Skip to comments.CBS reveals 'Survivor: Cook Islands' cast, confirms ethnic tribe divisions
Posted on 08/23/2006 11:28:27 AM PDT by Pokey78
Confirming weeks of rumors, CBS has revealed the identities of the twenty castaways who will be competing in this fall's Survivor: Cook Islands and announced that the castaways will -- in what the show's producer and host both acknowledge to be a controversial move -- initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White.)
"We're going to take some heat for it," Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett acknowledged to People about the segregated tribe decision that will no doubt give the thirteenth edition of the long-running reality series -- which will also include the return of last season's new Exile Island concept -- some extra buzz. "But it's a great cast." "Some people will think this is controversial. Others will think, 'What's the big deal?'" Survivor host Jeff Probst added. "Either way, it's going to be very interesting."
According to Probst, the Cook Islands' segregated tribes concept is the end result of the show's attempt to respond to longstanding criticism that Survivor's casts needed more diversity. "The idea for this actually came from the criticism that Survivor was not ethnically diverse enough because, for whatever reason, we've always had a low number of minority applicants apply to the show. So we set out and said, 'Let's turn this criticism into creative for the show," Probst explained during a Wednesday morning The Early Show appearance in which CBS officially revealed the season's cast."
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The oldest person is 44 years old.
Maybe they'll have more young chickees with big thingees.
Well, I see America has taken another step down into the next ring of Hell.
Great programming, ay?
Can they even call themselves the "white team" or would that be racism and hate speech...
Alright, that's it. I'm sick and tired of being treated like a second class citizen. I am not "white," I am European-American.
Next episode......gays, trani's, lezzies, and straights.
Why not have a tribe of native Polynesians too? And the winner for the 8th straight week in a row, the home team!
Just what we need in the War On Terror - the MSM endorsing racial tribalism over unity.
If a member of the White tribe wins, many people will lose their minds with rage.
For the producer's sake, I hope an Asian person wins.
This show isn't like Eurivision with it's happy funtime teenybop music.
Stupid Hollyweird productions like this deserves to be called out.
Regardless of their ethnic background they're still all the type of jobless wonders that can spend months at a time trudging around in the middle of nowhere.
So, people actually watch this show?
I am Scottish-American, eh
Disgusting racism. The left wants people to fight with other. Imagine if the castaways got into ethnic slurs! Obviously one group would always be guilty of racism and most of the other groups would always be innocent.
I hate the left.
I was born here and confound demographers when I check the box marked native American
Where's that Fightin' Whities logo?
Well, if I scroll down maybe I'll see it!
I think that's the cast for the Amazing Race.
They almost always have at least one team that should be labeled:
for extreme flammability.
Maybe someone should bring a civil rights lawsuit against CBS-Viacom?
The Hispanics of Spanish descent are also European-Americans.
Yellow Dog Democrats
Black Flag waving Anarchists
and the Socialist Utopians
And then there could be the Social conservative Republicans, the Fiscal conservative but socially liberal Republicans, the RINO Republicans (former Dems who'll change party to stay in office), and the Libertarians.
Well, at least it isn't going to be a divisive situation!
Billy Garcia is a 36-year-old heavy metal guitarist who currently resides in New York, NY and is originally from Miami, FL
The chilled fish will be great on the Asian team.
I like it!!!
Heck I don't enjoy seeing a prick being a prick, witch being a witch, idiot being an idiot, spaz being a spaz, ignoramus being an ignoramus, politician being a politician, manipulator being a manipulator, liar being a liar, etc. etc......I see that every day. And face it, about 80% of the humans were see everyday fit the bill to the above mentioned.
I ain't a slamming what you watch, I just think the majority of today's sitcoms and reality TV stuff kinda like falls in with the rap music and music in general today........It's all copycat crap.
She sells sushi by the seashore.
For the hell of it they should call the "tribes" by their derogatory names just to give it some umph!
Survivor in Tehran?
"Billy Garcia is a 36-year-old heavy metal guitarist..."
Translation: Billy gots no job.
How will the white team cheer itslelf? I bet the first one who says "The white team is going to win" is gonna get gang-whupped.
How about Jews and Muslims Survivor. No weapons.
Week One: Slam dunk contest.
Week Two: Tortilla tossing contest.
Week Three: Godzilla Trivia
Week Four: Longest Drive and closest to the hole Contest
*ping* Ready for a little Survivor action? What do you think of this new "social experiment"?
This is just a programming stunt. Just like last season, when there were four tribes separated by age and gender: young female, older female, young male, older male.
That lasted for ONE EPISODE, then the four tribes were formed into two new tribes.
Same thing will happen here.
I heard Rush today too....this season should be interesting...the show has begun to get stale..
I think so too. They've had a lot of weak contestants on the island lately.
We can just wrap this all up with a logo:
Cook Islands Survivor:
Race War Mutiny for the Bounty