According to Parade, In June 2019, inspired by the events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement and discussions around anti-racist practices, a group of Black Survivor alumni spoke up about their experiences and difficulties they faced as minorities on the show. Known as the “Soul Survivors Organization” and consisting of contestants from seasons 1 to 40, they released a widely-circulated petition that calls upon the show to institute several anti-racist initiatives, including casting BIPOC for at least 30% of each cast, hiring more BIPOC as part of the crew, and actively supporting the cast, including mental health resources following the season.
As a result of the initiative, CBS announced in November 2020 that it would be instituting new rules for its unscripted shows in the pursuit of increased diversity. That includes a requirement for at least 50% of every show’s cast to be contestants who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as allocating a minimum of 25% of its annual unscripted development budget to projects created or co-created by BIPOC producers..
Since then the show has seen a nice amount of POC cast members and even winners thus making the show more entertaining.
He ratings for the series soared during Season 42 seeing mainly increases every episode and the show even seen its second Black woman winner!
The change made by CBS was one that all reality shows should follow. More diversity makes reality and competition series better and that’s nothing but a fact.
What are you thoughts on the change?