I have watched every single season of Survivor except for the second one. It is easily my favorite reality show and I am not ashamed to admit it. Do I like it because of the man versus nature element? Eh, I don’t care about. How about the strategy and conniving? Not really, the game is actually pretty predictable.
So why do I love Survivor so? Simple… It is the most racist and ageist show on television. Not only that but there are so many “lessons” that they are trying to teach us.
Every season Survivor finds new ways to insult entire groups of people. Usually one of the first people voted out of the game is someone that is old. Only on very rare occasions do you see older people making it far into the game. The perception is that they are weak and are unable to contribute in physical challenge. Yet the always keep one attractive girl around that has the physical abilities and coordination of a toddler.
The lesson learned is that tits always beat experience.
Discrimination against old people still isn’t as fun as the stereotyping of African Americans that usually happens. Every other season there is an African American that is really lazy around camp and doesn’t do shit. If that character isn’t on then there is one that is just too dumb to see everything develop around them.
The lesson learned here is that while we might have a black president most of America still wants to see black people as dumb and lazy.
Of course the people that do the most conniving and planning are gay people. They are smarter than the average person and cannot be trusted because they are always looking out for themselves. Every season there is a gay player or someone that you can assume is gay and they are the always doing the backstabbing or leading the way.
The lesson here is that gay people are inherently evil and untrustworthy.
It is absolutely hilarious to me to watch this unfold before my eyes every season. Along with the other typical story lines that take place like…. People want to be lead but they don’t want someone to be bossy. Men/women are easily fooled by the opposite gender when there are romantic entanglements. (It rotates who is the weaker gender season to season.) And the most important one… If you keep your mouth shut, buddy up to the right people, and fly under the radar you can go far in life.
And really isn’t that the lesson everyone wants to learn? Why lead when you can just leach on and ride a wave to success?
What lessons do you learn from TV Shows?