CBS Promises Reality Shows Big Brother and Survivor Will Feature a 50% Minority Cast

CBS has made a pledge to feature diverse casts on all of the network’s upcoming reality shows, including anchor series Survivor, which has come under fire for lacking inclusiveness.

George Cheeks, the CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, announced the new mandate on Monday.  “The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” he said.

Viewers should expect long-running Survivor, fan favorite Big Brother, and recent hit Love Island, to feature casts that are made up of at least 50% minorities in the upcoming 2021-22 television season. 

“As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our network,” Cheeks remarked. 

The policy change comes on the heels of controversy over lack of diversity and racial issues that have plagued the network over the last few years. In 2017, CBS came under fire for releasing a fall lineup that starred primarily white men. 

In 2019, minority contestants were seemingly targeted by white competitors, endured “degrading and threatening comments,” and dealt with a producer that was reprimanded for his racist actions with “unconscious bias training.” 

During the summer, former Survivor contestants Sean Rector and Jolanda Jones formed The Black Survivor Alliance, and held meetings with host Jeff Probst and CBS executives with the aim of “”bringing light to our collective experience with implicit bias and racism on and off the show.”

The Black contestants of Survivor spoke out in and interview series about the racism and bias they endured while filming, and how it played out through editing choices on the show.  

“Many people do not realize the impacts that [diversity] has on the game. When you truly diversify the cast (and I don’t mean just a sprinkle of each race in every season),” said Survivor: Edge of Extinction’s Julia Carter. “You even the playing field and allow every castaway a real opportunity to connect with more individuals, find allies, and win the game.”

Survivor: Cagayan’s J’Tia Taylor remarked, “lazy, crazy, workhorse, and sidekick are the typical ways that Survivor portrays African Americans, which is disproportionally negative.”

CBS announced that it will allocate 25% of development funds to projects created by minorities, and has a goal of staffing writer’s rooms with a staff that is 50% Black, indigenous, and people of color by 2022.

 

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cotrunospa
cotrunospa
9 days ago

fdg fgrt bbvc ttry55

Vester
Vester
8 days ago

Why? When minorities make up less than 30% of the population and blacks only 13%. This will cause greater divisiveness between whites and minorities. Of course, maybe that is the plan.

Terry
8 days ago
Reply to  Vester

I don’t think the Network understands Math!! I have no problem with different races, but let’s be fair.

Jim Korn
Jim Korn
8 days ago
Reply to  Terry

Welcome to the “New Math!”

IScream2
8 days ago
Reply to  Terry

Perhaps the NFL and NBA should be more inclusive of white players….This whole thing is ridiculous. The “woke” crowd wants us to be colorblind by constantly throwing race in our face….

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
8 days ago
Reply to  IScream2

OBUMMERS dream come true!
He’s probably gonna be the new president.

Jim Korn
Jim Korn
8 days ago
Reply to  Vester

Yes!

blondie
blondie
8 days ago
Reply to  Vester

Of course, that is the plan. Look around you & carefully, watch everything that is happening. White’s are required to be educated, experienced & the best at anything they wish to be involved in. Blacks show up, inexperienced, always pushing the race card, therefore, no requirements, except be black. They get whatever they want with ZERO effort & then put the hard working white people with integrity & honor, through living racism hell. I wish it could happen that all white’s just go to another place & let the blacks run everything. You could see the results of their lack of work ethics & America would be the poorest place on earth. The blacks have self trained themselves into these positions, with RACISM accusations. It’s easier to holler RACISM & get what you want, rather then have some integrity & work by honor to get what you want. This will enhance the white’s opportunities to get themselves self employed, starting their own businesses. Blacks have no honor, no conscious & no self discipline – except for maybe 3%. Black host Candace Owens will tell you the same thing I’m telling you. Read her book on “Black Out”…

dinkus
dinkus
8 days ago
Reply to  Vester

Propaganda and brainwashing the American people, as in the last four years. GET THE PHONE NUMBERS AND CALL THEM UP IF YOU DISAPPROVE. I have made many calls already and will make many more..Boycott this BS.

Bernie 99
Bernie 99
8 days ago

Sounds a lot like discrimination against white people.

Terry
8 days ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

EXACTLY 😲

Jim Korn
Jim Korn
8 days ago
Reply to  Bernie 99

Indeed.

Dale Brown
8 days ago

Can’t wait till they take over your jobs in management as well. Looking forward to your humbleness. Lol

Stephane
8 days ago

50% minority?????
None of the minorities put together make up 50% of the population of the US.
Those a..holes are really bowing to the STUPID blms and other stupids.

cher
cher
8 days ago

tha’ts when i stop watching their shows

marteremall
marteremall
8 days ago

what’s cbs$

JohnL
JohnL
8 days ago

An industry that depends on hiring the best talent is throwing that away to apply racial formulas to their hiring? Good luck with that!

Neta Rice
Neta Rice
8 days ago
Reply to  JohnL

This has been going on in government jobs for many years. No one is hired on ability and knowledge of the job. It’s all based on numbers. Some of the people hired with “special” treatment actual make something of themselves, but sadly most don’t. They know they don’t have to perform so they don’t. They get promoted using the same excuse that got them hired in the first place. Pretty soon you have non functioning people in supervisory positions.

Dan
Dan
8 days ago
Reply to  Neta Rice

Back in 1972 I could not get a federal government job unless women and minorities had filled the quota.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
8 days ago

Who cares? Don’t watch any of those shows and very little TV at that.

stevo
stevo
8 days ago

who watches that crap anyways?

BIGJIM613
8 days ago

You people are really sick. I have never watched any of these shows and never will. I quit SVU as soon as the new season started with the bullshit that Oliva was racist. There is nothing more racist that the Hollywood Sickos and the sport teams. Never watch any of them any more. You shove the mixed race couples down our throats, the gays, the transgender and all of the other bullshit like blm, antifa, and all the lies the suppose news station tells us. Well enjoy the next 4 years you idiots.

Ervin D Toney
Ervin D Toney
8 days ago

have never watched either show,never will

OldestSeaDog
OldestSeaDog
8 days ago

I DON’T REALLY CARE, CBS NETWORK IS A COMMUNIST RAN AND OWNED NETWORK…tune in to that network at your own risk.

OldestSeaDog
OldestSeaDog
8 days ago

Tell me something, isn’t it ONLY in communist countries where the minority rule?
When did America become a communist country?

Rob
Rob
7 days ago

Just when you thought stupidity had limits

RealityShowsAreStupid
RealityShowsAreStupid
5 days ago

I watched most of the first season of survivor, a little of the second. When it occurred to me it was an immoral show, what with all the participants scheming against one another, totally against what would really be required to survive in the wilderness, I stopped watching. If we all stopped watching it wouldn’t matter what the show’s diversity makeup was, it would be off the air and the creators, producers, who support this crap would be looking for a new opportunity.

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