The net is abuzz today with news on The Great American Reality Show - Survivor. The show, which is known for dividing contestants into groups, has apparently decided to separate players by race this year. Black, white, latino and asian contestants will all have a shot at $1 million dollars but apparently arabic, indian and native american fans will have to choose sides. CBS officials are, of course, refusing comment.
What does everyone think? Racist? Bad judgement? A way to break down stereotypes?
UPDATE: Survivor announced today that the rumor is true. The original 20 contestants will be divided according to race - white, black, asian and hispanic. Hmmmm. The token gay is a fashion director. Maybe there is something to the whole "stereotype" factor... *grins*
Fueled by critics who slammed its lack of diversity, CBS's Survivor has unveiled a new twist for its upcoming season: Contestants will be divided by ethnicity. When it premieres Sept. 14, Survivor: Cook Islands will feature 20 castaways divided into four tribes: black, white, Asian and Latino.
'We're going to take some heat for it,' says creator and executive producer Mark Burnett of the twist, which was announced Wednesday morning. 'But it's a great cast.'
For a show entering its 13th season with steady ratings but ebbing buzz, the decision could be a shot in the arm if it once again generates Survivor water-cooler chatter. 'Some people will think this is controversial. Others will think, "What's the big deal?"' host Jeff Probst tells PEOPLE. 'Either way, it's going to be very interesting.'