Surviving contestant Parvati Shallow recently put the show in the spotlight for forcing contestants to compete in their underwear, a change that has proven controversial among both her fans and alumni.
Shallow slam Survivor Production for the dress code: “Give them a little dignity”
About his last appearance on Rob Cesternino’s show Rob has a podcast, Shallow came to discuss the new season of the series, Survivor 41, but ended up sharing a lot more than just his thoughts on the most recent episode.
While discussing the most recent changes to the show’s new season, Shallow stepped back to contrast how the show now showed cameramen, but contestants were still shown in their underwear. She explained:
People are still in their underwear. So I’m sorry, but one of those things has to go. People need to have swimsuits, or they need to keep the cameramen behind the scenes.
Shallow, who participated in season 40: Winners in the war, claimed that the production had also forced her to wear underwear while filming this season, despite not having had to do so in the other seasons she was involved in. “I fought a lot,” she said. “I was like, ‘I just had a baby. I can’t be here in my underwear. I’m like a mom now. I need a swimsuit ‘.
Fans of the show seem to support Shallow. One Reddit user said, “Do you think if there was a former cast member that production could listen to about this issue, Parvati is the one. Well done to her for talking about it because it is a rule that must change.
Another popular comment read: “Go Parv, go !! I really hope they get swimwear next season.
Shallow wasn’t the only contestant to express his outrage at the new rule. Elaine Stott, a candidate for season 39: The island of idols, explained to Insider in a June 2021 interview that when choosing her wardrobe, the production insisted she wear “shorter panties that I would never wear.” She pushed back, but finally agreed when the production allowed her to bring her favorite hat to the island as a compromise: “I said, ‘Look, I’ll do whatever you want me to do, I’ll do whatever you want me to do. I do not care. I just have to take my hat off, ”she said.
Stott was one of the few who was allowed to change her underwear at the end of the season, however, since the pair she had started wearing no longer fit her at the end of her time on the island. . She explained, “My a ** was hanging out and I see the challenge of the family visit coming up, and I was like, ‘I have to have new panties, you know? “”
Karishma Patel, another candidate for The island of idols, expressed similar concerns to Insider:
Whatever you wear is all we had. It was miserable. We were talking about it among ourselves, and we think there has been a push to make us look more like castaways.
She went on to explain how outfit production required her to physically wear and how she would be “eaten alive” by insects while waiting for her only pair of pants to dry.
New rule change comes among other changes to the show
It has always been true that all clothing worn by competitors must be production approved; however, according to Insider, competitors are no longer allowed to wear swimsuits starting in Season 37: David vs. Goliath, which aired in late 2018. The reason for this rule change is unclear, although it comes in the context of other changes to the show, intended to increase safety and diversity among players.
After the very first player was kicked from the game due to allegations of sexual harassment in Season 39, new protocols to prevent such an event from happening again were put in place starting in the season. 41. In addition, around the same time, CBS committed to making Survivor and Big Brother the casts are made up of 50 percent people of color.
The new wardrobe rule, which received less publicity, has not had such a positive reaction among fans. Cesternino himself mentioned that the decision led to “a lot of not so good press”.
One Reddit user, referring to Shallow’s comment on giving candidates dignity, said, “It’s not even just that, it can cause health issues.”
Dr Premal Patel, a urologist, told Insider that such an “unhygienic type of clothing” could indeed lead to health risks, including potential urinary tract infections. In fact, several contestants, including Karishma Patel, have publicly admitted receiving UTIs during or after their appearance on the show. As of yet, it’s unclear whether CBS will reverse the rule for seasons to come.
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