Several days after Colton Cumbie’s behavior and offensive language spiraled out of control on “Survivor: One World,” the show’s villain seems to be trying to say that he is really not that much of a villain at all.
In a new series of posts on his Twitter page, Colton tries to apologize without really saying “I’m sorry” — and then dives into a rather lengthy explanation on why he said some the derogatory things that he did about Bill’s race and Leif’s dwarfism:
“Were my comments ignorant? YES! They were meant to be funny..I see they weren’t. Do I regret them? I’m torn. In a way, yes b/c it hurt ppl … but seeing myself act that way on television helps me to grow as a person b/c it’s uncomfortable and embarrassing for ME to watch. It’s kind of one of those situations where you you don’t really realize how you sound until it’s played back and you’re literally cringing.
“I seriously don’t hate anyone. I make fun of MYSELF..my sense of humor as always been kind sarcastic and somewhat critical. I call myself a “queen” as a joke. Am I a bigot? I don’t think so. I think I was a 20 year old brat who had never been out into the real world, and what I thought was funny and ok wasn’t. I’ve learned I can still be funny and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of some1 else. *pageant wave*”
So how do we take Colton’s comments? As he says, we are torn. We’ve seen and been through enough of this reality TV process to know that oftentimes you don’t process what you are saying when you saying it, and during interviews you are tired and being egged on by producers to get nasty about things that you really have no business talking about. However, the experience is akin to going to a party and having too much to drink — you’re still accountable for the decisions that you make, and you have to know when to stop. There’s only so many excuses that you can make for your behavior.
While we think Colton did the right thing by addressing the issue and saying that his comments were based in humor (which may be true, but we don’t know him personally and can thus cannot judge), he also seems to be saying that he only regrets saying what he did because it caused hurt feelings. Does this mean that he would make the same comments again so long as everyone laughed? There are so many variables you could throw in here on whether or not something is a joke or downright offensive — such as background, geography, and context. In Colton’s sphere of influence, he may have thought what he was saying was not that offensive — though to everyone else, it was like nails on a chalkboard and worthy of throwing tomatoes at the TV.
We do hope that Colton can take this show as a learning experience, and to see that you can still be a witty and sadistic villain in this game without dragging race or any other hot-button issue into it. If he had left out some of his remarks about Bill and Leif, we have a feeling our resident gay Republican (who surely has been discriminated himself at times in his life) would be one of the more popular castaways of the season. As it is, though, he is being talked about for all the wrong reasons.
What do you think of Colton’s explanation?