The Most Mistreated Contestants in Survivor History

Was last week’s episode not unpleasant enough for you? Well I’m here to make it worse! Here’s just a small sampling of other mistreated Survivor contestants, in no particular order because ranking others’ misfortunes would be icky.

Anthony Robinson – Fiji

A real man wouldn't let his torch get snuffed by another man
A real man wouldn’t let his torch get snuffed by another man

Like the majority of bullied men, Anthony was made fun of (usually by Rocky) for not fitting into their definition of masculinity. A self-described geek before that was as socially acceptable, Anthony cried in a confessional and did not fit in with the more athletic men after the tribe swap. Rocky once told him to “take the skirt off and man up,” and called him a “little girl.” Hmm, interesting how most of those insults imply that Anthony is womanly. We all know that feminine traits are negative, right?

The worst part is, when this was brought up at tribal council and Rocky insisted that he was just trying to help Anthony, Probst took Rocky’s side! I guess we know who wins the battle between alpha-loving Jeff and wannabe therapist Jeff.

Eliza Orlins – Vanuatu

Eliza, alone as usual
Eliza, alone as usual

Everyone except Ami seemed to find Eliza annoying in Vanuatu. It was never clear why everyone hated Eliza so much, but the assumption is that she was young (I hear young people are the worst) and talked too much. Twila and Scout, who were both old enough to know better, were the most rude to Eliza. At one point, Twila even refused to tell her where the tribe’s bananas were buried. Their treatment of her is especially rude when one considers they needed Eliza to help them flip the game on Ami and Leann. Scout and Twila were lucky that Eliza was desperate enough to go for it.

Christina Cha – One World

There's a more relevant gif that I just don't want on this blog, so I decided to be nice to you all instead. Here's Christina in a bikini.
There’s a more relevant gif that I just don’t want on this blog, so I decided to be nice to you all instead. Here’s Christina in a bikini.

I know I said I wouldn’t rank these, but the treatment of Christina might be the worst we’ve seen (until, if not including, last week). First she was outcast by the women for trying to organize a reasonable trade with the men (braided palm fronds for fire) and was continuously targeted and berated by Alicia. Then came the tribe swap. Christina was not only still stuck with Alicia, but also Survivor pond scum Colton. As a pair, Colton and Alicia were needlessly and constantly cruel to Christina. Colton told Christina she could “jump in the fire” because she didn’t matter to anyone, and in a scene not shown in an episode, Colton and Alicia went so far as to pull their eyes slanted and laugh at Christina, who is Asian-American. Of course, we had already learned that Colton was not adept at race relations.

Sierra Reed – Tocantins

Probably shortly after another Tyson insult
Probably shortly after another Tyson insult

Poor Sierra may have had one of the roughest starts to a Survivor season, still recovering from strep throat when the game began. Then, despite doing the “right” thing and building the tribe’s shelter instead of looking for the idol, she’s still seen as the outcast and Tyson’s favorite punching bag. I never understood just what Tyson’s problem with Sierra was, but boy did he dislike her. Nearly all of Tyson’s many, many insults in Tocantins were aimed towards Sierra, including the time he said everyone else on the show was his friend except her.

And let’s not forget how Coach and Debbie treated Sierra after she found herself on the bottom when Brendan was voted out. According to an exit interview, they made her sleep on the roof of the shelter without blankets after that tribal council. Finally, Coach and Debbie throw her under the bus by accusing her of lying, and when she calls them out in front of everyone for being the real liars, Coach claims she’s “playing without honor” and she gets voted out for causing drama. I bet Coach still thinks he played with 100% honesty.

I know there are other contestants who have been grossly mistreated or bullied, and unfortunately there will probably be more, despite the conversations Shirin’s treatment have started. However, writing this was enough of a bummer and I just can’t do something more exhaustive. As always, feel free to discuss further in the comments.

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  • Can’t believe you of all people decided to not write about Cochran.

    • Cochran said in his own exit interviews that he did not feel bullied, so it didn’t feel right to include him.

      • The bullies probably told him to say that, under threat of more bullying.

    • You disgust me!

  • Can’t believe you of all people decided to not write about Cochran.

    • Cochran said in his own exit interviews that he did not feel bullied, so it didn’t feel right to include him.

      • The bullies probably told him to say that, under threat of more bullying.

    • You disgust me!

  • Rob

    I’d definitely put Colton and Bill on the list. It didn’t last as long as the mistreatment of Christina, but only because he actually convinced his tribe to give up immunity in order to vote him out, firing off nasty racist attacks along the way.

  • Rob

    I’d definitely put Colton and Bill on the list. It didn’t last as long as the mistreatment of Christina, but only because he actually convinced his tribe to give up immunity in order to vote him out, firing off nasty racist attacks along the way.

