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Survivor: Cook Islands - Survivor Live, The Finale, Part 2, Sole Survivor Yul KwonPage 3
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Yul tells us, “It’s my understanding that Becky reminded Cao Boi of his first wife, who he couldn’t stand. That’s why they had some personality conflicts, and why he wanted to boot her out.”
Yul reiterates, “Even within these kinds of ethnicities, there are clearly differences of personality and perspective on life. Again, it’s the individual person that determines who you want to bond with and what you want out of this game.”
Jenna points out that the tribes were all making jokes about their own group only, and not the others.
Yul says, “I understand Cao Boi’s point too. You have to have a sense of humor about this stuff. You can’t walk around with a stick up your ass or have a chip on your shoulder all the time. But, for a lot of people in Middle America, they don’t have a lot of exposure to other minorities and if all you see are these jokes on TV and assume they are true, they won’t have a broader level of experience to show them what people are really like.”
Cristine from Vancouver asks about Yul’s charity plans. He is humble about this opportunity he was given and wants to raise issues important within his community. One charity focuses on bone marrow donors for minority Leukemia patients. Apparently, marrow donations come from a small pool in America. He says, “I want to use my position as a speaker-phone to make people aware of this issue.”
Dalton notes we saw no final speeches this season. Yul says they made them, but what we saw is edited down a lot, and they must have been edited out. I wonder if questions for Becky got edited out as well, but no one ever asks.
The final segment opens with Dalton saying he’s sitting with two million-dollar winners. Dalton says to Jenna, “You squandered all that money, right?” She (jokingly, I hope) confirms, “Squandered!” He asks, “No charitable endeavors for you?” and she replies, “I’m dating a charitable endeavor. Ethan has a charity, so I’m also doing good things. And, I’m an organ donor!” Well, it may be Ethan’s impetus, but Jenna’s underplaying her role in some of those events
The opening feature of the final segment is, as usual, the “minus 10” segment, where Dalton reads ten rapid-fire categories for the guest to comment on in ten words or less. Here’s how it went:
In the break, Yul told Jenna this is the first time he’s seen the clip of him winning. He’s had so many post-game press interviews that he’s still processing it all. Jenna says she watched tapes of the show with family and friends and that’s when it fully hit her.
Dalton says Yul looks good, and Yul credits his stylist, Brad (the first juror). Did I mention Jenna looks good today? Hottest dress of the season! Yul says he’s popular with grandmas, and Ozzy gets the younger ones.
Brian from Virginia asks if Cao Boi was voted out for trying to flush out the hidden idol. Yul says it was also because he was trying to oust Becky. That stunned him, so when Cao Boi started talking about flushing out the idol, it was time for him to go. I think this is a prime example of a point when Ozzy should have been politicking instead of fishing.
Dalton notes that all unlike most guests, Yul’s answers are all well thought out and Dalton calls it, “Impressive.” Jenna agrees, and asks if he’s like that in real life. Yul is aware of the “Yul-bot” comments. He says he don’t have a big ego and can respect other opinions if they don’t hurt him.
Dalton points out that after the mutiny, the two tribes had different reactions to Jonathan. Aitu got past it and Yul took him back to improve his position in the game, whereas Raro just called him names, started fights, and were emotional about it.
Yul says he was able to see people differently within the weird, stressful, artificial environment of a game that brings out their worst. He adds, “Outside the game, I’d be friends with all these people. There’s no need to be mean, or not to treat them with respect.” That was one for the Raro kids.
Courtney from Maryland offers to date Yul despite not being a grandmother, and she wins a buff. She notes that first he rejected the Godfather moniker, but later on he accepted it. In retrospect, did he feel he acted other than he normally would have? At the end of the game, Yul felt a lot of ethical conflicts. He implied a final two ending with everyone, so they would stay true to the alliance. He didn’t feel good about that.
Yul felt he had to do a lot more manipulating (of people) than he would have outside of the game. However, he recognizes, “It’s a game, we’re not stealing candy from kids, or taking their lunch money. We all came knowing what to expect.” Well, this season with all the recruited players, maybe there were a few virgins in the mix after all.
However, he disagrees with Jonathan’s opinion that it’s just a game like poker. He says it’s not like poker, it has a real impact on people’s lives. Other contestants have been affected by the game (positively and negatively) and he didn’t feel comfortable making decisions that could impact other people’s lives. It weighed on him that he was affecting people he barely knew. He ends with, “By the end, I was sick of it.”
Jenna agrees that it’s a delicate balance, and some people are “severely scarred” from the game. Yul says he reads blogs and boards and some things are hard to read. He ought to stick to quality sites like this one, because although some posters are excellent, the boards are riddled with too many trolls.
Young Kerri of Texas asks if Yul has “feelings” for Becky. Within the game, absolutely not. He “thinks the world” of Becky and respects her non-profit work with battered women, but feels “having a dating relationship would take away from the purity of our friendship.” Dalton jokes, “Plus, she’s not a grandmother,” and Yul chips in, “She’s a little too young for me. Under fifty!”<--Previous 1 2 3 4 Next-->
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