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Survivor comes back - with a fury!!

post #1 of 107
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September 14th Survivor comes back; the 16 cast members will be divided along racial lines: white, black, Hispanic and Asian.

Controversy, anyone?:

What do you think?
post #2 of 107
i think this is a horrible idea.
i see how they are spinning it, but honestly, i'd rather NOT see more division on tv. i probably won't watch, but i haven't watched the last couple of survivors anyway. the last one i watched was the pirate one with rupert!
post #3 of 107
Talk about inflammatory and just plain wrong. These producers are always looking for a gimmick, but this is tantamount to having cranio-rectal inversion.
post #4 of 107
While I dont think I like the teams by ethnicity thing, I am glad they are putting more people of color on the show. Frankly, I was soooooo tired of their one token woman of color, one token man of color, one homosexual either male or female, a couple older people, a couple younger people formula.
post #5 of 107
Thats just plain weird, I don't understand why they would want to do something like that?
post #6 of 107
Ratings, it's only for ratings. Not to mention fuel for the trolls....
post #7 of 107
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Originally Posted by fremontmama
While I dont think I like the teams by ethnicity thing, I am glad they are putting more people of color on the show. Frankly, I was soooooo tired of their one token woman of color, one token man of color, one homosexual either male or female, a couple older people, a couple younger people formula.
I agree with that. I used to watch their show and loved it, but it was mostly white people. And I would think there's no blacks, asians or other races that aren't applying? Yeah, right. And it's always the young, white, thin as a rail type of women. Come on, there's more out there than that. I haven't watched it in a while, but I might just watch this season.
post #8 of 107
here is a quick article I just read on it. One thing that I have to agree on is just what some of you said and what Jeff said in it... Survivor has not been ethnically diverse enough. I also like how he called it a social experiment. They have to do something to mix it up. And of course its all about ratings, what else is there really? should they make a show that will not get the ratings so they get cancelled and will be out of a job?


I could care less either way, as long as it makes something interesting to watch on TV.

anyway here is what I just read.

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New 'Survivor' Divides Groups by Race
In this undated photo released by CBS, 20 new castaways who will compete when "Survivor: Cook Islands" premiers on Thursday, Sept. MONTY BRINTON
From Associated Press
August 24, 2006 4:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES - 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.
post #9 of 107
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Originally Posted by fremontmama
While I dont think I like the teams by ethnicity thing, I am glad they are putting more people of color on the show. Frankly, I was soooooo tired of their one token woman of color, one token man of color, one homosexual either male or female, a couple older people, a couple younger people formula.


and I agree that it's just an attempt to create more drama. Maybe the contestants will rise above the set up?
post #10 of 107

New 'Survivor' A Race Among Races

http://news.aol.com/entertainment/tv...00010000000001
post #11 of 107
Sounds good to me! I'm a huge survivor fan.
post #12 of 107
I don't like this idea. I think they should obviously be more diverse about their cast choices, but I do not think the teams should be divided by race. How about just simply put one person of each race on each team? Show them working together instead of against each other.
post #13 of 107
It is a gimic....but I don't like it because it could become one race pitted against another.
post #14 of 107
Why is this any different than dividing them by age or sex?
post #15 of 107
I have a bad feeling about this.
post #16 of 107
Moving to Television
post #17 of 107
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Why is this any different than dividing them by age or sex?
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post #18 of 107
It is different because it is by race. Just not a good thing to do imo.

I don't think to divide by sex or age is a good idea either, but to divide by race is worse. Reason is obvious without going into a long discussion.

Next season should it be all one race, all one sex, all around the same age on each team. Or black men against black women, or white older ladies against black younger men. Just not good.
post #19 of 107
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Originally Posted by wende
Why is this any different than dividing them by age or sex?
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I don't see what the big deal is. In everyday society races seperate themself all ready. It doesn't matter what race you are. People (for the most part) stay with what they are comfortable with. I think it will make for a interesting season of the show.
post #20 of 107
I have a yucky feeling about this. In some utopian parallel universe it might be interesting but here I think it will just be ugly.
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