From the episode thread:
I really don't understand (blaming CBS/its advertisers for Colton). You can't believe that CBS or the Survivor PTB are responsible for what Colton is saying? If anything, I applaud them for displaying his heinous bigotry openly for all the world to see, rather than burying it on the cutting-room floor and allowing people to pretend that we're "past" this kind of thinking in America.
There's a middleground between "burying it" and "turning it into the whole show". Also, by making Colton the star of the show - by showing his whole tribe deferring to him and kissing his ass and "I need to yell at the Oompa Loompa, one of you bring him to me while the others continue to fan me" - they're, however subtly, endorsing the behaviour.
I've talked in the Editing thread about how Survivor editing has changed. They used to show us why
power players were power players, and how others related to them, and why others let them
have that power. Now, they designate a power player and show them bullying people and never explain why that bullying works. This style of editing leaves us with no possible textual conclusion for why people follow the bully except "wow, that guy must have something
going for him."
So people watching the show are seeing that behaviour like Colton's will take you places. It's not a good message. They shouldn't censor him; they should establish what a bigot he is, establish why his tribe is tolerating it and explore whether they're all bigots too, and put it in some kind of context.
It's not as if what we see on Survivor is an objective truth. We see only the very tiniest sliver of what goes on. The story - the only
story - the show is choosing to tell us this year is, "Hey, this guy who hates everybody - isn't he awesome? Everybody's choosing to follow him, and we're choosing to make him the star of the show - that must be because of how wonderful his views are!" That's
I can come up with a fourth name - Russell Hantz.
Maybe I missed something, but I always thought Russell was just an arrogant little bugger who hated everybody
. I don't remember any racism or any misogyny, as such. Yes, he had his "dumbass girl alliance", but if he'd preferred to ally with Mick and Jaison and whoever at the start of the game, he'd have probably called them the "dumbass guy alliance".
And Brandon...what a headcase. I hope he gets the help he needs, far away from my TV. (Him being far away from my TV will be an important part of the help I