Boob jobs, hair extensions, promo girls and a wacky Paki poof – whoever said reality TV had to be representative?
The days of Perfect Pete and his cast of admirers are all but over – their shine has been tarnished by the twenty “castaways” about to take part in the 13th season of US ‘Survivor’.
In response to public demand for more ‘representative’ programming, the CBS production team decided to categorise the contestants according to their ethnicity, turning ‘criticism into creativity’.
The contestants will be segregated into four “tribes” of blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos when the hit programme returns on 14 September.
Whether the experimental nature of this competitive programme will bring the best out in the ‘tribes’ remains to be seen. ‘The premise of Survivor is not a friendly contest and it’s tempting in that setting to nurture stereotypes”.
I’m not sure whether I agree with the words of La Raza (Latino Civil Rights Organisation). Many successful teams and companies, let alone social groups are ethnically similar, according to surveys such as these – so what exactly are we afraid of when putting this out on air?
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