Last night an outing of a “Survivor” cast member on television has sparked outrage from many.
Zeke Smith, (above right) who appeared on back-to-back seasons of the reality series, was revealed to be a transgender man by fellow contestant Jeff Varner in an episode that aired Wednesday night.
Varner, shared the information during an emotional Tribal Council on “Survivor: Game Changers.”
“Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?” Varner asked Smith.
Other contestants reacted negatively, telling Varner that was personal and he shouldn’t have said it. Varner insisted he did it to show that Smith was deceptive during the game.
Smith responded by explaining that he didn’t want to be labeled “the trans ‘Survivor’ player.”
“I wanted to be Zeke the ‘Survivor’ player,” Smith said.
While what Varner did was insensitive and stupid, is Survivor also at fault here for setting this whole situation up from the beginning as a show stunt?
After all Survivor obviously knew that Zeke was transgender before the show began and has been know to cast “contestants” who had “secrets” And Smith who was cast last years Millennials vs. Gen X never made it past the final nine before being booted off and was not a “Survivor Game Changer” as this season credits its cast as. Out of all the players from the past 30+ seasons and hundreds of contestants why did Survivor ask Zeke Smith to come back? Could it be because he didn’t last long enough last season for his “secret” to be exposed?
What Jeff Varner did was despicable and he has apologized, But perhaps he is not the only one who should apologize.
Maybe Jeff Probst, Survivor, and CBS also needs to apologize for this bit of manipulative stunt casting to help its ratings that have been sinking steadily season after season.
It is “reality” television after all.
Beam me up Scottie because it what has to be the worst miscasting of the decade, it has been “officially” announced that Orange Is the New Black transsexual actress Laverne Cox will fill the “sweet transvestite from Transylvania” role made famous by Tim Curry in an upcoming FOX -TV’s version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
I am so excited to be a part of #RockHorror legacy. #DontDreamItBeIt https://t.co/tzCOpz5NFC
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) October 21, 2015
The new “re imagined” version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show is the latest musical to be adapted into a television event and probably just as failed as NBC’s “The Sound of Music,” and “Peter Pan”
High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega will direct, choreograph, and executive produce. Which really about says it all.
And remember you are NOT allowed to disagree with this casting no matter how horrendous it is. Because if you do you will be labeled either “transphobic” or a “racist” or both
Well on the bright side at least this still means I have a chance of playing Mama Rose in “Gypsy” on day.
How do you like THOSE eggrolls Mr. Goldstone?
The upcoming 27th installment of CBS’s fading hit reality show Survivor returns next month and as per usual to try to keep the franchise alive it will bring a new twist, the castaways will consist of ten returning players each competing against their very own loved ones. (YAWN)
Unfortunately Survivor and its casting agents (which must be the same as Big Bother’s) have decided that one of the returning players and his “fiance” will be the infamous Colton Cumbie, the gay, racist, and elitist Republican bully of last year’s Survivor: One World.
“Dammit I’m Cumbie” has the maturity of an unfertilized egg and on his first stint on Survivor convinced his tribe to give up their immunity idol so that he could vote out fellow black tribemate Bill whom Cumbie called “ghetto trash” and told the African-American stand-up comic to “get a real job” before listing all the Black people he interacts with in his everyday life including his housekeeper. But it far from ends there. Cumbie racist and insensitive comments continued throughout his time on the show at one point calling a little person contestant (Lief) a “munchkin,” and bullying another contestant and telling her to “jump in the fire”
It not only amazes me but in my opinion it is and afront to the LGBT community especially at this time in our fight for full civil rights that CBS and Survivor deem it fit to bring Cumbie back as a contestant this season especially since here have been many lesbian and gay contestants on Survivor with a much more positive images including Rafe Judkins, Spencer Duhm, Todd Herzog, J.P. Calderon, Ami Cusack, and Scout Cloud Lee to name a few. But like this years casting of Big Brother CBS will once again be using racism and intolerance to get ratings at the LGBT community’s expense.