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Surviving One World, Episode 5: Running the Show?by David Bloomberg -- 03/15/2011
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Last week, we witnessed one of the dumbest moves in Survivor history. I can’t say it’s the dumbest move ever because once it gets to a certain level, it’s hard to judge. But anyway, in addition to Manono unnecessarily going to Tribal Council, some of the things that were said there – specifically by Colton – raised eyebrows as well because of the insulting and demeaning content of his comments.
When I interviewed Bill, the target of those insults, he specifically said he didn’t think Colton is racist, but rather immature and ignorant. A couple days after the episode aired, Colton himself took to his Twitter account to profess something of an apology. We retweeted those comments from our Twitter account and also posted them to our Facebook page, but I wanted to discuss them here as well in case you didn’t see them there.
Here is what Colton tweeted over the course of a number of posts:
Were my comments ignorant? YES! They were meant to be funny.. I see they weren't. Do I regret them? I'm torn. In a way, yes b/c it hurt ppl .. but seeing myself act that way on television helps me to grow as a person b/c it's uncomfortable and embarrassing for ME to watch. It's kind of one of those situations where you don't really realize how you sound until it's played back and you're literally cringing.. I seriously don't hate anyone. I make fun of MYSELF.. my sense of humor as always been kind sarcastic and somewhat critical. I call myself a "queen" as a joke. Am I a bigot? I don't think so. I think I was a 20 year old brat who had never been out into the real world, and what I thought was funny and ok wasn't. I've learned I can still be funny and it doesn't have to be at the expense of some1 else. *pageant wave*He was then asked a question about his age at the time of filming and he replied:
I feel like 18-21 is really that time in ur life when ur trying to figure out who u are. I just did it in front of millions
So, do you believe him and accept his apology? Do you think he’s just trying to make himself look better? That’s for each viewer/reader to judge – and we’ve already heard from some on our Facebook page who didn’t buy it. Personally, I can accept it because I’ve seen it happen before on these shows – people think they’re being funny or grabbing for screen time and it isn’t until later, or even once they get home and see it on TV, that they realize how horrible they were. But we’ll keep watching him both on the show and outside of it to see how things progress. Now, on with the show!
We pick up at Salani the morning after the men just went to Tribal Council. Troyzan visits the women and they ask him whose idea it was to give up immunity – he admits it was Colton’s, but the group agreed.
Sabrina tells us they should only have six on Salani now, but they have seven – the guys are much more of a mess than they thought! But hey, she’s not going to question it!
Alicia says they need to stay as a strong seven and Christina agrees (that may be the first time they’ve been on the same page!). Alicia thinks this “strong seven” can win the challenge they’re about to go to. “They are so dumb. They handed us a million dollars.” Uh, Alicia, it doesn’t make much sense to call somebody else dumb and then make a dumb statement like that – there is no “us” for the million dollars. There is one person, and at this point in the game, it could be a man or a woman.
The tribes arrive at the reward challenge, but host Jeff Probst tells them first they need to drop their buffs – they’re switching tribes. Lots of “oh-my-god”s and shocked looks, though I don’t understand why – they really should have been expecting this around now. Anyway, they pick eggs out of a bowl and will smash them against their bodies at the same time. The eggs are filled with dye to show the color of their new tribe. Blue = Salani. Orange = Manono. Dammit, now I’m going to have to remember all of this, which is a lot more difficult than “men and women.”
Here are your new tribes: Salani is Kim, Kat, Sabrina, Chelsea, Jay, Michael, and Troyzan. Manono is Colton, Tarzan, Christina, Alicia, Monica, Leif, and Jonas.
Probst asks Kim how things look and she says it couldn’t have gone better. Colton whines that Salani “has all the muscle.”
Now that the new tribes are set, it’s time for the challenge. Probst explains: They will work together in teams of four to carry a large bucket to a water tower, where they will fill it. On the way back, they have to plug the holes that will leak out the water they collected, bringing as much of it as possible back to their home container. Back and forth they will go until they fill the container and raise their flag. The winners will win peanut butter, jelly, bread, coffee, sugar, and so on. Also, the winners win the right to continue living at the One World beach – the losers will be sent to a new beach to create a new camp. Wow. This one challenge is huge!
And they’re off! Manono has Jonas, Tarzan, Leif, and Monica running the bucket, while Salani has Michael, Jay, Troyzan, and one of the women (I only get a glimpse). Manono doesn’t fill up their bucket as much and is first to start running back, but Monica falls hard, which of course means they are delayed and she’s not plugging holes, so they lose a lot of water. She gets up, takes a few steps, and goes down again! They eventually get back to their container and get some water in, but I think Salani has more.1 2 3 4 Next-->
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