People’s Survivor Blog- A Very Special Blog Post

I often use these blogs to recognize terribleness, but today I’m going to do something a little different: recognize terribleness. But differently.

John is a nerd on the internet who has never been on Survivor, but has been podcasting about Survivor since 2013. This season, in The People’s Survivor blog, he will blog about his experiences as a Survivor viewer. Follow John on Twitter @purplerockjohn.

“You can quit, or you can wait and go home in two days, or you can jump in the fire.” – Mike Skupin, talking to a mirror in Survivor: The Australian Outback

This site has dealt with a lot of weighty issues this season. It’s not necessarily discussions we wanted to get into; we’d prefer the show was just goofy fun for us all to laugh and enjoy. But when you have a site to discuss Survivor, you discuss the issues that Survivor brings up- even if those things are difficult to talk about.

Unfortunately, despite my best efforts to try to make this a fun season of talking about the magnificence of Troy’s trouser snake, another serious topic has come up and cast a shadow over this season- like the long shadow cast by Troy’s unfathomably large hog. And once again, we’re not going to just pretend everything in the world is ok and ignore important societal issues that this show brings to light.

You see, some Survivor fans out there are just mean. I want to be clear here: not all Survivor fans are mean! You, dear reader, seem like a wonderful person. But there are some fans that ignore the fact that these players are real human beings with real emotions and real manicures. And those fans use their words to make hurtful comments and jokes.

Thankfully, those of us with good hearts have a champion now. We have someone that is willing to say, “You guys! Hey! Let’s, like, stop the bullying.”

I’m talking, of course, about Sierra Dawn Thomas.

Sierra isn’t taking this topic lightly. She is standing up to the scourge of bullying in a very powerful way: by sitting down, bobbing her head, putting on her sassiest voice, and recording a Facebook video.

I didn’t realize it when this season began, amidst all the hype of Sierra Dawn Thomas finally returning to Survivor, but she really is the perfect spokesperson for this cause. Think about it: Sierra would never associate with people that are insensitive

He can’t be insensitive. He was adopted.

or people that belittle others, or spout hateful ideas.

I’m sure Rodney isn’t squatting because he’s short and wants to hide it. He’s squatting because it’s cool af, bro.

Sierra would never make another person feel like an outsider, or judge someone over something ridiculously petty.

She’s uniquely positioned to throw stones on this topic, because she’s proven that she does not tolerate those that are hurtful towards others.

Sierra’s Facebook video proves that she’s the type of person that will bring passion and gravitas to the very serious issue of bullying. She starts the video by including outtakes of her smiling, sighing, and scratching her head- clear signs that this message is not to be taken lightly. I’m so inspired by Sierra’s video that I want to do a deep dive into all the valuable insights she provides. Let’s begin, shall we?

Firstly, she notes that her friends and family feel like they need to defend her in this crazy time of her life. And I get it, because she’s been going through some rough times ever since she was outed as transgender on Surv– wait, that was someone else.

But whatever, she has a point to make here. After a sincere thank you to her friends and family, she bobs her head and says, “Ok, let’s get down to the nitty gritty,” as Abraham Lincoln once did before giving the Gettysburg Address.

“Can I be real with you for a minute? Four score and seven years…”

Sierra has been debating making this video “for a hot minute now”, and if it can help even one person who gets made fun of for the way they look, or the way they live- or even better, if it can help that one person that feels the need to make fun of someone, “this video is for you”. I couldn’t possibly have put it better myself. This video is indeed for you, people that feel the need to make fun of someone.

But at one minute in, Sierra makes clear why she need to make this video in the first place: “Survivor- Let’s talk about it. Holy macaroli!”. (Editor’s note: I’m just guessing at the spelling of macaroli, which I imagine is a hybrid of a macaron and a cannoli.)

Artist’s conception of a holy macaroli

Apparently, some people have been claiming that she should’ve known when signing up for Survivor that she might get criticized. She correctly points out that she didn’t sign up thinking, “Yes! I’m gonna get me some haters today!” Nor should she! When you play Survivor the way Sierra Dawn Thomas plays, you should be surprised that you get haters. Survivor can be a contentious game, and even the people that played Survivor with her last time didn’t have it in them to hate her.

