“Open-Minded” is the New “Dumb.”

August 23rd, 2006  |  Published in etc

A Racy Twist for “Survivor” – Yahoo! News:

Jeff Probst popped in on The Early Show Wednesday morning, confirming the reports that the 20 castaways for Survivor: Cook Islands will be grouped by race, with competitors divided into four tribes consisting of whites, blacks, Asians and Hispanics.

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“To the less-than-open minded person, it is very easy to trash us,” Burnett explained to Entertainment Weekly. “But we’re smart enough to not make it negative. We’re smart enough to have gotten rid of every racist person in casting.”

I wish I could have been in the room while HR explained that to the pink-slipees.

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While the 43-year-old host admitted that the players themselves had “mixed reactions” to the racial separation, he made clear that the division was not meant to incite any controversy, add to the tension during the competition or simply be viewed as a gimmick.

Then he donned blackface, capered about in tap shoes and complained about “dem ol’ debbil PC thought police.”

(via MeFi)

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