Australian Survivor: Are intelligent castaways too much to ask for?
OPINION: I am not worried that the amoral behaviour of the cast of Australian Survivor is setting a poor example for my children.
Quite the contrary: I pray that my kids are picking up some useful life lessons from the show.
Frankly, I sometimes worry that their lying and backstabbing skills aren't coming along as quickly as I'd hoped.
If, by exposing them to Survivor, the little ones learn the proper way to betray a friend and split an alliance, I'm all for it.
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On the other hand, I'm hoping my children do not emulate the one character trait that is most obviously on display on Survivor: the trait of unrestrained stupidity.
We can't sheet this home to naivete any more: these players are just idiots.
Look at the current season, for example. Aaron (AK) should have been kicked to the kerb on day one, as it was perfectly obvious at first glance that he was a lying schemer who could contribute nothing to a tribe but would spend all his time pitting people against each other.
Everyone knew all along that he was pulling their strings, but kept on volunteering to play Pinocchio.
Not that AK himself is any great genius: like most Survivor schemers, he forgets that in the end, the winner needs their castmates to vote for them to win the money.
And so, like most schemers, he merrily goes about making everyone hate his guts. It'd be generous to call him shortsighted.
Is a few more intelligent castaways too much to ask for?
A few people who will act in their own self-interest instead of blindly obeying their "mastermind"?
A few masterminds who understand the meaning of the words "popularity contest"?
If the show goes on celebrating such flagrant imbecility, then sadly I may have to ban my kids from watching.
Australian Survivor begins 7.30pm Tuesday, TVNZ2.
- The Age