Originally Posted by Hughmc
Something isn't right...although he does seem questionable...it seems the producers played up what was there into something way more...this season more than any seemed about political correctness in our current society...and made points with several issues, not just the DAn incident. It was pretentious...like the rest of the drama, they create when editing/scripting. And yes I am going there making this analogy but not in terms of hierarchal moral equivalence, just the drama related,...it is like the challenges when Jeff over exaggerates and amplifies rhetoric because if he didn't without editing...wow...zzzzzzzzzz. I get the point of not minimizing the impact of what took place because it is personal for me, but I also get the point of over maximizing events which is what Survivor tries to do more than anything else
I don’t think this is the kind of drama CBS wants to play up. They’d probably want to sweep it up under the rug and pay off the parties involved to keep it hidden. But most of it was caught on video and then they had to remove him from the game, so they had no choice but to air it and try to make themselves look like they were addressing the problem. And you could see that they did that at the beginning. Kellee told Dan that she didn’t like him touching her and the problem seemed to go away because Dan kept his distance and then the tribe swap kept them apart. But Dan still kept up his uninvited touches with the other women. They grinned and beared it because they weren’t as sensitive to it as Kellee or they didn’t want to make a commotion or whatever, but they showed a scene at night where he was “snuggling” up to one of the women and she tried to shift away from him.
Then after the merge, he went back to being too familiar with Kellee and that’s when the producers half heartedly stepped in and issued vague warnings. I read somewhere that the way that they spoke to the other cast members was so generic, most of them didn’t know what was going on. Even if the “last straw” incident with the crew member was an accident, it’s apparent that people were feeling uncomfortable around him to the point where they had to remove him for everyone’s sake. Remember that we only see snippets of the 39 days that they are on the island. Crew members are with the castaways 24 hours a day and see everything going on.
Do you think CBS would risk a highly public lawsuit from Dan just for a ratings bump for one season? And keep in mind that Dan is not some pig farmer from Hicksville, USA. He is in the entertainment industry, so he has the connections and resources to make CBS’ life miserable.
It’s clear that Kellee’s first complaints were viewed as her own neurotic phobias to germs and close contact, and she chose to handle it between Dan and herself plus none of the other women complained so production felt like they were off the hook. It wasn’t until D and K were back together at the merge and K still felt uncomfortable that they were forced to step in. The Survivor crew have seen everything in 20 years of the show and times have changed. They can no longer view complaints as just someone being hysterical or overly sensitive. Is it going to be acceptable for someone to parade around camp naked all the time to explicitly make people uncomfortable?
The one I feel bad for is Dan’s son. He has to go to school and face his classmates after all this.