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.
Steve, the man in the video below was a gay Mormon man who belonged to the Evergreen International “gay conversion” program that TLC’s “My Husbands Not Gay” subject Preston “Pret” Dahlgren is the former chairman of . After Evergreen shut down last year, Dahlgren joined North Star International – yet another such group – as a board member.
Jeff Bennion, another of the men profiled in “Not Gay,” is a spokesman for North Star.
None of this is mentioned in the TLC show. Which is a clear attempt to deceive the viewers.
Steve states that at least 1/3 of the people who were in his group have since committed suicide.
THIS is what TLC/Discovery channel calls “entertainment”.
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.
Survivor 25 : Philippines begins tonight on CBS. And once again it’s casting department has scraped the “celebrity” bottom of the barrel this time out by casting anti-gay bigots Jeff Kent, who won the National League MVP award in 2000 and who in October of 2008, Kent donated $15,000 to support California’s Proposition 8, the anti-civil rights initiative that banned same-sex marriage.
To further sour the anti-gay pot, Survivor also cast the “Pray The Gay Away” loving “Christian” Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair from The Facts of Life (Who I am sure if Mrs Garret was around today would slap the shit out of.)
Welchel, who pimped herself on the show by way of online campaign that she and her fans concocted told Zap2It.com after being cast: “I would love to be able to show a different image of a Christian … [Many people] think that — and unfortunately it’s well deserved — Christians are about separating and dividing, and less about accepting and including. I would like viewers to see that with all this diversity in the tribe that I genuinely am interested in and care about people and who they are, where they are.”
What Welchel forgot to say was that she is a huge anti-gay bigot and thinks very highly of gay conversion therapy.
On her website, Whelchel told a mother worried her son might be gay that, “If a person desires, it is possible to leave behind a homosexual lifestyle. I know this is true because I’ve seen it come true in the lives of many of my friends. Thousands have been helped, loved, and supported by websites such as Exodus [International] and the many ministries they recommend.”
You take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em both and there you have: a washed up teen sitcom actress who finds God and loses her fucking mind.
Survivor also cast yet another “born again christian” to keep Welchel company and one lone out lesbian contestant Dana Lambert from Arkansas who will have to deal with all the bible thumping bullshit.
Gay Republican contestant Colton Cumbie (what a fitting name) who was on this seasons Survivor: One World had to leave the game early because of a physical ailment but not before becoming one of its most despised contestants in Survivor history due to his racist, hateful, and typical republican remarks which he then tried to explain last night on the Survivor: One WorldReunionShow after the season finale.
And the little Auntie Tom even brought his Mother who then apologized for his actions.
In a video made by the Boneham campaign Rupert speaks about marriage equality pledging to STOP Indiana DOMA saying:
“I’ve been married to my wife for 14 wonderful years. Like many couples out there, we’ve had our hardships, we’ve had our trials, but nothing like the LGBT has to go through. It pains me to see my family and friends blocked from the same rights, privileges, protections that my wife and I are granted, just because we are legally married. What does it say to the youth of Indiana when a whole segment of our society is treated like second-class citizens?”
Great news for Indiana!
Boneham’s opposition both Republican and Democrat support Indiana DOMA are are against same sex marriage. Boneham is running as the Libertarian candidate and there is a downside.
Back2Stonewall.com talked with Evan McMahon who works for the Boneham campaign and while Rupert does stand for Marriage Equality he does tow the Libertarian lines on Job and Housing protections and does not support ENDA type laws believing that business and housing owers should have full discretion on who they should be able to hire and rent to and be able to say no and discriminate for any reason.
CBS’s reality juggernaut Survivor has announced its Season 24, Survivor: One World cast which premieres Feb. 15 and finally we can all say that a reality television show has actually done something RIGHT by casting 21 year old, pink polo-shirted, gay Republican Colton Cumbie (I kid you not. CUM-bie is his last name) as the villain of this season.
Of course, no Survivor is complete without a villain, and Probst says this season’s baddie comes in the form of gay Republican Colton Cumbie. “He doesn’t know it, but he is a full-on villain. He thinks he’s the most charming guy ever. He’s a devil and I don’t even think he’s disguised.”
Hurrah! Finally a season where we don’t have to feel obligated to root for the gay guy.
HEY GOProud and Jimmy LaSalvia! So on which episode should we expect the first staged hate crime targeting Colton Cumbie on the island ?
”I call myself Daddy Bear,” says the openly gay former NYPD morgue detective. ”I’m older, wiser, and cuter, I guess. No, I’m kidding. I’m not cuter.” One thing he’s not kidding about, however, is which two former players he’d like to see return this season. ”I would like to see Jane. And I know people may not like hearing this, but I like Russell. I do! I just like him! I worked in the New York City police department for 20 years. There’s a thousand Russells”
Andy Dehmart over at Reality blurred is reporting that Carrie “I Touch Myself” Prejean has reportedly been cast on Season 22 od “Survivor” called Redemption Island.
Andy reports this according to a report at Survivor Sucks by missyae, also supposedly returning will be a Boston Rob and Russell Hanz once again.
Stunt casting is increasingly part of Survivor for some reason. perhaps one day they’ll figure out that they really don’t need it enough to justify casting a homophobic ex-beauty queen to get rating. I mean c’mon wasn’t Shannon Elkins homophobia this season enough. Not to mention the possible closeting of two of this seasons current contestants
If it’s true sucky casting of Prejean on Survivor 22
Last night on Survivor a homophobic verbal rant by contestant Shannon Elkin of Layette, LA not only surprised the castaways on Survivor but the audience himself when he came out with the statement ” Hey, I’m gonna get this out of the way right now. Are you gay?”— during a heated Tribal Council when he tried to deflect criticism off himself and then followed that with “New York is filled with a bunch of gay people”?
The one person who wasn’t surprised was Jeff Probst : I for one was not surprised by Shannon’s slurs. During our first conversation in Nicaragua, he casually said, “My boys can call me a fag [but] I know I’m straight.” (He also used a gay slur in an interview with a reporter before the game, so this was by no means an isolated incident)
Well on top of everything Shannon’s gay comments that sealed his second grade education fate and they sent the good ole, gator fucking redneck, bigoted homophobe , good ole boy a packing!