Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dude, what? II

There are bad ideas, and there are BAD. IDEAS.

New 'Survivor' to group players by ethnicity
NEW YORK (AP) -- The new season of "Survivor" will be a race among races.

At the start of the reality show's 13th edition, "Survivor: Cook Islands," 20 contestants will be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines -- black, white, Hispanic and Asian, CBS announced Wednesday.

The tribes, as usual, will merge later in the season, which debuts September 14, the network said.

Jeff Probst, host of the show, said the network was worried the racial divide might offend viewers.

"It's very risky because you're bringing up a topic that is a hot button," Probst told asap, The Associated Press service for younger readers. "There's a history of segregation you can't ignore. It is part of our history."

"For that, it's much safer to say, 'No, let's just stick with things the way they are. Let's don't be the network to rock the boat. Let's not have "Survivor" try something new,"' he said. "But the biases from home can't affect you. This is an equal opportunity game."

Probst said he and the "Survivor" producers wanted to bring more ethnic diversity to the competition.

"The truth is 80 percent of the people that apply are white," he said. "And television, in general, is white. So all these criticisms were valid."

On each episode of "Survivor: Cook Islands," at least one cast member will be sent to a separate island miles away from camp, where an immunity idol will be hidden. If found, this immunity idol could save a contestant from being voted off the show.

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Angela said...

I heard this on the radio yesterday. I was shocked!

Anonymous said...

Survivor is so "2000 dude!" They are doing this as a last resort, trying to drum up interest again, desperately crossing their fingers that Larry King will pick up the story and debate it to increase popularity - it's so easy to see!

Boha was a blast last night - glad we all got to meet up, just wish I rolled a better game in PIGS - nice spaz Mike!!!~

Randi said...

superior race much? who's the big winner here?

Solanasaurus said...

Lordy. Who you gonna side with as a member of PuertoDansk?