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Australia’s grueling reality TV franchise gives wheelchair endurance enthusiasts a dose of celebrity vicarious suffering

Seventeen celebrities, athletes and reality TV stars are challenged to take SAS selection course, while being cursed by former special forces soldiers, thrown backwards from helicopters into lakes iced out and forced to poo in a dunny with a half door

Channel Seven’s obvious success, SAS Australia, is based on the UK’s equally brutal SAS: Who Dares Wins (which the Guardian UK called ‘a sadistic EP lesson’), and I didn’t only seven minutes before I first exclaim « [Expletive] this [expletive]! » empathizing with the rookies We’re all Schapelle Corby trying not to throw up in a helicopter

Just like there are wheelchair athletes, there are also hordes of us who love endurance tourism.The Japanese were the first there, with their game shows that combined hardships and humiliations in front of an audience of live studio (one of the most famous, in the 1980s, was Za Gaman, which translates to The Endurance), but now everyone is reading David Goggins and listening to Joe Rogan talking about turbo-supplements and talking about « Grit »

Goggins, for those unaware, is a former Navy Seal who wrote the hugely popular (among endurance tourists) memoir Can’t Hurt Me; and if that title isn’t the howl of an inner child, I don’t know what it is.It’s so hardcore, it basically puts Bear Grylls and Andy McNab into early retirement, and I’m sure the veterans special forces of this program will have stared at the sales figures of his book

Basically most of us think we should step out of our comfort zone – including Sydney’s glamorous publicist Roxy Jacenko, who tells film crew Seven that she never failed in life before and that she’s ready to give it a whirl

But even though there are grueling trials to come in this episode, like an impromptu fight club (Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Australian Ninja Warrior anymore), I suspect the bigger ones Series battles will be with egos Here in this unidentified no man’s land, your reputation as a model, drama or swimming pool count for nothing, and frequently recruits are hooded, shoved around and questioned When an eye roll or a smirk is literally the only power you have, a full-scale emotional crisis should surely only be seconds

So far, no one is reckless enough to let his shocked expression grow strained in outrage (although actor Firass Dirani couldn’t resist a few cheeky gestures that make the forces guys hate his guts. In fact, it’s hard not to feel 50 Shades of Stockholm Syndrome just by watching the first episode I find myself searching for even the tiniest bit of cuteness, like when Schapelle Corby cries while watching comedian Merrick Watts get hit strong on the ground by cricketer Mitchell Johnson, and is duly advised by SAS Chief Instructor Ant Middleton to militarize that emotion during his own impending slugfest Heartwarming

Oh, and a note on the one-on-one nudging between rookies: Massive congratulations should go to AFLW player Sabrina Frederick for picking former rugby player and Bachelor star Nick  » Honey Badger ‘Cummins as Boxing Opponent; although I am using the word « boxing » only in reference to the fact that there are gloves provided

It’s pretty obvious that a few recruits from the show were chosen to serve as a deep redemption narrative More importantly, Corby spent nine years in Kerobokan prison in Bali on drug trafficking charges; and swimmer Shayna Jack was removed from the 2019 World Aquatic Championships when the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority detected a banned substance in their system

Given that Reputation Rehab is also set to air on ABC next week, it seems there is an appetite to simultaneously sing to celebrities while deigning to give them one last chance But the rookies who have already gone through the boomer find that their experiences have given them the upper hand? Granted, the SAS guys agree – out of earshot – that they’re in awe of Corby’s resilience (which is interesting, as she is the most crying rookie on film. Doesn’t crying matter for resilience?)

There is evidence that adverse experiences can teach emotional separation and compartmentalization skills David Goggins constantly preaches to his 19 million Instagram followers about how he has successfully « numbed the mind » , and a 2016 study of super-elite level athletes found that all had experienced « fundamental negative critical events »

But there can be a dark side to compartmentalizing your life in this way, like a Venn diagram in which the circles never overlap Take any biography of a notorious athlete and you will be sure to read one double life that grows – extramarital affairs, questionable business dealings, drug use – fanned by praise and accolades, until there is an inevitable crash and burn.However, that makes for a material fabulous for all the rookies here who haven’t posted their memoir yet

At the end of the episode, a recruit announces his « VW » – voluntary withdrawal – after only half a day

We can laugh at Twitter, but surely we can sympathize in private There’s nothing like learning how fragile you really are than testing your physical and mental strength, to make it happen. break down at the first hurdle Perhaps the best these recruits can hope for in the next few episodes is hypertrophy, a process found in weight lifting: you put muscle tissue under strain and cause damage It is only by gaining and repairing these micro-tears that the muscle develops

Roxy Jacenko, Australia, Special Air Service Regiment

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