Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"Survivor" Gets Racial
In a pretty nervy move for a major network, CBS's reality series "Survivor" is playing the race card. In the new season beginning Sept. 14, the castaways will be broken into four tribes based on ethnic lines: African-American, Asian, Hispanic and White. (As with all the other seasons, the tribes will later be combined.) Is this provocative, offensive, daring or stupid? I have no idea, but it's not often a network will even acknowledge race in such an upfront manner, much less make it a factor in how a TV show is played out. I thought I had to watch "The Wire" on HBO for an honest look at race. "Survivor" is just a game, but this stunt will certainly get people talking.