The Bachelor had its reckoning, will Survivor follow suit? A new initiative is underway calling on CBS to improve portrayals of and expand the inclusion of Black and Indigenous people of color (BIPOC) on the long-running reality series.
The petition was created by former Survivor contestants J’Tia Hart and Brice Izyah. Wendell Holland, winner of Survivor: Ghost Island, is also backing the call to action, as are a number of other veterans of the show. The petition calls for a number of steps for Survivor to take, including casting at least 30 percent of contestants on each season to be BIPOC, equitable screen time and promotion events for BIPOC, mental health resource geared to helping BIPOC cast members navigate their experience on the show, hiring more BIPOC in all parts of production and zero tolerance policy toward racism.