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  • Racial Divisions on Reality TV

    by SajiniW
    24th August, 2006 at 4:32 pm    

    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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    1. Sunny — on 24th August, 2006 at 4:54 pm  

      Ooooh! This should be interesting. Rather like Big Brother last time then….

    2. Bikhair aka Taqiyyah — on 24th August, 2006 at 7:14 pm  


      What I found most interesting about the survery was that while White Brits viewed immigration very negatively their willingness to ban the BNP was strong eventhough they probably share their views more often than not, especially on immigration.

      Blacks are so congenial. Strage innit considering that atleast here in the states, they probably have the most to lose when it comes to low skilled immigration. Ofcourse whites, being the most hostile to loads of immigration have the least to lose.

    3. Amir — on 25th August, 2006 at 2:29 am  

      Rush Limbaugh (a radio host, professional pugilist and Republican stalwart… if you don’t know already) has made some hilarious comments about this…

      (1) But our early money is on them [Hispanics] anyway because these people have shown a remarkable ability, ladies and gentlemen, to cross borders, boundaries, they get anywhere they want to go, they can do it without water for a long time, they don’t get apprehended, and they will do things other people won’t do. So our money, early money is on the Hispanics. The white tribe, I have to tell you, I don’t have a lot of hope in the white tribe.

      (2) You know what white people do, they’re going to just destroy ‘em. They’ll come in and not care, probably build a housing development for themselves before they even start the competition. They won’t even be worried about zoning laws, they’ll just run roughshod over everybody — and then they’ll hire the Hispanic tribe to clean the place and do yard work, and won’t pay ‘em much. The Hispanics, they’ll think they’re outsmarting them by taking the money anyway.

      Read it all

    4. Amir — on 25th August, 2006 at 2:35 am  

      ‘a wacky Paki poof’

      I felt so, so sorry for that guy. It was very brave of him to participate in the first place.

      [‘Sajini’ is a really nice name. I like it.]

    5. bikhair aka taqiyyah — on 25th August, 2006 at 4:32 am  


      Are you Farsi? Anyway the whole hispanic thing is gonna be tough to argue considering that there are all sorts of Cubans of different colors. What the black Cuban be on the black team or the Hispanic team? If so what was the reasoning behind it? Is being Hispanic ethnic or cultural? What about all the Indians in Central and South America? Are they Hispanic while being ethnically different from the black Cuban or the mestizo Mexican?

      Cant wait to hear Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle talk about this.

      “[‘Sajini’ is a really nice name. I like it.]”

      When I read this post I was gonna tell Sajini how strange his/her name was and how I didnt like it. I kid. Its still kinda weird.

    6. AsifB — on 25th August, 2006 at 10:40 am  

      Ok Amir - even Rush can be tolerably amusing sometimes, but I think Bikhair’s right to say this really needs Rock or Chappelle.
      (Which team will be best looking btw - racial mix gives latinos an edge surely)

      Probably best just to switch off our tv sets and do something better instead.

    7. SajiniW — on 25th August, 2006 at 12:28 pm  

      Bikhair, you joker - it means ‘beloved’ in Hindi - Amir, thanks for the link & the compliment. Limbaugh is funny!

    8. Yakoub/Julaybib — on 25th August, 2006 at 5:28 pm  

      My spouse is always have a pop at me coz I reckon I am really black. Okay, I may have white skin, but your colour is in your soul!

    9. bygpowis — on 26th August, 2006 at 1:02 pm  

      the blackteam better run faster than the others. wonder if they’ll willfully put non-athletes on the black team, dancers and high jumpers on the white team, etc.?

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