  • gouis

    Christina brings up so many mixed emotions. She’s simultaneously one of the dumbest, most beautiful, and mistreated Survivors ever.

    • Other Scott

      I don’t know if Christina was actually dumb, or whether she was so mistreated she just got to the point that she wasn’t even going to try any more.

      Or she may have just had a crazy case of Stockholm Syndrome. Somehow Alicia became Christina’s closest ally in the last half of that game.

      • I personally think it was the “why bother trying?” factor, because she played hard in the very beginning and was immediately ostracized for it. She adapted, and it got her pretty far, all things considered.

    • Christina was treated horribly by Colton, especially considering how when Colton got sick she was the one that took care of him when she had every justification to ignore him and let him writhe in pain.

      She got her revenge however, when she became one of the few people to become more attractive the longer she was on the show.

  • gouis

    Christina brings up so many mixed emotions. She’s simultaneously one of the dumbest, most beautiful, and mistreated Survivors ever.

    • Other Scott

      I don’t know if Christina was actually dumb, or whether she was so mistreated she just got to the point that she wasn’t even going to try any more.

      Or she may have just had a crazy case of Stockholm Syndrome. Somehow Alicia became Christina’s closest ally in the last half of that game.

      • I personally think it was the “why bother trying?” factor, because she played hard in the very beginning and was immediately ostracized for it. She adapted, and it got her pretty far, all things considered.

    • Christina was treated horribly by Colton, especially considering how when Colton got sick she was the one that took care of him when she had every justification to ignore him and let him writhe in pain.

      She got her revenge however, when she became one of the few people to become more attractive the longer she was on the show.

  • No Chet? Come on!

    “I hit my head.”

    • Ogre Joel

      “I don’t care”

      • (with resignation) “I know.”

      • Cheers to you for taking the time to register an Ogre Joel account just for this comment. It was worth it.

      • I’d like to think that Ogre Joel registered this account years ago, never losing hope that it would eventually be relevant to use it, if only for a single post.

  • No Chet? Come on!

    “I hit my head.”

    • Ogre Joel

      “I don’t care”

      • (with resignation) “I know.”

      • Cheers to you for taking the time to register an Ogre Joel account just for this comment. It was worth it.

      • I’d like to think that Ogre Joel registered this account years ago, never losing hope that it would eventually be relevant to use it, if only for a single post.

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  • sharculese

    I was about to say “didn’t you do the same post last year,” and then looked at the time stamp.

  • tocantins

    I felt the same when I read “Christina might be the worst we’ve seen (until, if not including, last week),” and I was like, “Are they seriously saying that Alecia suffered the worst bully in Survivor history?” But then I checked the time, and I assume you meant Shirin in Worlds Apart.

  • Saturday Night Palsy

    I still laugh at that clip of Tyson. I’m a bad person.

  • Roswulf

    Well featured, well featured.

    Since this was last posted I watched Fiji, and the Rocky-Anthony thing is just fascinating. Rocky seems to genuinely believe the nonsense he spouts about providing the benefits of his wisdom to Anthony, toughening him up for the real world. But Anthony isn’t a callow, bright-eyed youth- he’s a 32 year old man who to all appearances has his shit together, being patronized to by a 28-year old bartender.

    Oh Fiji, so many wacky and disturbing racial dynamics, and so much everyone pretending they don’t exist.

  • giorgos

    I also found the “Everyone hates Sierra” very funny and I think it’s mostly because of the editing (and ok partly because i’m a horrible person). But her edit was way different than any other bullied girl on the show.

    Eliza had a lot of screentime in Vanuatu but 98% of it was her being annoying to her teammates and the viewers, so you could understand why everyone couldn’t stand her. Christina Cha didn’t do anything wrong besides being bad at the game of Survivor, she just became the innocent target of 2 repulsive bullies. Alecia’s edit this season was a combination of those two, plus her biggest bully was the Survivor producers, not Scott and Jason. I blame them more for putting her in the “Brawn” tribe for no reason. They set her up to be bullied, even if they didn’t do it intentionally.

    Sierra on the other hand was a totally different case. First of all her main bully was mean-snarky Tyson, who is the funniest version of Tyson, I couldn’t hate him because he was so entertaining even if it was great when he got his comeuppance by getting voted out before Sierra. Also her edit never gave us a reason for why everyone hated her so much. Maybe the way she rubbed people the wrong way didn’t translate to the screen or the editors really commited to the “everyone hates Sierra for no reason” running gag and cut all the annoying Sierra bits that would justify it. It was funny because she didn’t look at all like the bully-victim tybe. She wasn’t dorky or talked too much like Eliza or Shirin. She was young, athletic enough and really good looking. Exactly the kind of female contestant that most people would like to keep around. And yet everyone couldn’t stand her, both the heroes and the villains of the season. It was really funny.

    Or you know, I’m a really horrible person.