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Survivor plays race card
From the Oh No They Didn't! files: the latest twist in "reality" television is ... segregation!
CBS announced details for the upcoming season of Survivor: Cook Islands yesterday. But when it premieres Sept. 14, viewers may wonder if they've tumbled through a crack in the space-time continuum.
The 20 contestants will be divided into four tribes along ethnic lines. That's right, after watching Survivor plunge to all-time lows in ratings and buzz last season, wily Mark Burnett hopes to reignite passions with a good old-fashioned race war.
Black Tribe! White Tribe! Latino Tribe! Asian Tribe! Survivors ready ... let the social Darwinism begin!
The idea for this actually came from the criticism that Survivor was not ethnically diverse enough."
Of course, this isn’t really that different from last season, when the show separated tribes by sex and age for Survivor Panama. Splitting them by race may seem to be more controversial, but really is a no less arbitrary distinction than sex or age.
The show's producers have clearly decided to address complaints that previous seasons were overwhelmingly dominated by Caucasian players...
Players are being initially divided into teams by race
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I don't see any difference in this and dividing by age or gender.