There are no words to describe in last night’s episode of Survivor: Game Changers, more specifically the Tribal Council. In the beginning, we saw the Mana tribe dealing with the loss of reward in the form of Pizza and soft drinks. The loss brought a little toll on the tribe but quickly turned around in the immunity challenge and won, sending the Nuku tribe to tribal council. Even if you don’t watch Survivor, watch this clip below and see one of the most emotional, vicious, and triumphant Tribal Council’s ever on the show.
Without a doubt, Jeff Varner crossed the line last night outing Zeke as transgender. On one side, I can see his position that he was on the bottom (after the Sandra vote) and he was willing to say and do anything to save his butt. But, he definitely played with Zeke’s life saying that keeping that from the tribe was him being deceptive. It was so wrong. Period. I’m not defending Varner on what he did but this game definitely pushes the person to cross boundaries that they wouldn’t do outside the game. I believe that Russel Hantz wouldn’t even pull a stunt like Jeff did. Watching this game for 34 seasons now, I can get a little grasp on what is going through the player’s minds when they are on the beach. They could go out there and draw a line in the sand and say “I won’t cross this line.” But, when they are in the middle of the game, they will continuously flirt around the line, lie and deceive but the game will catch up to them and will go way over and beyond the line. Varner did that last night. I believe that Jeff was sincere when he apologized because he let the game catch up to him and didn’t realize that someone being trans is a serious topic that no one is comfortable talking about it. Jeff obviously didn’t realize that he’s playing in a game with people, who have real lives outside of the game. When he brought the up, he definitely angered the LGBTQ community and millions of other viewers. Varner dug his own grave, and was sent home, and probably won’t play another day of Survivor anymore.
I was so impressed and inspired on how Zeke handled the situation last night. I could tell that he was hurt when Jeff brought it up. But, it was his speech and demeanor that captivated me. I loved Zeke from last season when he played on Millennials vs Gen X. I loved that he doesn’t let the title of “transgender” defy who he is. I have a best friend and several others that I know who are trans, gay and lesbian and I love them all to death. Zeke is amazing, and I think the night at tribal council last night, everyone forgot about the game and was there for each other. The support from Andrea, Debbie, Tai and Sarah was awesome. Zeke was and will always be a strong, poised, and a great human being in my eyes. I definitely will be rooting for Zeke to win this entire game. Not just for what happened last night, but he carries himself so well and he’s a great individual.
Next week, the merge is finally here! The scramble for a position in power will happen. This is where the game truly begins!