Friday, August 25, 2006

'Survivor' decides to play the race card

Survivor is a popular reality television game show produced in many countries throughout the world. It is the mother of reality TV.

The US version shown on CBS is rolling out a new series. It will segregate its 20 new castaways into four groups - black, white, Asian and Hispanic for its 13th season, “Survivor: Cook Islands,”beginning Sept. 14.

Is this the start of a race war?

Many experts on race relations agree that it will not help in racial harmony by pitting one group against another in this type of competition even if it just a social experiment.

Last season, the reality show divided its players by age and gender, and while separating the sexes is typical reality fare, pitting people of different ethnicities against each other enters uncharted reality TV territory.

This is definitely a controversial matter and needs to be handled with kid gloves.

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