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A New Low for Reality TV

August 24, 2006 1:18 PM

Come Sept. 14, CBS’s “Survivor” returns with a new twist: The four tribes will segregate contestants by race. You got it: blacks, whites, Latinos and Asians on four separate teams. Martin Luther King is probably rolling over in his grave this morning.

How low can TV sink? Racial stereotypes and hatred are still very much alive. How ennobling is this sop? So what’s next for “Survivor?” Four teams selected by religion, pitting Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists against one another?

CBS, I predict, might risk an advertiser boycott.

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Comments (2)

JimK:

So let me get this straight - You're pissed because Survivor will be teaming up ethnic backgrounds in tight social circles.

Which, of course, is EXACTLY THE WAY WE LIVE IN EVERY MAJOR CITY IN AMERICA.

So I guess it would be wrong for Survivor to accurately represent the population of this country by splitting teams into the same groups that, in real life, they overwhelmingly choose to split themselves. You DO realize that you can literally draw lines around the latino, black, white and Asian neighborhoods in almost any decent-sized city, right? Drop the P.C. outrage. It's ridiculous.

Marianne Paskowski:

I would call New York a "decent sized city." And it's the nation's largest and most racially diverse .That's especially so in Manhattan, where all races somehow co-exist peacefully, managing to live and work together. The roots of racism are actually economic-based. Rich people don't mingle with poor people. I counter that people "split" themselves not by color but their financial wherewithal. And that's why I don't like what Survivor is doing, segregating people by color. Thanks for responding, it's an important dialogue.

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