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MasterChef’s Ryan Umane – A Brilliant Competitor Or A Ruthless Jackass?

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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10 Responses to “MasterChef’s Ryan Umane – A Brilliant Competitor Or A Ruthless Jackass?”

  1. Bradley Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Brilliant move. He is a fierce competitor who meant in no way disrespect to Christine by giving her a live crab. The Twitterverse completely overreacted and the only person who was actually in the room, Joe Bastianich, agreed with him. Some of his comments may have been a little inappropriate but the contestants spend countless hours everyday together for weeks. I am sure that there were much more offensive things said that FOX decided not to show (Ryan and Tali being homosexual for example).

  2. Bradley Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Brilliant move. Ryan in no way meant to disrespect Christine by giving her a live crab. She is a fantastic chef who proved that she can handle whatever is thrown at her. The Twitterverse completely overreacted and the only person who was actually in the room to see how it unfolded was Joe Bastianich who agreed that it was a clever move. Yes, Ryan may make some inappropriate comments, but the contestants are together for countless hours every day for weeks. I am sure that other offensive things are said (Ryan and Tali being homosexual for example) which are overlooked because FOX decided not to show them. Bottom line… Everyone wants to judge Ryan’s character by mere minutes of EDITED reality television and that’s not fair…

  3. Mollie Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Thank you Joe for finally getting it right! Is the entire MC Twitter world taking crazy pills. All contestants gave their blood,sweat, and tears to land in the top 18. So why in the world wouldn’t Ryan, or any of them, slant the odds in their favor. The playing field should be level and not treating Christine as an equal would be a disservice to her and everyone else who has a disability. The editing looks disingenuous and it’s obvious that they took Ryan’s one smile and pasted it where it would stir up trouble. He is just a regular guy trying to live out his dream.

  4. Sara Says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Jackass! And so is his brother Bradley who made comments 1 and 2. If you saw how these two act when out at bars in Manhattan, you could only agree.

  5. Kate Says:
    June 28th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    It might have been brilliant, but watching Ryan smile when Christine had trouble with the crab and it made her bleed was creepy and beyond being a jerk. It was sadistic.

    That being said, I’m not sure if that was ultimately any worse than Frank putting Christine on the serving line earlier in the episode so that “she’d be doing something.”

  6. Max Says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    It was a brilliant move in the game. It still doesn’t change the fact that he is still a Jackass.

  7. Qing Says:
    July 12th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    My problem with him isn’t that he made the strategic move, but rather that he was gloating over everyone on his choice. Normally people feel a little bad that they put people into harsh situations, but the fact that he had no remorse whatsoever disgusted me. It doesn’t matter though; christine ruled and tahli sucked, so Ryan’s plan completely backfired, so it’s all good.

  8. Lame Says:
    July 13th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Ryan is pile. He has an over inflated ego with no real right to be cocky

  9. Haley Says:
    August 5th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    The man was struggling not to laugh when Christine’s finger got cut on the crab. Yeah I would say he is a dick with no respect.

  10. Margret Says:
    January 15th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Ryan is an arrogant full of himself cocky ***hole.

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