“So,” Sierra says, “about the critics and all of the hate- you guys, I don’t get it. I’ve never gotten it my whole life.”

“Not even after I wore this shirt that says END FAMILY on it.”

“People like to criticize me,” she continues, “Like, let’s get into it!” Ok, here we go, everyone! I’ve heard that some Survivor sites may have said some things about her that aren’t very nice, so I’m sure she’ll address the criticisms of those jerks and prove them all wrong. Give it to us, Sierra- what have these awful bullies been saying about you?

  • “Sierra, you’re so tall and look so gross on Survivor.”

Ouch. That one cuts to the bone. I can’t think of anyone in recent history that had to endure criticism about her appearance while on Survivor and did it in a good-natured way that demonstrated justifiable self-confidence in her appearance.

  • “Second of all, let’s talk about those blue nails on this season! The last thing on my little mind was ‘I need to take my nail polish off so I don’t get made fun of.'” (Editor’s note: This is punctuated with a second “holy macaroli”, in order to convey just how vicious this attack was.)

People are such jerks, you guys. I’ve been around the internet long enough to have seen some pretty awful insults. But “Your nails still look great after three weeks on an island” is pretty low, even for internet trolls. Have you no shame?

  • “Third: Sierra hangs out with a lot of guys. I bet she hooks up with all of them.”

Ok, that is disgusting. What is with this kind of locker room talk, people? Are you running for president or something?

  • “Oh, this one is good! Do you see the way that Sierra kisses her horses? Eww. She’s such a slut.”

Wait, what? (Editor’s note: The above was a real, actual quote. Verbatim. 4 minutes in. You can watch it yourself.)

Ridiculous. That’s barely even getting to first base! This slut-shaming stuff has to stop, you guys.

But the important takeaway from all of this is that Sierra isn’t going to let you haters get her down! “Before going on this season,” she says, “I made a promise to myself that I would enjoy every single minute of it. And I’m following through with that promise.”

Sierra isn’t going to let you rain on her parade! She’s not going to let you bother her to the point where she makes a video to tell you how you bothered her, while simultaneously telling you that she’s not bothered by you!

“Honestly, talk crap about me,” she says. “It’s fine.”

Wait. Did we just get permission…?

More from the Fan Favorite: “I’m making this video for the people that get made fun of, and possibly for the people that are doing the bullying.” Yeah! I hope no one tries to suggest that she was fishing for sympathy over some incredibly ridiculous and minor “hate”, because that would be rude and just plain wrong!

“The world is already full of critics, we need some supporters out here! Real talk!”

Real. Talk.

It’s time to wrap things up, so Sierra drives home her point with a killer closing statement: “Being rude isn’t cute, and it surely doesn’t make you cool.”

Preach, sister. You are never going to get any love from Sierra by treating people disrespectfully.

If I were rude, I’d comment on how 5’1″ of human is carrying 6’1″ of human. But I’m not rude.

In honor of Sierra’s bold stance against bullying and bullies, this Dead Fishy goes out to those terrible people who use the internet as a place to make jokes about people that have great nails, people that are slutty with horses(?), and- for good measure- people that make fun of Troy’s monstrous dong. Enjoy your trophy, assholes!

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95 thoughts on “People’s Survivor Blog- A Very Special Blog Post

    1. Maybe the woman in pink is cool. I never have decided if pictures of Will smiling in his Bullies shirt is…funny? It’s definitely something!

      1. Dan’s shirt is worse, in that it really underscores his total sense of unearned entitlement.

        1. I appreciate that you guys are catching this, since I now feel justified in hunting for the perfect pictures.

  1. I can no longer see someone record a confessional video in their car without thinking of Dan Quinn.

  2. I clicked on the video and saw the run time. “7 minutes?! Fuuuuuuuck no,” I said while x-ing out of it after one second. “I’m sure John will give me a ‘best of’ below anyway.”
    So, thank you for that, as it felt like you did the work for me.

