might be in trouble, particularly if it's a physical strength situation.  But if it's more of a judgement call on someone else's part, hopefully there are one or two others who will make themselves a bigger target.

Angie seems smart, and I think she will fill the mother role in the house as far as comforting people and giving non-judgmental advice.  I hope she is ready to tell us all some grungy tales from the Nightclub World, because stuff like that will make the other house guests seek her out during the long stretches of downtime and boredom.  I'm guessing she'll cook, too, but there are so many healthy fitness buffs in that house that her cooking will likely be cause for scorn.

(Like in BB14 everyone was whispering about all of the fat and calories in Chef Joe Arvin's dinners.)

Angie is not getting much love from the Jokers Updates crowd, but some other BB notables are tweeting about her.  Such as Miss Cleo.  I haven't seen any Harry Potter movies (but I've had a few great naps while trying to watch the first one), but even I get the Hogwarts reference here.


And this guy covers Big Brother for The Hollywood Reporter, so if he liked Angie, then there must be something there, because he has interviewed dozens  hundreds of contestants over the years.  She looks much different without the glasses, doesn't she?


And this lighting is much better for her look --this is from her ET interview.  I just watched this interview, conducted by Ika Wong and Angie was even better with Ika, totally at ease and honest, which is refreshing.  She said she's always been a bit of a weirdo and even as a youth when she tried to fit in by wearing socially accepted clothes and shoes, she was still considered strange, so she just decided to go all out and dye her hair and "go George Clinton" about it.  She also said she would shave her head in a competition this summer if necessary.  She's ready to play, she says.

She also said she was in labor last Christmas with her son and "tried to hold it" so that he wouldn't be born on the holiday.  She didn't want her other two kids to think she ruined Christmas for them.  So Issac was born on 3:26 AM on December 26th.  So that does show incredible determination, doesn't it?  Particularly without an epidural.....


When I first saw this I thought it was a photoshop, but those are Angie's tattoos on her left arm, and also that upper arm bracelet on her right arm.  I don't know where you kids found this, but you found it.


Let's take a glance at Angie's CBS bio to see if we learn anything new.

Well, Angie is crunchy, but we already knew that.  She talked about saging with Ika, and also admitted to "wearing a few crystals that would help her", but we can confirm the crunchiness with a few points from her bio.

*  Eclectic and magical are two of her three self-descriptive words.
*  Drum circle action.
*  Ganesh, the Elephant God reference.
*  More talk of sage and bad juju.
*  And crystals, too.
*  Unicorns at her wedding.

Well, I feel like we need to get a look at that husband, right?  Hopefully she can make it through the first week because I think she deserves that.  I'm not even going to crack on her for liking Frankie and Joey, because what's she gonna say, Derrick Levasseur? Derrick is way too vanilla for the likes of Angie Rockstar Lantry.

This is an example of how just going off first impressions might give you an incorrect or quite incomplete view of someone.  I feel differently about her in the game now than I did after quickly watching her first interview with Ross.

But...it's also an example for you kids about the importance of first impressions in general.  Like for a job interview, or just being out in the world meeting people.  You never know who you're going to see, or who is going to see you, so you should try to be your authentic best self every time you put yourself out there.

So, Angie probably won't win BB, but if she stays she will entertain us and add to her her story collection, which is probably a few books long already.

***ALSO***

Earlier in this post I pulled a reference to Our Lady Peace out of thin air and just realized many of you may not be familiar with that band.  I was thinking about Canada today, and how they were the first nation in history to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use....that became official today, and retail sales will begin this October 17th.  Anyway, I was thinking about how happy all the Canadians must be, and thought about Canadian bands, etc etc.  This is one of them, back from the 90's.

Enjoy Canadients!