Last night was the season finale of Survivor 32: Kaoh Rong. It goes without saying that there are SPOILERS BELOW!!!
SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!
There are a lot of things to talk about, like Neal getting voted off of the jury (which I hated, not because he would’ve voted for my preferred winner and probably given an obnoxious Spencer-style speech to stump for her, but because after sitting on a beach starving and dealing with gross infections for weeks, and then spending two weeks waiting at Ponderosa and attending every TC, he was stripped of his ability to participate in the most important part of Survivor), or whatever the fuck happened at the reunion (Cydney went out making fire and they didn’t talk to her???), but what I really want to talk about is this jury.
This whiny, crybaby, manbaby jury. I don’t fault Julia or Nick* for voting for Michele, who was pretty tightly aligned with both of them at one point or another. I don’t even particularly blame Cydney for voting for one of her allies over another, since she was tight with both Michele and Aubry.
I blame Scot and Jason, who both praised Aubry for her fight and her game, and then somehow convinced themselves that Michele was a bigger warrior than Aubry?
When it comes down to it, I think this was sexism. I think Scot and Jason could not handle being beat by a nerdy woman who took them down, so they voted instead for what they saw as a palatable alternative: a pretty girl who was so out of the loop she didn’t even have the opportunity to vote them out.
I think that had Neal stayed in, Aubry would have gone home that night. Imagine Neal playing the same game as Aubry, and ending up at FTC with Tai and Michele. Would Scot and Jason have voted for him out of respect? Of course, it’s hard to play “what if,” but I have a much easier time believing this.
Kass said it best: “If I were a man and I made all the moves I made, I would be strategic. But because I’m a woman, I’m a bitch.”
*ETA: Michele revealed in her RHAP interview that Nick was Aubry’s second vote, not Debbie. Much respect, Nick!