CBS unveiled the 18 new cast members for “Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water” on Wednesday. In addition to former Atlanta Braves baseball player (and homophobe) John Rocker and “Amazing Race” twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, this season’s cast will also feature gay couple Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield.
Josh Canfield is 32 and is an actor, singer and writer. During a pre-interview with CBS he was asked what 3 items he would want to have with him on the island. He responded: “1) Bible – the Scripture would help in dealing with difficult circumstances 2) Piano – so that I could write songs and sing. 3) iPod – life without music is just depressing.” Interesting.
Reed Kelly is from the Great White Way as well and the 31-year-old is a performer, model and aerialist. Just like his boyfriend, Reed was asked about what 3 items he would want to have on the island. He told them: “1) My Bible – because man cannot live by bread (or rice) alone. 2) My pillow – because it would be a super comfy piece of home and I perform better well rested. 3) A mirror – because sometimes as a dancer you have to be able to look at yourself in the eye and say “pull up and push through! You’re not actually that hungry.” I think this would work well for me as a Survivor castaway too.”
So they’re gay entertainers with a religious side. Where have we seen that recently on CBS? Oh, right…
We’ve seen gay contestants on “Survivor” before. There was even a gay couple during the original “Blood vs. Water” season last year, but that didn’t work out so well. Colton Cumbie and Caleb Bankston were fiancés from Alabama with something to prove. It was Colton’s second appearance on the show and he wanted to improve his image after quitting in a flood of tears the first time. Well… he quit in a flood of years (again) on day 7. His fiancé proved to be decidedly tougher and went on to become the 9th jury member being voted out by his tribe on day 30.
Will this be the year that the gay couple does well? We’ll have to wait and see. Let’s hope.