NEW YORK (Roto Reuters) – As CBS prepares to launch a new season of the hit reality show "Survivor," this time featuring teams divided by race, enraged city officials are saying it promotes divisiveness and are calling for the network to reconsider.
"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?"
For the first portion of the 13th season of "Survivor," which premieres Sept. 14, the contestants competing for the $1 million prize while stranded on the Cook Islands in the South Pacific will be divided into four teams – blacks, Asians, Latinos and whites.
In a surprise decision the 2nd District Court has issued an injunction against CBS and has explicitly outlawed racial segregation of Survivor shows. The idea of "separate but equal" teams has not met legal muster. The court has ordered forced busing between the four teams
Jeff Probs, the show’s host, has requested the Cook Island National Guard to block the entrances to the different teams to enforce racial segregation among teams.