I still like Debbie. Or least don't have a problem with her. Amazing that people hate her but not Jane who I think was soooo contemptible and gross.
If I got on Survivor but didn't think I could win what would I do? Everybody theoretically can win but the reality is far less so. Surely some people realize that and even though you have to express "I' here for the million' I wonder how many have other goals, make the jury, get the 100,000, be someone with name recognition.
I wonder how much of Debbie is an act. She has been poor with what I gather is a very dysfunctional family for her whole life. What she has, schooling, being a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol etc. was probably hard won. Getting on Survivor and any money she can make with appearances etc. is most likely a huge big deal to her and I wonder if acting crazy is part of trying to build a reality persona. Honestly I have no idea. She is probably annoying in real life, but so are soooo many men. I think the dislike/hate here is at least in part that shallow lazy hate for older unattractive women who don't conform to sweet mothers/grandmothers. The fact that she occasionally blows up/acts dramatic provides a thin justification.
Even if its not an act I wonder what set her off. Clearly she lost focus on the million with her behavior. I'll be interested in what Brad and Hali have to say in interviews about it.
As an older woman who is not ugly but not particularly attractive being invisible and not heard can really warp you. And it is definetly a thing, like black men getting stopped by cops, older unattractive women might as well not exist outside their roles as mothers. Whether its the edit or reality, in Debbie's mind or most likely some mix of all of thise, she is feeling invisible and dismissed. I suspect that the shown challenge was just one more thing that tripped something.