New York was a pioneer of reality television, yes. I don’t think the genre had ever seen a villain that was simultaneously so likable. However, there is an air of theatre to New York that I think made it easier for contestants and audiences to feel disrespected by her, while always slightly amused. New York had a performativity to her villain routine, but what made Bootz great was that she just truly gave no fucks.
Bootz was straightforward. And she was scary. Both New York and Bootz were manipulative and calculating, but their approaches differed greatly. New York represents the “I dare you to touch me and you’ll be eliminated!” reality TV school of thought. Bootz is more, “I dare you to touch me, becuz I’ve been waiting to beat you up!” And I believed her, EVERY TIME!
Anyway, here we go. Here are a few of my favorite Bootz moments that prove why I think she is an unsung icon of reality TV. They also prove why it’s probably best for everyone involved that she’s NOT on reality TV anymore…