The Race Between Races
Survivor host, Jeff Probst, has confirmed that the new season will divide 20 people into 4 tribes by race. The rumor surfaced earlier this week.
Jeff said: "Well, that's probably one of the reasons it will be interesting and controversial, maybe, as you say. I know, from where I sit, I found it to be one of the freshest ideas we've had going back to the beginning of this show in season one." "I think at first glance, when you just hear the idea, it could sound like a stunt. Especially with the way reality has gone, it wouldn't be unusual. But that's not what we're doing here. The idea for this actually came from the criticism that 'Survivor' was not ethnically diverse enough," he said. "Because, for whatever reason, we've always had a low number of minority applicants apply to the show. So we set out and said, 'Let's turn this criticism into creative for the show. I think it fits in perfectly with what 'Survivor' does — it is a social experiment. And this is adding another layer to that experiment, which is taking the show to a completely different level."
Reception from the contestants was mixed. Some thought it was enforcing stereotypes and others didn't care, they were just there to play the game. I'm with the latter.
Here's some information on the new tribe members.