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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Say it ain't so!

Just when we were all starting to think about maybe possibly learning to eventually get along - not in the Rodney "Please, don't burn down the city on my behalf!" King way, but in the "Hey, we look different, but we're all people" way - the evil TV gods had to go and muck things up.

If you haven't heard by now, the next season of Survivor, based on Aitukaki in the Cook Islands, will start the show with four teams divided by race.

No joke. The teams will be Asian folks vs. black folks vs. Hispanic folks vs. white folks. (That's alphabetical order, so I don't want anyone griping about the listed order of their people!)

With $1 million at stake, CBS is essentially conducting a social experiment to see which race is hungrier for the money.

Don't they know that where money is involved no one will get along based on appearance?

Mark my words, in spite of CBS' best efforts people will cross the racial lines of their teams to conspire with different-colored folks on other teams to ensure their "survival" to the end of the game.

And what will that prove? That under the top layer of skin, we are all green...At least I admit I am, anyway.


  • This is a train wreck waiting to happen disguised as a clever social experiment. Ugh. Money wins over everything. Race will fade and green will be the only color anyone on that island sees.

    I'm coming to your town tomorrow afternoon. Weekend in Miami. First since I left. This will be like my own little episode of the Twilight Zone.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 7:08 PM  

  • What's up, Melissa? You are so right, I think. This concept for Survivor is going to crash and burn.

    This is Lord of the Flies minus the murder.

    And as for your trip, welcome back. Have fun and be safe. And if you're in the Hollywood Beach area and see someone who resembles that corny picture on my blog profile, say hi. It'll probably be me.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 8:05 PM  

  • I heard all the immunity challenges are going to be racially biased. For example, the first episode will pit blacks against whites in a watermelon-eating contest. Then, it's hispanics against asians in a landscaping competition.

    Anyway, I'll be firing up the tivo, homies!

    By Blogger Mighty Dyckerson, at 9:39 PM  

  • That is cold MD! But funny. If nothing else shows the ridiculousness of it all. There's no way this season of Survivor will be able to maintain any dignity. Or is that even possible with a reality show.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 10:14 PM  

  • "Reality" TV - oh yeah.
    They've been trying, for years, to get us to live nicely alongside each other. Then some TV magnate with more money than sense comes along with this idea. Way to go!

    For that matter - how many situations have you come across that have actually been as UNreal as "Reality" TV?

    By Anonymous bronchitikat, at 4:39 AM  

  • I'm with you James. This is not wise.

    By Anonymous Freddie, at 9:41 AM  

  • Change of plans. No trip this weekend. If you want to read some of the most f'ed up junk you've ever seen, check out my post today.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 7:16 PM  

  • Divided by race? How boring.

    If they really wanted to shake things up, they would have divided up the castaways by IQ. The 130+ tribe vs. the sub 80's, etcetera, etcetera. Sit back and watch the fun as one group of egos bicker over their Mensa memberships, while others seem clueless yet profoundly wise, and another just shuts up and tries to get things done.

    It might be a great way to explode misconceptions about what intelligence really means. That, or it could just be another vapid ersatz reality show full of false histrionics and staged drama.

    By Anonymous NicFitKid, at 2:15 PM  

  • Nicfitkid's on to something! That's a show I'd watch. Similar to when The Apprentice divided between school smarts and street smarts... but with the whole stranded-on-an-island thing.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 8:45 PM  

  • Yeah, a brains vs. no brains challenge would be fun. Maybe even a white collar vs. blue collar or a boy scouts vs. chess club.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 9:48 AM  

  • *** Sarcasm Alert ***
    Shouldn't that be AFRICAN-AMERICANS, then Asians, Hispanics ...

    But seriously, I can see no value in intentionally rousing as much rabble as this no doubt will.

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 3:59 PM  

  • Got the well-placed sarcasm, Sarc. But I couldn't list it that way 'cause not all black folks consider themselves "African" American. Call some of my Jamaican friends AA and hang on tight to something as they unleash their wrath on you for it.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 8:26 PM  

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