I was so happy Coach (real name, Benjamin Wade) got voted off Survivor Tocantins this week. My wife and I have watched every episode of Survivor over the years. We've seen some real jerks, such as the infamous Jonny Fairplay and Randy Bailey.
But I've never screamed so often at the TV, Vote him off! Get rid of him! Don't trust him!
My wife and I couldn't stand Coach from the beginning. He's the most irritating sort of person: someone who blabs on and on about how truthful, upright, honest, courageous, and strong he is. I wouldn't be surprised if Coach also believes himself to be the most humble person in the world.
The Tao Te Ching warns:
When the great Tao is forgotten,
Kindness and morality arise.
When wisdom and intelligence are born,
The great pretense begins.
Given all of Coach's yogic posturing (both physically and psychologically), you'd think some of this Eastern wisdom would have soaked into his ego-encrusted head.
However, Coach mostly was clueless about how his incessant moralizing and holier-than-thou attitude was turning off his fellow contestants. On Survivor, as in life, people value genuineness over hypocrisy -- which is why I'm betting that JT Thomas is going to end up on top after tonight's finale.
There's quite a bit of evidence that Benjamin "Coach" Wade is an inveterate liar. For example, this piece about him.
On Survivor: Tocantins, Ben Wade claims he must “surround himself with integrity”, yet according to one viewer of the hit CBS show, he has been caught in more than one lie recently including lying about holding the world’s record for a solo kayaking trip. No record has been recorded on either Google or Wikipedia.
Ben Wade also claims on his website that he survived a hurricane with mammoth waves and that at the top of a 30 foot wave, “God” spoke to him and saved him. The area he claims he survived the hurricane is the Mexican port of Portolabombo which according to the viewer, is not a hurricane ravaged area and has only recorded one tropical storm since 1939.
Ben Wade received his name “Coach” because he coach’s young girls soccer teams and recently he was fired from his postition because he reported to the school he worked for, that he was leaving to go for “cancer tests” when he was really competing on this season’s Survivor. He also claims that God has called him to do the show after he prayed about it.
The guy wears a large cross around his neck. He loves playing martyr (when he was sent to Exile Island this week, he made a big deal out of not eating or sleeping while he was there, and posed with his "Dragonslayer" staff in a Christ-like position).
But whether Coach subscribes to an Eastern or Western faith, the fact remains that he is a total jerk. People's voted-off interview with him proves it. One irritating excerpt:
You told a lot of wild tales by the campfire. So level with us — are you speaking truth or are you pathological liar?
I am probably the most misunderstood person in America right now. I can guarantee you two things: I’m not delusional or crazy. My reputation and my character have been assassinated … It has been a difficult road. I’m human and some of this stuff has cut me to the quick. But I remember two things to get through it: One, I am a child of God and no one can take that away. And I’ve got the character that has been forged by these triumphant victories and devastating losses.
Um, Coach, you didn't answer the question. So let's stick with "pathological liar." Judging from the first bunch of comments on the article, clearly most Survivor fans agree.