'Survivor': The tribes are already speaking

94220__survivor_l_1Whether you think the forthcoming segregated season of Survivor is a clever idea or an inflammatory one, you have to acknowledge that it’s been a publicity coup, one that’s earned the show the kind of attention it hasn’t had in ages. My beef is that the premise gives license to the foolish and intolerant to hijack the show for their own agendas; already, the hate-spewers and the politically correct have risen to the bait. The one response that’s intrigued me so far is this one from an African-American TV critic, who praises the idea because it’ll bring the latent racism of Mark Burnett’s reality shows out front and center, instead of keeping it buried in subtext, as it usually is (hi, Omarosa!).

What do you think the new Survivor will be: racially enlightening allegory, shamefully pandering spectacle, or guilty viewing pleasure? Will you be watching?

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  • kate

    I can’t wait! We’ve become so politically correct in this country that everyone wants to scream racism immediately. What in the world could be wrong with bringing all these races together (which they will be eventually as the tribes merge)? Get a grip America! Does it always have to be about race???

  • Ceballos

    I’ve gotta say, I’ve seen only one episode in the entire run of “Survivor” (the season 1 finale), but I have to say…
    For whatever reasons, this has me interested and I might check it out. I’ve never said that about “Survivor” so it seems they’re doing something right.

  • Tyler

    How can people criticize something they’ve never seen? I don’t get it. It’s just a premise at this point. Wait to see how it’s handled by the show, then you’re free to be a critic. But for now, understand that you’ve been hooked, and you can’t wait to watch. I know I can’t.

  • cackey

    of course their publicity scheme will work. people like myself who never watch the show will tune in to see how it plays out and if it ends up being wonderful or terrible…

  • gabe

    Your naivete (yes, I am referring to you Tyler and Kate) is very disarming.
    Try to remember what you just posted and remember just that half-way into the show.

  • JV

    This is the last thing America needs. We are such a divided nation already, why would CBS want to add fuel to the fire? CBS and the Survior producers are probably going to try and make some social statement about how different races are treated in this country. They should read “Counting on the Census” by David Hollingsworth. It really exposes what a fallacy racial groupings are.

  • jenesis

    Desperate times call for desperate measures honeys. Obviously, Mar and his cohorts have run out of ideas how to make the show a little more interesting so what could be more polarizing than pulling out the race card? Ingeniously crass!!

  • d.c.

    No matter who wins.. there will be a lot of hate, accusation and name calling.. Bad idea.

  • Fatima

    I can’t lie. I’m going to watch
    but I love what that journalist said! Mark Burnett is not the kindest producer when it comes to breaking down stereotypes. Maybe a negative response will show him he needs to look at minorities as more than gimmicks and characters. Omarossa is a perfect example!

  • Murphy

    I think this will be an interesting season. I’ve been a follower of the Survivor series ever since Season 2 and was waiting for something like this to come about. Hopefully it doesn’t sink.

  • Jay in LA

    I was so ready to ditch Survivor this season and tune into The Office instead. But Mark Burnett’s got me baited with this one.
    I don’t think the racial division is that big of a deal since the small tribes will be merged into larger tribes after only a few episodes. But it will be interesting to see if any of the contestants bring any racist baggage to the larger mixed tribes. I suspect an overly PC vibe will quickly emerge and anybody who wants to keep their own race together will be villified and voted off.

  • Bevs

    I am boycotting any companies that advertise during the show. Just what the world needs more racism.
    Did Mel Gibson direct any episodes??

  • Ken

    Ofcourse I’m watching. Where in the hell else am I going to see five Asians on television? Do you people think this is why there is a lack of diversity on television? Because every time a minority IS actually cast people complain because it’s not treated with kid gloves. The white people on my television come off as foolish, greedy, and flawed, otherwise known as human beings. If minorities want more exposure they are going to have to let show creators make them interesting instead of token and sanctified.

  • TV Addict

    I think this will be a relatively normal season of Survivor. I really don’t think separating the groups into the different ethnicities will be that much of a factor in how the game will be played.

  • Alexei

    When “Survivor” did men vs. women, no one blinked an eyelash or cried sexism. The division by age was more noteworthy for having four tribes than being ageist. So why is it that a division of race has the whole country in a flurry over how this is racism? This is before a single second of the show has even aired.

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