So I've got to admit that I've been a follower of the TV show Big Brother for the last few years. I was so proud not to jump on board the whole reality TV bandwagon but eventually, one by one, I was sucked into the vortex and have not crawled out since. Survivor, The Amazing Race, Hell's Kitchen, Big Brother. I watch them all, sadly. (Yes, I have no life.)
Have any of you been watching the Big Brother All Stars? Since I've been reading about Joseph Smith and his life, and have been learning about so many things I never knew, I've been thinking "How could so many people just believe him and follow him like that? How did he DO that?" I have never personally known anyone with that much charisma and ability to lead others to do his will like that.
Until this season. Watching Big Brother. I didn't see the first season that Will was on (which he eventually won) but watching him this season, I've decided that J. Smith must have been much like Will. He has the ability to look someone in the eye, tell them outrageous things, and STILL he gets them to follow his wishes. I'm amazed that all these smart people are following his every lead, and sometimes they "know" he could be leading them wrong, but they still have the feeling like Will is on their side, so they follow him. He told them outright earlier in the game to vote him off, that he'd throw every competition if they didn't, and that he hated them all. And still they kept him. He was amused by this. I think he's amused by everything he can get away with so he tries even more outrageous stuff. He seems like he's bored and is just doing all these things to amuse himself. I guess he can, since he's a doctor and since he already won a million (or was it less?) And I can see now that every single thing he says and does is designed to get people to do what he wants them to. He is good!
Last night he was practicing his "lines" and talking to a camera as if it were a person he was trying to persuade. It was obvious he is good at this and has practiced it before. Some of the other people on Big Brother were watching him, but for some reason they didn't put two and two together and realize that this is what he does as he's talking to them as well. I'm beginning to think he could talk anyone into doing anything. ANYTHING. The ultimate con man. Charming as hell. It's scary how he can lie to their faces and when they call him on it he gives them his reason and makes them believe it's reasonable and that he's still a good guy. And they swallow it every time. I'm beginning to think he may just win this thing again. He is also able to tell them the truth of what his motives are and somehow they still trust him. Scary. And if they allow him to do this, why wouldn't he???