‘Survivor’ Player Booted By Jeff Probst For Outing Transgender Tribe Member

In what is probably the dumbest move in all of Survivor history, Game Changers contestant and longtime show player Jeff Varner used the last tribal council as a space where he thought it was totally ok and fine to out fellow tribe member Zeke Smith as transgender.
I just…this…no. Jeff. No. This was a bad idea.
Jeff, who obviously felt like he was about to be voted off the island after last week’s blindside elimination of Sandra, used everything in his inventory to try and paint Zeke as deceitful to the rest of the tribe, finally asking Zeke why he hadn’t come out as transgender to the others yet.
“There is deception here. Deceptions on levels Jeff that these guys don’t even understand,” Jeff said and looked over at Zeke.

“Why haven’t you told anyone that you’re transgender?”

I can’t even begin to explain why this is bad. It’s just all bad. You should never ever do this to someone else. Do not put someone who is already part of a very vulnerable community in this incredibly awkward situation. Ever. Do not do it.

This desperate grab at trying to paint Zeke as a deceitful and hiding truths didn’t work out for Jeff though, and after being yelled at by the entire tribe, Survivor host Jeff Probst made the executive decision to boot Varner off the show.
“We don’t need to vote, just grab your torch.”
Speaking to People Magazine, Zeke said that he is struggling to forgive Jeff for “giving in to his worst instincts in a dark moment”.

“In the moment, it felt like the right thing to do was accept his apology and say that we’d find a way to work it out, but I don’t really – I really struggle with forgiving him every day,” Zeke said to People.

“I’ve had to think a lot about what forgiveness is. Forgiveness is not forgetting what happened. It’s not excusing what happened. I don’t even think forgiveness means I have to be his friend — and I don’t think I ever will be his friend.”
Zeke also took to Twitter after the episode aired in the US, radiating positivity and light like the beautiful angel that he is.
So what have we learned today? Don’t be a dickhead and out others. Don’t do that. It’s shitty.
Source: E Online.
Photo: CBS.