A White Male Really Won Survivor 41

December 18th, 2021 | RR

A white, cis-gender male named Xander played the better game in the latest season of Survivor, but he failed to win a single vote from a jury with a woke agenda. The wokeness of season 41 was so entrenched that a legitimate winner lost the game for being straight, white and male. For anyone who is a long-time fan of the show and doesn't have a habit of self-deceit, this fact is not debatable. 

You can take your debate somewhere else. If you think Erika won legitimately and played the best game, you're either lying to yourself, or you're happy that a cis-gender white male was robbed of victory in the name of social justice—which is exactly what the jury (and producers) had in mind.

It's difficult to imagine a scenario in which producers of the show did not interfere with the outcome of the game. We have no evidence to back that up, but we know there was an agenda from the premier episode. That was made clear when Jeff Probst vowed to eliminate the word “guys” from his vocabulary. Completely unprovoked, Jeff brought up the subject to the new contestants in the very first episode, only to have them all agree that the word was fine and should continue to be used—until the next challenge, when one of the gay contestants with a pregnant husband changed his mind and objected to the use of the word.

This was Survivor now. The show's new spirit carried through to the very end, where a heavily biased jury robbed Xander Hastings of an obvious victory.


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Xander wasn't some hyper masculine alpha male. He was a goofy, woke member of the Zoomer generation. If anything, he probably agrees that he should have lost and is happy to have been sacrificed on the alter of progressivism. However, that's not the point. The point is, Survivor can no longer be trusted to crown an honest and legitimate winner. Therefore, the show has become pointless and unwatchable.

If you've been a die-hard fan of the show since the beginning, like I have, you know what I'm talking about.

There is something pure and deeply satisfying about seeing someone we absolutely despise win Survivor. Even though we dislike someone, we love to see them win when they deserve it. With the dislike comes an unspoken respect. Throughout the years, this has happened several times on Survivor—when an unpopular or thoroughly horrible person wins. At the end of it, most Survivor fans come to terms with the victories and take satisfaction in knowing that the best player won, regardless of their own feelings about them.

Sadly, this is no longer the culture we live in.

People who are deemed horrible and morally unworthy by society, in one way or another, are no longer allowed to be successful. That has never been seen more clearly than it was in the latest season of Survivor. Xander, by the nature of his own gender and skin colour, was not allowed to win. The show needed to make an impact and change history, which is a motive that was clearly expressed by many of this season's players. Through some cosmic occurrence of pure coincidence, the show's producers and players were perfectly aligned in their motives.

If you watched this season on and off, or missed some parts, I will start to break it down for you. Despite my anger and wariness after the premier episode, I continued watching. I had hope that the show would naturally and organically play out the way it normally (not always) has before. I honestly believed the best person would inevitably win, so I stayed on. Unfortunately, that never happened and this was my last season after 20 years.

From the beginning, this latest season had a weird “trophy for everyone” mentality that affected the game and the attitudes of the players. This mindset eventually resulted in one of the worst players in memorable Survivor history to be crowned the winner.


Erika Casupanan

In case you haven't figured it out by now, she won the million dollar prize. Of the final three, she was the worst player. For anyone who has been a full fledged fan of the show, Erika was one of the worst players to have ever played the game. Maybe to some newer, younger viewers that might not be the case. For anyone who knows the names Rob Mariano, Richard Hatch, Tony Vlachos, Yul Kwon, Ethan Zohn and Sandra Diaz, Erika Casupanan will be forever regarded as an unworthy winner.

At the end of the day, she did officially win the game and join the family of winners, but many will view her as the winner of Survivor's first official participation trophy.

Erika won because the jury didn't want a straight white male to win the game and because they weren't willing to give the prize to the other diversity candidate, Deshawn Radden. Between the final three candidates, Erika and Deshawn got all of the jury's votes—with not one single vote for Xander.

