Mark Burnett “didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock.”

Mark Burnett “didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock.”
Why did we not see Ami kiss her girlfriend Crissy, or Scout kiss her partner Annie, during last week’s Survivor Vanuatu episode? Executive producer Mark Burnett tells Entertainment Weekly that it was his conscious decision to cut those images, a decision that he blames on the election, the FCC, and the show’s time slot. He said,

“I’d be an idiot not to notice both the way the country voted and the backlash from the FCC that came off of Janet Jackson’s [Super Bowl debacle]. I wanted to protect my franchise and didn’t think it was right to show both lesbian kisses at 8 o’clock. I can’t be any more honest than that, can I?”

Clearly, British expatriate Burnett still doesn’t quite understand the United States, as those small-minded prigs he’s worried about offending are perfectly fine with hot lesbian kisses; it’s a male-male kiss that would send them into convulsions, especially if it turned them on.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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