  3. I don’t care enough to have any input on FFSDT. Instead I’ll talk about myself. I’m going to Toronto tonight for vacation/Big Brother Canada finale (way better the US version) and am super excited. Unfortunately, I will not be on the site for the rest of the week after today. Hopefully, I’ll meet a lot of players and I’ll share pics.

    1. No one tell Denzel that we get the internet up here in Canada. Even on our phones!

      1. I know about the internet. I just won’t be watching Survivor until I get back and don’t want to get spoiled.

      2. I had to watch an episode of Hannibal season 3 in Canada, and my takeaway was that the only product Canadian tv advertises is Justin Trudeau.

          1. I don’t think I ever saw a commercial for Tim Horton’s, although I was in BC, and I don’t think I even saw a Tim Horton’s while I was there.

            I had their coffee once when I was in Niagara Falls (NY) for a wedding, and my reaction was “this isn’t good. It’s not actively bad like Starbucks or Einstein Brothers’, but it’s also not good.”

          2. I live in the confluence of both TH and DD regions. It’s insane how many places to get shitty coffee there are.

            (I prefer shitty to real coffee)

          3. Dunkin’ Donuts is perfectly fine. If I have to get fast food coffee it’s my go to.

          4. I agree. As the resident ‘science asshole’ I went down the coffee rabbit hole and tried all sorts of types. Changed beans, different grinds, different types of heating, etc.

            What I found is that I prefer shitty pre-ground grocery store coffee in a Mr. Coffee. Dunkin/McD coffee can be burned and that sucks, but otherwise is also great.

          5. I have an expensive Japanese hand-crank grinder, buy my beans from small local shops, and use a french press. But sometimes I’m on the road and need coffee, and in those moments I look for a Dunkin Donuts.

          6. Starbucks tastes like the coffee has been through a forest fire, and I love it.

            Chain coffees, ranked (note that I am Floridian and drink primarily iced coffee):
            1. Philz
            2. Starbucks
            3. Chick-Fil-A (cold brew!)
            4. The Double Ds
            5. McD/Tim Horton

          7. I saw they are opening a Tim Horton’s at the Hockey Hall of Fame and was stunned that that was not already a thing.

          8. That true story commercial of the dog that goes through the Tim’s drive through every day for his owner was my favorite.

        1. If you come to Canada and watch one of our channels and you don’t see a Canada Heritage Minute commercials, then you haven’t gotten the full Canadian TV experience.

      3. You do? That was the only thing stopping me from heading over the border. Be there in an hour.

    2. Have fun! I hope I won’t get spoiled on a winner, cAuse I’m only halfway in BBCAN4, so there is no chance I will see it live-ish (and I unfortunately got spoileD by SOMEONE on this site, on what the final 3 is*). I still hAve to giddy up, and finish them to return to my norMal watching of old TAR and BBUS seasons. But once again have fun, and I hope your favourite wins (unless they won’t be my favourite of course).

      *I’m not actually mad, no one is obliged to think of someone who may actually don’t know about some show if they’re not watching up to date.

        1. Great! Just don’t get your hopes up too much, that way his/her win will be more satisfying, and if they won’t win, you won’t get crushed.

    3. I just got home from Toronto yesterday. The aquarium is cool and you can hold cleaner shrimp. I went 3-4 in my Pokémon competition, but Sharcules the Garchomp was an absolute monster.

      1. Yes, stock up on Coffee Crisp and Aero bars. I lost my main source when I dumped my Canadian boyfriend, and I regret it. (Losing the chocolate, not the boyfriend.)

  4. I just can’t get over the idea that her ideal spot for making this video that’s been on her mind is… in her car?

    What am I too old to understand here, youths?

    1. Not a youth, but this is what I’ve got:

      + Privacy.
      + Able to easily check makeup beforehand.
      + Lightning. The shadowing and reflection from mirrors can almost act like a closed studio.
      + The “I don’t care” mentality; by being in a car you imply that you are either going to or coming from somewhere more important and this is just a little thing you had to get out of the way.

      I might have taken your question too seriously.

