Inside That Shocking 'Survivor' Tribal
Like many of you, my jaw spent most of last night's Survivor firmly on the floor as Colton's sudden rise to power resulted in one of the most shocking Survivor moments ever after the men's tribe won immunity but gave it away in order to go to Tribal Council and vote out one of their own.
Although this is pretty much akin to throwing a challenge, so that's not why I was so shocked. What sent me reeling was the fireside face-off between Colton and Bill. A fight that covered everything from professional drive to race relations and ethics.
For those of you who missed it, watch the Tribal Council below and then keep reading to get Bill's take on the whole affair!
I caught up with Bill this morning and asked the question on everyone's mind: Do You Think Colton Is Racist?
"I don't think racism has anything to do with it," he tells Insider.com. "I think it's ignorance and inexperience. Colton's led a sheltered life. I don't think he realizes how blessed he is to have this life. Most people who grow up gay in America get picked on and from that, they develop compassion and empathy – he would have empathy for someone who isn't as well off if he went through those things because he would know what it would feel like to be hurt. I don't think he's ever experienced that."
That said, what does Bill think of Colton's game play? "He's playing to be the biggest villain in the world. The only issue is he's an ignorant person. We've seen villains like Russell play – he plays a game, he doesn't call people munchkins and tell me to kill myself because I'm poor. It's one thing to be back-stabbed, it's another to get called ghetto trash. That's crossing the line over villain and into hurting people."
"I can see that he's playing a game, but in real life, he's an ignorant, sheltered, spoiled brat who is capable of change. Without completely playing the martyr, I hope that he sees this show and questions how he should change his life."
Yes, that's right -- Bill actually has empathy for Colton and says that when they meet again at the reunion, their next face-off won't be as tense. "When I see Colton, I'll say, 'Hey Bro ... If you're gonna go on national TV and represent gays, represent republicans and represent the south, you need to know that your actions have relevance. Playing a game is one thing but verbally abusing people is something else. I have no hate in my heart for him – I forgive him and I want the world to know I don't think he's racist. I'm not Phillip. I just think he's inexperienced and I hope this forces him to open his mind and his heart."
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.