Thursday, August 24, 2006
Get ready for a segregated "Survivor." Race will matter on the upcoming season of the CBS show as contestants will be divided into four tribes by ethnicity. That means blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians in separate groups.
The announcement was made on CBS' Early Show. Host Jeff Probst says the idea "actually came from the criticism that 'Survivor' was not ethnically diverse enough." He says the twist fits in perfectly with what "Survivor" does, saying the show is "a social experiment. And this is adding another layer to that experiment." Probst says contestants had mixed reactions to the racial divisions.
This time the new Survivors are stranded on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. The castaways include a police officer, a heavy metal guitarist, an attorney and a nail salon manager. The new season of Survivor debuts September 14th.
Let's guess the nationality of the nail salon manager. Ha ha
This disturbs me. I don't run from racial strife and, indeed, I take a little pleasure in confronting (and fueling) racial discrimination and stereotypes -- but this show doesn't need to happen. What's the benefit beyond ratings? What's the network trying to prove? Are Whites still upset about the athletic prowess of Blacks? What's next? What's not off limits??
True, Blacks haven't been very interested in participating in Survivor (we have enough shit to navigate through indoors), but of course, the Black team will see victory. Then again, Mexicans fight sharks and pirates just to get to America. We had a ride over. *grunt*
Why pit races against each other? Instead of creating "singer petitions", we should create a petition against this utter b.s.
(I can't wait to see which team wins!)