“It was an idea I had, I think, when I was flying from L.A. to somewhere. I thought it would be nice to lose our identities, to submerge ourselves in the persona of a fake group. We would make up all the culture around it and collect all our heroes in one place. So I thought, A typical stupid-sounding name for a Dr. Hook’s Medicine Show and Traveling Circus kind of thing would be ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ Just a word game, really.”
I don’t watch Survivor, but this moment just hit me in the gut.
You know the show. It’s tribal council. The losing team is deciding who to vote out. Jeff Varner, a gay man, knows he’s on the chopping block but tries to turn it around by saying fellow players Zeke and Ozzie have a secret alliance. “There is deception…on levels we don’t understand.”
Then (it’s at 1:55 in the video if you’re impatient), he turns to Zeke and asks,
“Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?”
Yeah, you read that right. Zeke just got outed on national television.
The reaction itself speaks volumes, as it shows what I think is a powerful microcosm of society in 2017.
Yes, it’s 14 minutes, but it’s the most powerful 14 minutes I’ve seen on tv this year.
Watch and reblog if you support the trans community.
And for what it’s worth, not a single vote in here has your name on it.
This is a historic tribal council. Most idols ever played at a tribal – three. Most people ever safe at a tribal – five. And the most significant and devastating part of tonight’s history-making tribal for you, Cirie, is you become the first person in 34 seasons to be voted out simply because there literally is no other choice. There’s no need to revote.
I can honestly say that I never thought the tv show Survivor would make me cry. But tonight when Jeff Varner outed Zeke as being trans during tribal council to try and paint Zeke as deceiving everyone in the tribe, it made me disgusted and cry.
Like… he not only outed Zeke to those 6 people, but the millions of people watching the show. He away Zeke’s choice to tell people, and forever changed Zeke’s identity from being Zeke to being “the trans survivor player.”
Not to mention the fact that Varner tried to make the fact that Zeke didn’t tell the tribe he was trans that he was being deceitful and sneaky and lying to them all.
I AM JUST SO UPSET AND ZEKE HANDLED THAT WHOLE SITUATION WITH SUCH CLASS AND I AM SO GLAD THAT EVERYONE ON THE TRIBE FUCKING TOOK A SHIT ALL OVER VARNER
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