General Motors has now withdrawn its sponsorship from CBS’s divided-by-race Survivor show.
Haranguing by minority members of the New York City Council played a key role:
A group of New York City officials blasted CBS and its hit series “Survivor” on Thursday, a day after the network announced that the teams on the new season of the reality show will be divided by race.
Saying that the setup will promote divisiveness, the officials called on CBS to reconsider its plans.
“The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous,” said City Councilman John Liu. “How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?”
…Liu, who is Asian American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council’s black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.
Hold up, hold up. Yes, you read that right. Divided-by-race politicians are moaning about a divided-by-race game show. Pot meet kettle.
The New York Post busts the Big Apple’s irony-challeged pols:
Yesterday, members of the council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC) met with the press to complain about – of all things – classifying individuals by race and/or ethnic origins.
The issue is an upcoming TV-reality series that will divide up contestants based on ethnicity.
Yeah, that’s a pretty obnoxious notion. But if the council members feel that it’s repugnant for TV producers to classify people by race – and, again, we agree that it is – then why have they formed a race-driven cliques like BLAC?
The council is hardly unique in this respect. But that doesn’t make it right.
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