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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Survivor is racist?

Sorry, I don’t know where you’re getting that. At least it’s not meeting any definition of “racist” that I’ve seen.

It’s a fucking game. It’s a fucking tv show. It’s fucking voluntary. They aren’t rounding up races and putting them in internment camps (again). If you don’t want to play, then don’t. If you don’t want to watch, then don’t.

America is made up of people who are different. We acknowledge that every day of our lives. We all know it. The overwhelming majority of us like it. We come from different races, religions, abilities, and cultures. This diversity makes us who we are as a nation.

It’s amazing to see people who attempt to put a negative spin on anything race-related. I’m always surprised to see people like Chet jump on the soapbox denouncing things like this. You think race shouldn’t be an identifier? That’s absolutely insane. Most people use race as an identifier themselves. Even you do, Chet. Heck, you put your race and immigration status second on your “about me” page. Race is who we are. We’re proud of it. I can’t drive down the street without seeing cars with bumper stickers identifying their nationality or flags hanging from their rear view mirrors.

I think Jeff Probst made some great points in his interview. This twist is edgy. It’s also going to be great for ratings. After all, Survivor is a business. But beyond that, a racist won’t win survivor. At least not an overt one. There is always the jury.

posted by Geoffrey at 9:10 am

8 Comments »

  1. I totally acknowledge the show is free to do what they feel it takes to get ratings. And I also know what you’re saying about folks being proud of their ethnic heritage. But this “social experiment” is definately segregatory and Racialist by definition. The potential for racism, is up to the “jury”.

    The danger with these type of experiments comes with the divisive conclusions that will most likely be drawn from these samples of outdated racial categories. This is the last thing we, as a nation who’s on the brink of finally breaking these ridiculous discriminatory barriers such as affirmative action and race-based quotas, need. (Not to mention the ammunition it gives to clowns like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, La Raza, and the other scores of those in power who abuse the “issue” of race to divide us as a society for their individual benefit).

    Like I said in my email to Mikey:

    I tend grow suspicious of anyone who cares what my ethnic heritage is. If you do, it’s plain, to me, that you want to separate me from others and put me in a group that’s separate from others – for some purpose of exploiting our differences. In more cases than not, those differences are trivial, and I can probably identify a whole heck of a lot more significant differences that I have with the people you just grouped me with.

    You’re right, this show is “edgy”. The curiosity factor will more likely than not draw the crowds of viewers CBS and the show’s producers will be looking for. I got no problem with their attempts to earn their viewership dollars.

    I just acknowledge that shows with “social experiments” like this have a great potential to become more than just a show. We, as a society, have worked too hard to steer away from racial divisions and see each other as fellow members of the human race instead of glorified and more times than not, outdated, separate racial categories.

    Comment by Chet — August 26, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

  2. So your problem is with “social experiments”? Survivor was a “social experiment” long before it mixed teams by age, race, and gender. Big Brother is a “social experiment”. In fact, many of todays reality shows are. Does that make them bad, or is it only the ones that bring race to the fore front? Did you have a problem with the gender/age Survivor? Did you care enough to post about it?

    Comment by Geoffrey — August 26, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the gender/age survivor series either. But, you’re right, I didn’t post about it, mainly because I gender and age have come much further than race when it comes to discourse about discrimination in our society. There are still a lot of so-called “leaders” in our society who think it’s a-ok to discriminate against one racial group on the basis of race, itself, for the benefit of other group or groups (see Affirmative Action). You just don’t see that with age or gender as much anymore.

    Comment by Chet — August 26, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Survivor finally does what the contestants always did anyhow. So fucking what?

    I’ll start giving a shit when Affirmative Action, Jet magazine, and BET and other “racist” mediums are shitcanned.

    Comment by gordon the magnificent — August 26, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

  5. Geoff- Probst got people talking about the show again and that was the goal. Great point.

    As for racist? I don’t think so. Go to any large city and see how the neighborhoods are laid out.

    Comment by Pam — August 27, 2006 @ 9:58 am

  6. I’ll start giving a shit when Affirmative Action, Jet magazine, and BET and other “racist? mediums are shitcanned.

    Kinda my point. This show will most likey just give more ammo to those who like to exploit the race card in effort to stall the arrival of the day when those mediums are shitcanned.

    Go to any large city and see how the neighborhoods are laid out.

    Older cities, segregated for the most part. Up-and-coming areas that are booming today, pretty integrated. New developments, new mind-set, new demographics, all that.

    Comment by Chet — August 27, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

  7. Chet the only people I see speaking out about it are white people. I have not heard of any group calling for a boycott. That being said, social expirements are acceptable in our society. And it is okay to seperate races in our society, as long as it is by choice. And it was their choice to be on this show.

    You say that the newer develpoments have integrated and that is true. Is it by choice or law? (take whites and blacks out of the equation)

    Comment by Pam — August 28, 2006 @ 9:34 am

  8. I haven’t watched Survivor since the first season and then only a couple of episodes. It’s a stupid show. This one sinks to a new low, however. I think that it will get good ratings because, like a four car pileup on the interstate, you can’t help but watch something this grotesque.

    Comment by BillH — September 4, 2006 @ 10:25 pm

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