Through most of the game, Erika was confused, insecure and incapable of building an alliance or firm relationship with any of the other players. She spent most of her time wondering if she was going to be the next one voted out. She had no consistent or clear strategy and she didn't win any substantial challenges. Leading up to one of the final challenges, she accidentally stumbled upon an advantage after failing to solve a word clue.

Erika was the last person to complete the word clue, but she managed to stumble across the advantage by accident. The advantage helped her win the challenge and earn her spot in the final four, but she was carried to the final three by Xander, after he forced Deshawn and Heather to make fire.

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There was no conceivable reason for the jury to have crowned Erika the winner, other than her ethnicity and gender.


Deshawn Radden

The only attributable success for Deshawn was his miraculous, last minute ability to create fire in the challenge against Heather. For most of the game, Deshawn was erratic, frantic and irrational. He burned his bridges with his “all black” alliance, which helped seal his defeat among most of the jury. He spent a lot of time frantically second guessing himself and his alliance. He made numerous irrational moves and decisions and only avoided being voted out earlier due to an intervention of sheer luck.

Despite his inability to play a decisive game, the jury gave him one vote—which came from a fellow African American.


The Jury

To help paint a clear picture of how this all unfolded, we can look at who the jury was. We won't know if the jury spent time at Ponderosa plotting out their decision together, but we know their decision wasn't rooted in any kind of honesty or logic. This is obvious by their almost unanimous choice to crown the worst player, while refusing to give a single vote to the person who played a far better and decisive game than Erika or Deshawn.

One of the best players this season also happened to be the player that took issue with the word “guys” and declared that Survivor was making history. Ricard Foye was one of Survivor's best players to date and would have made a good winner, regardless of how I—or anyone—feel about him. Had he made the final three, he would have checked all the boxes for the jury and for die-hard fans of the show. He is smart, strategic and gay—with a pregnant, transgender husband. Like most fans, I would have been satisfied with him winning, despite his proclivity for pushing woke bullshit.

Despite his bromance with Xander, Ricard voted for Erika. Xander didn't play as good of a game as Ricard, but he played a hell of a good game compared to Erika. This makes Ricard's decision more illogical.

Heather, an old stay-at-home granny, voted for Erika. She was the typical late-aged woman who had a profound moment connecting with Deshawn and being awakened to the silent struggles of African Americans. She exhibited all the hallmarks of a suburban, liberal Democrat voter. Heather failed miserably at almost every challenge, but was uplifted and coddled by the other players and Jeff Probst. She was one of the worst and most useless players in Survivor history.

Naseer, an immigrant from India, was a typically fun and good-natured person who openly acknowledged Xander's good gameplay and kindness—but still proceeded to vote for Erika.

Liana, Shan and Danny were the African Americans on the jury. The three of them, with Deshawn, made an attempt at a “black alliance” and spent the last half of the game yammering on about racial justice and the struggles of coloured people. Their plan collapsed when Deshawn lost his noodle and deviated by stabbing Shan in the back. This is why Liana and Shan threw their votes at Erika, leaving Danny as Deshawn's only supporter on the jury.

Evvie is a non-binary queer woman, who was the first to encourage Jeff Probst to continue using the word “guys”. We won't know what discussions were had at Ponderosa among the jury and whether Evvie's status as a non-binary person gives her a bias against cis-gendered white males, but we know she voted for Erika.

Throughout the season, there seemed to be a motive to “make history”. By history, of course, they mean crowning a non-white and diverse candidate. At some point, we can assume the jury had this discussion at Ponderosa and collectively made up their minds about not crowning Xander the winner. It was all about signalling virtue and sending a message to the world. Wokeness was the theme of the whole season, so that's how it was destined to end.

As a result, Survivor 41 crowned a genuine loser. It can only be assumed that all forthcoming seasons will continue to dishonestly crown undeserving winners based on the merits of their gender and ethnicity. After shedding more than two million viewers from past seasons, it's clear that the show's producers and players have failed at accomplishing what they sought out to accomplish. With season 42 already in the editing room, it'll be interesting to see how many scenes get left on the cutting room floor to save the show's dismal future.


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