Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 has got to be one of the most exciting seasons yet. A twisted set of housemates, twisted set of rules and a whole lot of twisted set of twists, if you know what I mean.
This is the first season ever that a surprise house guest has been introduced into the Pinoy Big Brother
prison house. We all loved how Mariel looked when she got the shock of her life that she was to become one of the housemates. How she knew it all along. How she hyperventilated. How her manager Boy Abunda consoled her. In the end, she accepted the fact and blended with the housemates.
Not more than a week ago, yet another house guest was introduced into the house, this time in the person of PBB Primetime host Toni Gonzaga. Her reaction to her
imprisonment entrance into the PBB house pales in comparison with Mariel’s, but we all love Toni and she proved to be a valuable addition to the crazy set of housemates until the time she finally bid goodbye.
House guests are not housemates in themselves, rather mere onlookers who act as “spies” for Kuya. They are not fully integrated into the household but they share the same tasks as the normal housemates. They maintain a certain distance and detachment from the housemates because, in reality, they really are not part of the household.
This new setup creates quite a problem which I’d like to call the Super Mariel Complex (wow, I sound like someone from Grey’s Anatomy, hahaha). Well, obviously it’s derived from Mariel Rodriguez, the first house guest, and her behavior inside the Big Brother House.
Now don’t get me wrong, I like Mariel and I think she’s funny. But the way she’s behaving inside the house is very, very disturbing.
Take for example this week’s weekly task. They were trying to decide if they’re going to bet a hundred percent of their budget or not. The question is can the housemates take the challenge of sleeping for only 25 hours (collectively) for the entire week? Mariel wasn’t that confident at first so she didn’t want to bet the whole 100%. But in a short span of time she changed her mind (I remember her being challenged by another housemate that’s why she swung her vote) and even made a remark that those who would sleep in advantage over the others should be ashamed of themselves, saying “Mamatay na matutulog!“. This, she says, would give them enough motivation to perform the daunting task.
But Victor didn’t like the remark and told everyone not to start the task with a negative reinforcement as a motivation but instead think about something else to keep them awake. This infuriated Mariel which led her to say that she was merely suggesting. The two ended up apologizing for their mistakes but one can clearly see how insincere Mariel’s apology was.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that was the first ever argument to transpire in the house (then again I wasn’t watching that much PBB after this so I’m guessing I’m probably wrong).
In any case, try to notice Mariel’s behavior when it comes to arguments and discussions. I’d like to believe that this is not really Mariel’s personality but a mere manifestation of the Super Mariel Complex. Since Mariel is immune from being nominated (because she’ll have to go out eventually, sooner or later) she had the gall of acting lord over all the housemates, thus giving her permission to be bitchy without having to pay for it.
Any other housemate would think twice before running into an argument with another housemate at the risk of being nominated, but Mariel, with this seeming invincibility, tackles anyone head-on. Is this Mariel’s true personality? I hope not. However, seeing Riza’s behavior (who, for this week, is the Head of Household, meaning she’s immune from nomination), can I conclude that it’s really Mariel’s personality because Riza isn’t acting as bitchy at all? We’ll see.
Many have criticized the show for creating an artificial environment where people become guinea pigs. The Super Mariel Complex is just another product of this fish-in-the-aquarium mentality.
Okay, so it’s either I’m watching too much TV or I’m over-analyzing things. Whichever way, I’m serious about Mariel. This has got to change.
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