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The First Inductee: Justin Sebik of 'Big Brother 2'by David Bloomberg -- 10/09/2002
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It seems almost a given that the first inductee to the Reality TV Hall of Shame has to be Big Brother 2’s Justin Sebik – the only person to date to be expelled from a U.S. reality TV show by producers for misbehaving ("Nasty" Nick in the British Big Brother was expelled for rule-breaking first, but nothing even close to this extent). Indeed, it will take an awful lot for anybody to ever surpass the behavior that got him into the Hall – and I, for one, hope never to see it happen.
Justin’s downward spiral started early – before the first person had even been voted off. He got into a fight with Kent Blackwelder that looked like it was going to turn physical. Kent had brought his own pillow from home and Justin took it to bed with him. Kent, being rather upset, stormed in and got it, saying this was the second time that had happened. They yelled at each other for a while and Justin essentially threatened to punch Kent. Justin would later say that he was just goofing around, but it was a rather strange way to have fun. Justin was warned by the producers about his behavior. He responded, on camera, by saying he understood that physical violence and intimidation would not be tolerated and he would never cross that line.
He then went on to immediately cross that line.
The list of what Justin did is quite long and includes things like smashing the chess set, urinating on a window, saying he wanted to punch Autumn in the stomach, threatening to throw glass bottles into the air so they would smash on the basketball court, throwing a chair, etc. Of course, everybody knows what the last straw was – in fact, you can see it at the top of this article. He held a knife to Krista’s throat and asked her if she would still love him if he killed her. He also swung a floor sweeper at her head in slow motion.
As Hardy said at the time, it was like living with a dangerous third grader.
After the knife incident, Justin was called to the Diary Room by Big Brother. As he walked there, he said to Krista (who has also been inducted for her own behavior), “We got problems,” and wondered aloud, “I think it might have been that knife to your neck.” That Justin – he’s a quick one.
In his interview with Julie Chen at the end of the show, he showed absolutely no understanding of why he was expelled from the house. He said it was obviously all a joke, and there was no way it could have been seen as anything else. In fact, anybody who did is an idiot, according to him. Well, while it might have been a joke, the fact was that it was mock violence – potentially threatening, depending on how it was viewed – and he had been warned multiple times before.
In his eloquent speech, he said, “I didn’t threaten nuthin against anybody.” Even with Kent, in the previous episode, he said it was intimidation, not threatening. Remember his quote above about how he supposedly understood he couldn’t intimidate people and said he wouldn’t do it?
In any event, he flat-out told Chen that he didn’t understand why he was expelled. He was just using a strategy of confusion. Well, somebody was certainly confused. As if his actions alone weren’t enough to pave his way for entry to the Hall of Shame, his follow-up statements put him way over the top. Not only did he act like a complete idiot, breaking the rules he said he understood, but then he turned around and claimed he had no idea why he was kicked out.
Of course, this was not the end of the story. The New York Times found out that Justin had been arrested five time in Bayonne, New Jersey (his hometown). Three of them were for allegations of assault and two of them were for minor robberies. None of them resulted in prosecutions, but perhaps the investigator who had been hired by CBS to do the background check on Justin should receive a dishonorable mention in the Hall.
But it gets better. On January 7, 2002, Justin was again arrested for assault – this time on his girlfriend, who had choke marks on her neck and a broken ankle. As of this writing, I don’t know the outcome, but the situation is just one more black mark against a reality TV show contestant who never should have made it past the first psych test. (If any reader happens to know what happened, please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address below.)
So the Reality TV Hall of Shame welcomes Justin Sebik as its first inductee. I doubt if we will ever find anybody else quite so worthy.
David Bloomberg is the Editor of The Reality TV Hall of Shame, and can be reached at email@example.com.
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