How to Become a Reality TV Villain in Just One Day
Richard Hatch ("Survivor"), Omarosa ("The Apprentice"), Dr. Will Kirby ("Big Brother") — just a few of the iconic, venomous nut jobs who made their 15 minutes count by wreaking havoc on reality TV. You may find these real-life characters offensive — thanks to their scheming, backstabbing, and spiteful speechifying skills — but I have always gravitated toward them. Reality baddies — along with pop culture villains like the Joker, Boss Hogg ("The Dukes of Hazzard"), and Amanda Woodward ("Melrose Place") — are the ones who give every great show its luster.
Last week, I attempted (with questionable success) to join the ranks of reality legends by entering the "Big Brother" house for Press Day.
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For the fourth consecutive year, CBS and the producers of "Big Brother" invited me to participate in a condensed version of the reality show, where I'd be competing against fellow journalists for the coveted Head of Household title, power, and glory. As the above video shows, I didn't win. In fact, I lost (both competitions that day) and was evicted from the house by my peers. However, while I may not have taken the prize, I distinguished myself in the evil department.
In my heart, I know I won, because history has continuously shown that while winners' names are soon forgotten, iconic villains are forever.
Want to be one? Here are 10 ways to become a reality TV villain:
1. Perfect an Evil Death Stare
Show 'em you mean business with a glare that could cut glass.
2. Craft a Maniacal Laugh
Jabba the Hut, Cruella de Vil, and Sideshow Bob should serve as inspirations.
3. Channel a Previous Villain
"Big Brother" Season 13 champ Rachel Reilly is my spirit animal. I tried to make her proud … but failed miserably.
4. Deliver Memorable Quotes