I just learned from Kai's twitter feed that we will be doing a Periscope this Sunday. So I guess that's happening.
Change of plans our #Periscope will be on Sunday instead. We will do BOTH OF THE EPISODES and it will be epic. #TeamShirin #Survivor
— Kai Ferreira (@SonOfMomOfKai) April 29, 2015
This week's episode made me nauseous for several reasons, but we'll focus on the biggest one: the continued bullying of Shirin, which crossed the line from constant to excessive to what the fuck is wrong with these people.
I understand that not all viewers love Shirin the way I do, the way the Survivor bloggers/podcasters/tweeters I call my friends do - and to that I say that a lot of people also think Rupert is a strategic mastermind, & think Russell Hantz is a swell guy. Opinions are great! Have them. Share them. Amazingly, you can do that without being cruel, or without personally attacking someone. Novel idea, I know.
The tribe returns from camp after voting Joe out, & the next morning Mike overhears Rodney plotting with Carolyn, Tyler, & Will. Rodney has flipped on the Blue Collars & that is such a No Collar thing to do.
It's auction time & Trader Jeff's is open for business. First item remains covered, & Will buys it for $100. It's a piece of paper, & Will gets excited & everyone else is swearing. He opens the paper & reads it. Advantage in the next challenge? Clue to an idol? Nope. Turns out Will bought himself out of the auction & has to leave Trader Jeff's immediately.
Next item is Chicken & Waffles & Shirin bids $300, saying she didn't want to bid on an advantage at the auction so she just wanted to go for it. Before the advantage comes up, Probst brings out letters from home & Shirin uses her Superfan powers to let everyone know that whatever they're bought at, everyone else can buy at that price. So Sierra buys her letters for $20 & everyone else is able to do the same. Not all those who have been holding out for the advantage want to give up an extra $20 that could secure them that prize. Dan is already in tears, pleads with them to please all do it, & Mike says Of course, after you, bro. And then after Dan buys his letters, Mike turns & walks away without buying his. Even Probst seems taken aback by such a bold move. It was amazing, & I wish he hadn't reneged on it. Yes, horrible, horrible social move, but it's the kind of move people write songs about to be set to LEGO minifigures. Carolyn calls bullshit & gets up to return her letters - how is that a thing you can do? Dislike. Mike can't take it & buys his letters.
The 3 who held out for the advantage - Carolyn, Dan, & Mike all bid their remaining money - $480, & draw rocks to see who wins it. Dan pulls the white rock & yells "Yeah, Baby", & Carolyn is confused & thinks she won for a moment.
Back at camp, Will is alone & devastated & sad music plays & this is the last time anybody feels sorry for Will. Turns out he gets a secret stash of food, & he decides to bring it all back to share with Merica.
Mike immediately starts putting a spin on his Auction move, telling Sierra & Dan that the only reason he almost didn't buy his letter was because Rodney flipped on their alliance. He then proceeds to call Rodney out in front of everyone, & Rodney handles it masterfully. Yes. Rodney throws it back at Mike, expressing disbelief that he's ruining everyone's moments with their letters from home. Merica starts nodding their heads, & OMG Rodney is kind of more than okay at this game.
Later, Rodney finds a still emotional Dan and strengthens his Wow, can you believe Mike almost didn't let you have this experience? pitch.
The advantage Dan won at the Auction isn't your average advantage in the next Immunity Challenge. It's an extra vote at a Tribal Council.
Mike and Jenn agree that there was probably more to Will's stash that he kept to himself, because no good deed goes unpunished in Survivor. Tyler tells Will that Shirin, Mike, & Jenn are spreading rumours that there's more food, so Will grabs Rodney, shows him the empty box, they bring back the empty box, & then Will goes on a tirade against Shirin, as Mike & Jenn aren't around.
Does he have every right to be outraged that his generous act is now being met with suspicion, & that his character & trustworthiness are now being questioned? Of course. Should he realize it's only fair that this came up, since sneakiness and duplicity are parts of playing this game? Probably. But Will's reaction is far beyond the spectrum of reason. So far beyond that it's nauseating. So far beyond that I CAN'T EVEN. FOR, LIKE, THE 4th TIME THIS SEASON. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE.
Will calls Shirin "a greedy ass", & says she sits & eats all day. Shirin's eyebrows raise & she asks him if he really has to speak to her like that. YES I DO, he basically screams back at her. And the fucking horns of Isengard rise & fall in the background. Mike shows up & tries to get Shirin out of there. Not before Will tells Shirin that nobody likes her (lolokay <3 <3 <3) & that nobody back home is missing her. We all have loved ones that love & care for us - you have nothing. WTF. Like, for real what the fuck. What in the actual fuck.
