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Heidi from ‘Joe Millionaire’ Makes It Even Worse for Herselfby David Bloomberg -- 02/19/2003
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Just when you think you’ve said everything there is to say about a Hall of Shame inductee, sometimes they come back again and provide even more shameful moments. Such is the case with Heidi from Joe Millionaire, who was inducted shortly after she was given the boot from the show. At the time we noted that she went on the show – a dating show – even though she already had a live-in boyfriend. She even admitted that she wasn’t there to look for love but rather for the trip to Europe. She admitted that she would marry a man for money, thus making her one of the more brazen gold diggers on the show (and that’s saying something right there). And, of course, there was Dressgate, where she grabbed several dresses even though there were only enough for one to a woman.
But when the women came back during the first part of the Joe Millionaire finale, we got even more Heidi – and thus the reason for this update.
Some people who end up in the Hall of Shame (or who just don’t come off looking particularly good) blame the editing. Heidi is no exception, as she claimed she was edited to be the villain. Of course, as other writers have pointed out, if you didn’t do it, they couldn’t show it to begin with. In Heidi’s case, it goes even further because several of the other women made it clear that what we saw was exactly what was going on – to the point that at least one just didn’t even want to talk about her, it was so bad.
As if that weren’t enough, Heidi’s own words serve to show just what kind of person she is and why she deserves to be here. Regarding the dress fight, she said she didn’t think she was rude by taking two dresses – even though, as noted, there were only enough for one per woman. We even saw her snap a “No!” to another woman who asked for one of the dresses she had. Heidi tried to explain her behavior by saying, “We’re not five,” and it’s not about being fair.
She may be right about the first part. As noted in her induction, Heidi acted more like a two-year-old, as described by her own quote in her bio! Indeed, only somebody with the maturity level of a two-year-old would think that sharing is bad and that you should just grab whatever you can. That describes Heidi, and her attempt to “explain” her actions only made it worse.
One subject we didn’t really touch on in Heidi’s induction was the whole thing with the horse, where she had all these problems on the horseback riding date and had to eventually just get off and leave the rest of them. This came back again in the finale as several of the women complained about her attitude, how she shouldn’t have bothered to get on the horse to begin with, and her ploy to get attention from Evan. Frankly, I think of all the things she did, this was the most minor piece, but it’s a piece nevertheless and so deserves at least a brief mention.
Then the boyfriend issue came up again. She claimed that if she had decided to go further with Evan, she would have broken ties with her boyfriend. Readers might note that it wasn’t exactly her idea to “break ties” as it was. Now personally, if I were her boyfriend, I would have been a little bit put off by this claim. (OK, if I were her boyfriend I would have thrown her out on her ass a long time ago.) I mean, she went on a show to compete for a guy’s affections, and she admits that she would have just tossed aside her live-in boyfriend if she had done well. (Presuming, of course, that we believe her. I don’t, but I’m just taking her own words at face value for right now.) Then again, her boyfriend is no genius either as he had no problem with her going on the show and had his own version of a Melissa-ism when he said that Heidi is the “most funnest girl I know.” And she had the nerve to insult Evan?! Oh, and she made it clear anyway that she “wears the trousers” in the relationship. Like there was any doubt.
As far as how the whole boyfriend issue affected the other women, Heidi said she doesn’t know what they were all afraid of. Obviously, she said, they were scared of her. Well, yeah, I’d be scared to be locked in a house with a psycho too! But let’s face it, they weren’t afraid of her – they just didn’t like her. She had an attitude problem, she had a boyfriend, she was nasty, etc.
For all of the same reasons that she ended up here in the Hall of Shame, she also ended up being disliked by pretty much everybody in the house – from the other women to Evan and even to Paul the Butler. Hopefully, now that her 15 minutes of shame are over, we won’t ever have to hear from her again.
David Bloomberg is the Editor of the Reality TV Hall of Shame, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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