Even though we’re not recapping Survivor this season, I felt compelled to write something about the craziness that went down in last night’s episode. Even Rich, who wrote the recap for ANTM last night, felt compelled to mention something about it in his Top Model recap. The episode was jaw-dropping in many ways to say the least.
For those of you that recorded it and haven’t watched it yet, I’ll keep the specifics of what went on until after the jump. I will say that Tribal Council started off with Jeff saying that never in the some 400 tribal councils in 24 seasons of Survivor had a tribe of castaways made the decision one of the tribes this season did.
Before I get to the specifics, this is what fellow write Rich had to say about the episode: “Did you people watch Survivor tonight? OMFG. Can’t wait to read the recaps on that! I was so uncomfortable watching the vaguely racist, intensely classist, and deeply disturbing display of cultural insecurity. Colton is a nightmare. Gives all us gays a bad name… well maybe just the gay Republicans out there. That kid is awful. He needs a little Tyrant tirade a la Tiffany. Learn something from this!” Find out what went down below, and share your thoughts.
Before I get to tribal council, I have to say that Colton was an absolute biatch on a power trip during the episode and was out to get Bill because he didn’t like him.
Cut to the boys winning the immunity, safe from tribal council. Here’s where the madness happened. Since Colton couldn’t be a grown up and discuss the issues he had with Bill when Bill asked him to chat with him, he decided that Bill needed to go… but the boys weren’t going to Tribal Council… the girls were. So, Colton rounded up the men and convinced them it would be a good idea to vote out Leif for telling Bill that they were previously thinking of voting him out. The told the girls that they wanted to go to tribal instead (and the girls were of course laughing at them behind their backs). The men’s tribe was indeed mad at Leif, but it turned out he was just a decoy and Bill was actually the one sent packing.
As Jeff put it, this could be the single dumbest move in Survivor history as 8 people on a tribe had agreed to do this. No one chooses to go to Tribal Council, idiots!
So that’s only the half of it. At Tribal Council, Colton showed his true colors (pun intended) to America by making some very ignorant comments that reflect race and social status. He was so rude to Bill (shown above) and Bill was in shock at what was coming out of Colton’s mouth. Here’s a bit of an excerpt from the more intense part of tribal council:
Colton: Like, I’m the the type of person in this game that if I don’t like you, I’m not gonna talk you. Like I will just ignore you. Like leave me alone.
Jeff: Who don’t you like in this game?
Jeff: Why don’t you like Bill?
Colton: He’s obnoxious. He’s loud. And plus, he’s a struggling stand-up comic…
Bill: I don’t what your correlation is?
Colton: Like get a real job.
Jeff: Wow, Bill?
Bill: Honestly, I love the kid, we just come from two totally different backgrounds.
Colton: But the thing about it is…
Bill: Wait, wait… you just spoke. Give me a second. Me and him come from two totally different backgrounds. I’m not here to make it this whole black, white thing or whatever. I’m just talking about the differences in our upbringings. I’ve been on my own since I was 17-years old man. Me being poor, that’s just my life. When you’re a struggling standup comic, I mean that’s what you do. You don’t make very much money and you sleep on people’s couches. The truth is, that’s what I do.
Jeff: So Colton, tell me about where you come from.
Colton: Alabama. I mean, I live in a town of 3,000 people. and yes, i did go to a private like all white school. Buut I do have like African American people in my life.
Colton: (laughs) My housekeeper.
Bill: So, I mean that just like put us on a weird vibe from day one
Colton: But she’s like a member of our family. Like she’s..
Jeff: A paid member.
Colton: Yeah, I mean you know, she doesn’t work for free. But I dont’ have a problem with Bill because of his race at all. The problem I have with Bill is that he’s ‘Poor pitiful me, I’m poor. Like I don’t associate with those kind of people in the real world and I’m sure as hell not going to associate with people like that here.
Jeff: So being a stand-up is not a legitimate profession in your eyes.
Colton: No, it is a legitimate profession but have a backup plan. Like don’t live off the kindness of others.
Bill: Are you out of your mind? Bro, you haven’t worked an honest day in your life or had to go out and get a job. You’re gonna sit up here and tell me that me pursuing my dreams, something that I love, which is comedy… I don’t want a fallback plan. That’s what I wanna do with my life.
Bill: Hold on. That’s what I want to do with my life, okay? Don’t judge me. I don’t judge you. So don’t look down at me, don’t call me names, and for the love of God, I work with people and for no one. You got that?
Colton: Whatever, Bill.
Jeff: Colton, are there any groups where you live that look down or maybe judge the fact that you’re gay?
Colton: I’m sure there are, but the people that I associate with… Yes, you often say, ‘Country Club people’ whatever, I feel like they have more educated like thoughts and ideas and they’re more open and accepting to things. The ones who have a problem with it are the ones driving around in their like jacked up trucks with the rebel flags hanging out of it and you know they go home to their trailers at night.
At this point Tarzan pipes in and tries to diffuse the situation and downplay Colton’s statements, making certain that no one looked racist. Too late, Tarzan.
In the preview for next week, it looks like Colton’s reign as Queen of the Camp is overturned by a twist thrown into the game. Can’t wait to see that go down.
What did you think of Colton’s behavior and comments? How do you feel about his behavior giving a bad reflection of gays? I know he hasn’t chosen to be a “gay role model” or anything, but for those people that don’t know any gay people, they only know what they see on TV and Colton is not doing us any favors.