      1. “Able to easily check makeup beforehand”
        In theory I guess…she looked like JonBenet Ramsay with that hair/makeup. Was she on her way to compete in the Miss American Diamonds pageant??

  5. Even though these posts are meant to poke fun, I still feel the need be defensive so I will just say a few nice words about Sierra: she kind of reminds me of Figgy in her video.

  6. Frankly, I’m a little insulted to run a website that published an article that basically called her a racist, and she decides to go after people on the internet that call her tall or talk about her nails.

  7. I haven’t kept up with comments very well in the past few days, but did anyone else catch the PRP shout out in the RHAP voicemails podcast? That’s the second time this season!

      1. Way at the end (around the 1hr 52min mark) Myles Nye name checked “Emily from PurpleRockPodcast” for correctly answering a Survivor trivia question on Twitter 😀

        1. It was actually in person! Myles lives in my neighborhood so we’ve watched Survivor together a few times.

  8. As someone who has spent most of this season commenting on her nails, let me just say I am impressed by how well they held up, but girl was clearly not opening coconuts. I can’t even make nail polish last opening envelopes.

    1. She supposedly did say in her exit interview in on RHAP, that she didn’t eat the coconuts cause they were making her sick.

      1. I saw that in another interview, but I think that’s just when coconuts were the only thing they were eating, having run out of rice.

  9. As we know, Worlds Apart and Game-Changers may well become seasons defined not by their charming characters or strategic dynamism but by their heinous acts of bullying. I’m glad this blog and this video privileges the voice of the person directly impacted by the horrendous behavior on these seasons.

    For too long the problems of tall blonde people with immaculate nails have been overshadowed by flashier social justice issues. Thank you Sierra for exposing this oversight and thank you John for widening her platform.

  10. I tried to hate-watch this and I just… couldn’t. I didn’t even make it to 30 seconds. If this is Sierra trying to be entertaining and interesting, I’m more baffled than ever by how she made it on the show even once.

    However, I do want to know where she came across the horse slut comment. Was it a sarcastic joke? Was it a horsesex-obsessed weirdo? Did she build some kind of weird, elaborate strawman based on a few scattered comments from ‘people on the internet’? I’m just baffled.

    1. If she built that as a strawman, that’s even more impressive than any wild argument Andy has ever dreamed up.

        1. I think how it works is when I’m attacking an opinion you disagree with, then it’s all good. When I’m attacking an opinion you do, it’s all strawmen.

          1. I enjoy breaking your balls, but to be fair, I’d be way worse if I had a podcast.

    2. I watched this a couple weeks ago, because the article it was in mentioned she talks about her nails, and I was curious as to what kind of polish she used. I made it through the kissing her horses thing.

    3. Literally my opinion when I tried was “somebody watched this girl talk into a camera and decided she NEEDED to be on TV”.

      1. I understand doing it once under the rationale that she might turn out to be exciting in challenges. But twice? I know she was a last minute replacement, but seriously, was there no one else?

        1. Yeah, the last minute thing doesn’t forgive the fact that she was interviewed for the season in the first place.

  11. LOL! I love that video its so ridiculous that its funny. I don’t dislike her actually I just think she might be a bit clueless.

    1. I don’t dislike her either. I have almost no opinion about her whatsoever, and never would have written about her (or probably thought about her again) if she hadn’t made this video.

  12. OK, I’m trying to slog my way through this thing because I am bored, and apparently hate myself. I just got to the part where she accused bullies of making people question their own existence, which is no kind of bully I’ve ever heard of. She may be confusing internet trolls with freshman Philosophy majors.

  13. I’m just going to sit in the corner and rock and pretend that Worlds Apart never happened. I certainly did not need to see those leaky, prolapsed-colon excuses for humans on social media.

  14. Everyone’s favorite adoptee is wearing a shirt that says “I’m sorry if I offended you with my common sense.”
    What a gem.

  15. This video is harder to watch than Baylor’s “We’ll just show up” tour announcement. That upward inflection is killing me. Sierra might be slightly unintelligent and materialistic but at least she’s doing her best to end families around the world and that is a cause I can get behind.

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