Survivor Goes Jim Crow
Okay, so everyone knows Survivor is trying to maintain its ratings by creating race-based tribes. That Survivor -- or any reality show -- would attempt the shocking is, well, hardly shocking. I've ignored this story so far for two reasons. First, other stuff has taken a back seat to the ProTour lately. It has been an interesting year and I find myself warming to the whole ProTour concept. Second, I couldn't care less what Survivor does. Nevertheless, despite my non-interest, I happened to click through a Drudge link, where I was confronted with this abject nutjobbery:
[Producer Mark] Burnett claims dividing the four teams on SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS according to race eliminates any tension between the groups and thus avoids racism.Hmmm. Why didn't anyone think of that before? We could eliminate racial tension simply by segregating -- the word could not be more apt -- the races. What a brilliant idea . . . You say what? Tried before? Nooooo. But this is different. Burnett has vowed strictly to enforce a policy of seperate but equal in all respects. Buffoon.