The last thing I want to do is be a spokesperson for Matt/Joe, but these thoughts might be enlightening. (or they just might ignite a sh1tstorm of controvery... it's all a roll of the dice.)
Taking my life in my hands, here I go...
1. The very first thing that he did when he saw the women was to size them all up as potential sex partners.
Men do this. The good news is we stop doing it about one week after we die. Why did Matt verbalize it? Two reasons - a)because he says what he's thinking without a lot of filtering and b)reality show contestants are urged to verbalize everything they're thinking in real time. Think how boring these shows would be if everyone sat down and considered all of their options before they shot their mouths off!
2. I believe that is why he wanted to get her (Ashleigh)out of the house, not because she was trash talking "Molly". A decent guy would not have cared less.
I didn't watch every second of this, but from the flashbacks I believe Matt wanted her out because Ashleigh was bitchy (that was her role, after all)to everyone else and because her interest in "Ralph" would screw up the entire show (he thought).
>3. He (in my opinion) was very angry with “Dr. Pat” when he thought that she slept with the “Hutch". I believe that she dropped to “whore” status in his eyes. He gave her the trip out of obvious guilt, not kindness.
Perhaps Dr. Pat sleeping with Hutch threw Matt's "strategy" for a loop. Besides, Matt interviewed that he felt terrible that he plowed into Dr. Pat and she was hurt during the Sumo stunt. She talked about how much she wanted to go to the spa and he did it as an apology. The definition of kindness.
>4. I am absolute amazed that he did not bat an eyelash at asking the girls to take their tops off.
This was one of the choices presented to Matt by the "executive". Matt knew that the nudity would be "tiled out" in post-prodution. Also, by mentioning the topless request first, the kissing didn't seem so bad. Basic negotiating 101.
>5. I am amazed that he was giving instructions to the
>girls on how to kiss. “Not just a peck”. A decent guy would not have even opened his mouth.
Matt was afraid that if Molly and Ashleigh didn't give a convincing kiss, the "executive" would say that they hadn't held up their end of the deal. That would mean more gross food or another "stunt". He was trying to get it over with, and not drag it out.
>6. When the “model/hooker” was making fun of “Kip”, he correctly stood up for “Kip”. But then he said, “she is
not even pretty”.
Very attractive people in RL feel that they can behave badly and everyone will excuse them because they are "special". Matt was just saying that she was not above common courtesy.
I think Matt was a pretty good selection out of the gene pool. Reality shows and other extreme experiences bring people closer than day-to-day life. In the back of his mind he might have thought that he had a romantic shot with Ashleigh or Molly, but he was well-behaved at all times.
The show's stereotyped characters set “Molly” up as a religious virgin and Ashleigh as a b1tch. Matt was polite and a good friend to them in that context. He was also resonable with "Hutch" who's character was an obnoxious, wild card "sh1t-disturber".
Not bad for a self-described "simple" guy from Pittsburgh.
Now everyone can unload on me ... LOL
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