Ashton Pienaar From ‘Below Deck’ Questions Captain Lee’s Criticism of His Behavior

Bosun Ashton Pienaar from Below Deck is not seeing eye to eye with Captain Lee Rosbach’s assessment of his behavior this week. Rosbach writes a weekly blog following each episode and Pienaar didn’t seem to agree with the criticism he received.

After the blog was posted, Pienaar tweeted a question to Rosbach about what he did wrong. Rosbach was pretty specific in his blog, explaining that not only Pienaar but other crew members were out of line.

Captain Lee Rosbach, Adrian Martin, Ashton Pienaar, Laura Betancourt
Captain Lee Rosbach, Adrian Martin, Ashton Pienaar, Laura Betancourt | Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Rosbach observed Pienaar trying to turn the rest of the deck team against deckhand Rhylee Gerber. He also wasn’t happy that Pienaar attacked chief stew, Kate Chastain. While Rosbach acknowledges some of this behavior was fueled by alcohol, he still wasn’t pleased that Pienaar wasn’t acting like a leader.

Pienaar asks for clarification

After Rosbach posted his blog, Pienaar wanted to know what exactly Rosbach meant by saying he wasn’t acting like a leader. “Hi @capthlr I would just like to clear up exactly what you are referring to as being way out of line. I felt that crew laundry being thrown all over the crew mess floor in front of you was a total disrespect to you which is why I took offense to it…,” Pienaar tweeted.

But Rosbach felt as though he was perfectly clear in his blog. “I thought it was explained rather well in my blog Ashton, your behavior wasn’t one of leadership, but one of wanting to be one of the boys who were behaving badly if you’re being polite,” he replied. “An example needed to be set and you turned into smashton and even announced it prior to doing.”

Fans were divided with some agreeing with Rosbach, but others thought Rosbach was playing favorites too. “Well stated Captain. Behavior ‘boys being boys’ – high school that is!” one person responded. But others think Rosbach favors Chastain too often. “Kate can do no wrong as far as Capt. Lee is concerned. Part of the problem is she knows it. Lol,” another person shared.

Rosbach wants Pienaar to be more of a leader

Rosbach observed that Pienaar was trying to be part of the “bro club” over being a leader. “First, you poison the deck crew against Rhylee, without even giving her a chance to see if her attitude has changed, and you didn’t think she would be smart enough to see that right off? Then she acts out because of the way you set it up and you go, see, that’s what I was talking about,” he wrote in his blog.

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He also didn’t like how Pienaar came for Chastain either. “Then you start on Kate with the same thing. Totally uncalled for and the only one I see causing most of the drama on this boat is the guys, you Tanner and Kevin.” 

Rosbach hopes to see Pienaar being more of a leader. “But right now, I just see another frat boy doing his work, but not being a bosun. Not a leader at all. You have all the tools; I just hope that you start using them and this thing doesn’t take a turn for the worse.”