Posted on Aug 25, 2006
The next season of “Survivor” will have a new twist that has already drawn criticism. Four teams are to be divided along racial/ethnic lines?blacks, whites, Asians, and Latinos. The individual who wins gets a million-dollar prize.
Fernando Mateo, founder of Hispanics Across America, had this to say about the format: “The participants will be held to the daunting and unfair challenge of representing an entire race of people…. What will it mean for a team—a race—to fail in a battle of wits and strength against another race?”
The network announced on Wednesday that the 20 “castaways” would be initially segregated into groups of blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos before merging later in the series.
It said the move was aimed at addressing complaints that there had not been sufficient ethnic diversity in previous series.
But New York councillor John Liu told the Associated Press: “The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous.
“How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?”