June 21, 2012 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ
This week on FOX‘s MasterChef, things got crabby… literally, and Michael Chen was sent packing. But after a daring move, folks have been buzzing about Ryan Umane, so we have to ask – is Ryan really a brilliant competitor, or simply a ruthless jackass? More after the jump, and Joe Bastianich weighs in!
This week on MasterChef, Ryan Umane was put in charge of an elimination challenge, one which he did not have to participate in, and he made a very bold move with crabs. But it wasn’t simply the choice of crabs that caused controversy, it was the fact that Ryan gave the show’s first blind contestant, Christine, a live crab in hopes that she would mess it up because of her disability. Ryan’s plan backfired though, as Christine gave the judges not one, but two perfect crab dishes, leaving Gordon Ramsay wondering if she was truly blind.
Christine aside though, Ryan Umane chose to give all the better contestants the canned crab meat, while giving the worst contestants the live crabs, in hopes that both groups would get flustered and screw up. Does that make Ryan, who needed some sort of spark this week, a brilliant competitor? Or is he simply a ruthless jackass? Combining his sexist comments and poor sportsmanship thus far, along with what went down this week, Twitter has been exploding with folks who think he is nothing more than a jackass who deserves to get booted from the show.
However, one person who thinks that Ryan’s strategy this week was brilliant is none other than Joe Bastianich! Joe recently shared his thoughts in his People Magazine blog, and while he thought the move was ruthless, he loved that Ryan was bold enough to do it. “Kudos to him for having the guts to go full throttle. Christine is a big girl, and no one with a disability wants to be treated differently, so I think he made the right call. Truth be told, I was beginning to count him out for the win, but now I’m left curious,” Joe Bastianich revealed.
Do you agree with Joe Bastianich? Do you think Ryan is brilliant? Or are you one of the many who think he is a complete jackass? We want to hear from you, comment below!
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