Ronda Rousey and the ironic celebration of 'keeping it real'

 

In a recent blog exclusive for MMAWeekly, TUF 18 cast member and Team Rousey standout Peggy Morgan made a case for Ronda Rousey, based on the argument that 'Rowdy' is real. The idea is that a tiresome percentage of people in society are insincere in their pleasant words and deed, and that it is refreshing when someone lets it all hang out, as it were.

Morgan offers an example of Rousey being real.

"We’re chilling in the Team Rousey locker room before practice and Miesha walks past and calls out in a sing-song voice, 'Good morning guys!' And without missing a beat, Ronda replies in the same tone, 'Why don’t you go f— yourself?'

"Some of you probably think Ronda is bat crap crazy. Okay, maybe Ronda is bat crap crazy. But I genuinely like her, and here’s why: she doesn’t bother trying to pretend like she isn’t completely insane. In fact, she doesn’t bother trying to pretend anything at all.

"As we’ve already seen, if Ronda feels like kicking a hole in the door, she’s gonna kick a hole in the door. If she feels like crying, she’s gonna cry. If she feels like telling you you’re a miserable bitch faced —-, she’s gonna do that, too. On more than one occasion, I heard Ronda say, “I’d rather be real mean than fake nice.” And after being around her nearly every day for six weeks, I can say this is absolutely true. Ronda might be a crazy bitch, but she’s a real crazy bitch."

There is no question, as has been the case since time immemorial, that the public face of most celebrites is remarkably scrubbed, not at all real, and in aggregate is indeed tiresome. The question though, is whether the cure is anti-social celebrity behavior. An obvious cure is paying less attention to the private lives of public persons.

In this context, Fowlkes offers a more thoughful take on Ronda Rousey, and the phenomenon of 'keeping it real.'

Imagine if Rousey wasn't famous, wasn't a world champion, wasn't really good at fighting but was instead just your roommate who worked at Starbucks. If she was doing this stuff in your house instead of on your TV, you probably wouldn't think much of her I'd-rather-be-real-mean-than-fake-nice explanation. You'd probably point out that much of what we regard as civility or common courtesy or "fake nice" is really the act of restraining our natural impulses, which we generally expect from one another.

It doesn't make you fake to have a thought and keep it yourself, just like it doesn't make you a phony to feel like kicking a hole in somebody else's stuff without actually doing it. Maybe it also doesn't make you much fun to watch on TV. Which, if we're being honest, is what we're actually talking about here. That's the irony of it.

We tell ourselves we want something real, but we'll settle for stuff you couldn't really do in the really real world. At least as long as it's entertaining.

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Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

11/3/13 8:12 AM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand

Lol you can't be serious with this

DrunkenKangarooZ site profile image  

11/3/13 8:06 AM by DrunkenKangarooZ

There's a difference being "Real" and being an Dick

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

11/3/13 6:49 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Not being able to male weight is hardly "questionable" excuse. Otherwise, you could as much question why Veslaquez doesn't want to give up muscle and weight to challenge Anderson Silva at 185 lbs.And I could say as well Ronda needs a size and strength advantage to be the champion at 135 lbs., when she is clearly fighting girls who are smaller and weaker than she.Miesha walks around at 143 lbs., and could fight at 125 lbs.We just had a guy, which weighs more or less the same as Cyborg (160 lbs. or so), unable to make 135 lbs. on TUF (Cody).People are different, and there is an optimal weight class to everyone. Ronda can make it. At 135 lbs., Cyborg might get too weak and sluggish, because such a weight cut might hurt her body a lot.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

11/3/13 6:49 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Not being able to male weight is hardly "questionable" excuse. Otherwise, you could as much question why Veslaquez doesn't want to give up muscle and weight to challenge Anderson Silva at 185 lbs.And I could say as well Ronda needs a size and strength advantage to be the champion at 135 lbs., when she is clearly fighting girls who are smaller and weaker than she.Miesha walks around at 143 lbs., and could fight at 125 lbs.We just had a guy, which weighs more or less the same as Cyborg (160 lbs. or so), unable to make 135 lbs. on TUF (Cody).People are different, and there is an optimal weight class to everyone. Ronda can make it. At 135 lbs., Cyborg might get too weak and sluggish, because such a weight cut might hurt her body a lot.

r_o_y site profile image  

11/3/13 6:46 AM by r_o_y

tv is tv. you are seeing only a small fraction of a person's personality. i don't get really worked up about it.what i don't get is how rhonda started hating miesha so much.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

11/3/13 6:42 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Based on their respective fights against Jan Finney, I think Cyborg would destroy Holly.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

11/3/13 6:36 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

There is no proof, but there is Strong evidence. She protects her nose while boxing, which shows she doesn't like getting hit.I always see Cyborg's nose and lips busted and swollen from training. They definitely take their striking training to different levels.

Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

11/2/13 8:15 PM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand

Lol I think you're reading into it a little too much; seems like Ronda just looks for more reasons to dislike Miesha.Either way Miesha is far worse; fake and highly manipulative. And it's obvious to anybody that has dealt with a compulsive liar.

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

11/2/13 7:59 PM by ChaosOverkill

even if the show is all editing, what other fighter coach on TUF has spent one second acting like a petulant clique queen mean mugging and psychotically brooding like this? Besides maybe Tito?  It's not digital effects here, even if they showed half of the moments they are she would still look bat shit crazy. Real or fake, annoying is annoying and most people are equipped with filters and the ability to control their impulses and act in a certain way to adhere to the working world. Just cause it's fighting doesn't make those skills irrelevant.

ABE FROMAN site profile image  

11/2/13 7:49 PM by ABE FROMAN

I'll make it short and sweet. Rhonda is trying to turn everybody against Meisha. I've known chick instigators my entire life and only suckers fall for that. Unfortunantly, the world is filled with suckers.  



 

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