On Survivor contestant Alicia Rosa's bio page, she says she dislikes bad manners, and that she's both educated and intelligent. Which is funny, because if you've watched a single episode of the show this season, the special education teacher from Chicago comes across as an exceedingly bad mannered person, and as for her intellect … well, call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure insulting her students on national television was a stupid thing to do.
It seems like when people go on reality shows, they get so caught up in the possibility of fame they forget that everything they say is fodder for the cameras. Maybe Alicia didn't mean to offend her special ed students, but the moment was forever captured during last night's Survivor.
In a mostly ho-hum season, this was the first time my jaw legitimately hit the floor. Alicia's comment during the show not only ensures she'll be forever disliked by parents of special ed students, she's likely going to get some serious flak at her job.
In other words, Alicia Rosa better win that million bucks, because I'm thinking her current career path doesn't exactly have the brightest of futures.
Alicia's comment was made directly to Survivor cameras during last night's episode, while she was mocking fellow player Christina Cha. I won't give you the whole tedious backstory on what was going on, but basically Alicia was ragging on Christina for being too dumb to realize her alliance was using her.
Here's what Alicia said:
Christina's IQ is probably a zero … I don't know if that even exists. I mean, I'm a special ed teacher, so uh, I handle Christina as one of my students. And she's gonna do whatever we tell her to do.
That's an exact quote, too, because I just suffered through CBS's evil ad-laden full episode video to re-watch the scene. (It's at 31:26 of Episode 11 'Never Say Die' if you can stand the bazillion commercials CBS makes you watch in order to fast-forward the show.)
It seems I wasn't the only viewer to be shocked by Alicia's comments last night, because comments have been popping up around the web today:
What kind of teacher, let alone a special ed teacher, mocks their students on national television like that
Alicia is a disgrace to the teaching profession. How can you belittle your special education students like you have?
Hopefully she's unemployed when the season finishes airing because, damn, that was insensitive.
Alicia strikes me as a bully, and I hate to think of how she acts in the classroom. I think she is in for a rude awakening when she shows up for work...
How is Alicia even allowed near special needs children? I've never heard a special ed teacher who is so demeaning towards perceived weaknesses, or generally bigoted statements as she. If my child were in her class, I'd yank him/her out. My parents were both educators- one of them dealt with learning disabilities. The other hired/fired teachers, and I can't imagine Alicia would have lasted long in that school... I hope the parents revolt and require the school district to protect the kids she's around- they don't deserve that sort of belittlement - and if she claims to not display it to them, she's horribly misinformed about the sensitivity to nonverbal cues in many special needs kids. Her teaching certificate should be yanked.
I can't say what kind of teacher she normally is, but I can say that if my kid was in her class, I'd be asking for a transfer, stat. If I hadn't already done so, that is, because Alicia has pretty much come across as a looney-tunes bully from day one.
If Alicia Rosa ever does address her comment, she'll probably blame it on the editing or the way Survivor producers chose to portray her. Sucks to be her. Except for the part where any fool—even one who claims she's destined to win this season "because of my good looks and I will show everyone how powerful I can be by using them to my advantage"—should know by now that reality shows love controversy. If you're dumb enough to say it, you can't expect it to end up on the cutting room floor.
Of course, maybe Alicia has no intention of returning to her teaching job after her brief reality show stardom. Her Facebook page says that she's "an up-and-coming artist to keep your eyes on," who "excels on stage." So maybe this whole Survivor gig is just a stepping stone to her next big thing: Celebrity Rehab. Oh, excuse me, I mean a film or television vehicle worthy of her nearly incomprehensible beauty and talent.
What do you think of Survivor contestant Alicia Rosa's comment? Do you think it was harsh enough to affect her job as teacher?
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