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Chopped: those judges certainly cultivate the art of the stink-eye, to quash perceived sass-mouth competitors

silence9 | Jan 10, 201203:34 PM

Ever notice that the show's director and footage editors (or whoever) rely alot on 'reaction shots' of the judges giving silent and piercing 'stink-eyes' to each competitor, any time said competitors have the cajones to defend their choices on the plate. It's like watching parents in public wordlessly bending into submission any child that offers 'sass-mouth' explanations of why they didn't brush their teeth before bed time.

Are we as viewers actually supposed to buy into the notion that the judges, in their demi-god-like status, are beyond and above the human capacity to change their views if offered a reasonable explanation from the competitors. I understand it's about creating drama. But just once, I'd like to see that sour-puss Alex G. or Amanda F. say something normal and reasonable, along the lines of, say, "Hey, I never thought of that, you're right, I can totally see what went into your choice here".

Do those judges use their silently judgmental stink-eyes when conversing with a bank teller, their spouses, their parents? Please, creators of Chopped, deign to just once show a reasonable and deferential side to a judge or two. No sincere human viewer would ding a judge for being flexible enough to display (or even encourage) an empathic demeanor. In fairness, I do think that the one fellow - Marcus (?) - might be more than up to such a challenge. His stink-eye seems to be less toxic, nay, perhaps even tolerant of an opposing perspective...

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