#fbf to when we all mistakenly thought Will couldn't look any worse than this on #SurvivorWorldsApart. #Survivor pic.twitter.com/IyBZziMjtT
— Lisa Ferreira (@MomOfKai) April 24, 2015
In Shirin's confessional, she comments that after growing up with constant verbal abuse, she gets worked up about it, but it's remarkable how cool & calm she seems to be. One might even marvel at how collective she is. Shirin points out that not one person aside from Mike said anything at all. Pretty gross.
Kind-of-side-note: I'm in the middle of reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, & I immediately recalled The Bystander Effect while watching this. The Bystander Effect basically shows that the larger the number of bystanders to an event resulting in distress or injury is, the less likely it is that help will be given. In other words, when in a group where someone needs help, human instinct is to assume that if the others don't step up, it's probably not as big a deal as we think it is, because if it were, someone else *would* have stepped up & helped. So we stay silent, & so does everyone else. Pretty disturbing. Maybe if Tyler had been the only one present while Will was yelling at Shirin, he would have said something. Maybe Sierra would have, if she had been the sole witness. I still can't get my head around the fact that this is happening with cameras all around. Like, can you really forget that the cameras are there? Really? Yes, I know, I haven't experienced what anyone out there has experienced. You don't have to send me messages stating that. But I have experience being a human being. And that's all one should need to *not* personally attack someone in this way. I know I've said it before, & some of you have heard it many times, but really, just don't be a dick. It's literally all anyone needs to do. Just don't be a dick. Don't. Don't be one.
At the Immunity Challenge, Will asks to sit out of the Challenge in exchange for his letter from home. Probst says Sure, but only if nobody objects. For a moment, everyone is silent & my redheaded temper is unsatisfied & I think I'm going to have to tweet something about Shirin being a better person than all of us. But then...
And I'm happy! Shirin's not a better person than all of us - SHE *IS* ALL OF US.
You guys, there *is* a middle finger emoji! 🙋🏽 #Survivor #SurvivorWorldsApart @theshirin
— Lisa Ferreira (@MomOfKai) April 23, 2015
I mean, yes, she is better than me, because Shirin didn't make it personal & just said He bought himself out of the Auction & the game's the game. I probably would not have been so civil. Shirin's badass handraising doesn't get Isengard horns, because that's for the bad guys. She gets Morricone because she's the fucking good guy in the spaghetti western this season is turning out to be. CLEAN UP THE TOWN, SHERIFF SHIRIN.
The Immunity Challenge is pretty much an egg race with balls, & Mike wins. (But imagine Vince in that challenge, dead last because he recognizes these balls as truth-seeking balls and is trying to use them to clear all of the negative energy out of the tribe.)
Rodney's bummed because he can't immediately build on the animosity towards Mike, but Will's pumped.
Mike, Shirin & Jenn agree to vote for Carolyn, but it will only work if Mike can convince Dan to vote with him.
Mike gives Dan a very impassioned speech about who has developed trust with him since Day 1, & seems to give Dan a lot to think about. He's very upset that he's a swing vote, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Tyler approaches him & calmly lets him know that his alliance was questioning him because he spent so long talking to Mike, & Dan completely overreacts. He snaps at Tyler & everyone else with a childish kind of viciousness. Enough of the game. If I go with them, that's my choice.
At Tribal Council, Will gets right into what he calls "an incident". Shirin makes it clear that Will didn't just explode over being questioned over the food, but turned it into a personal attack, which Will denies at every step. It's appalling. "He started talking about how I have no family, how I'm a loser, how more people in this game like him than like me in my entire life..."
"...that I have no soul, that he needs to pray for me..."
Shirin is extremely emotional, but does Will even acknowledge that someone is visibly upset, let alone that it's because of his actions? Nope. As Shirin is sharing the history of abuse that tore her family apart, Will continuously interrupts her to defend himself, saying he didn't verbally assault her, he just called her out, & when she gets called out, she "plays the victim". He said it with the air quotes. Yes, really. Twice, actually. Shirin then notes that everyone was standing around just watching this happen like it was entertainment, & I'm so glad she did that.
Time to vote, votes are read, & Jenn is voted out. Jenn leaves the Tribal Council area immediately.
One good thing came out of this episode:
Proud to be part of a show that doesn't sweep real issues under the rug. Hope you are inspired to #RaiseYourHand against bullying & abuse 🙋🏽
— Shirin Oskooi (@theshirin) April 23, 2015
For every act of misogyny this season I will donate $100 to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Relying on fans to help me count.
— Shirin Oskooi (@theshirin) April 23, 2015
If you care to join me: http://t.co/XTOTmp3Lvh #RaiseYourHand 🙋🏽
— Shirin Oskooi (@theshirin) April 23, 2015
#TEAMSHIRIN <3 <3 <3