Last week on the reality TV show “Survivor,” a controversy erupted over accusations that one contestant, Dan Spilo, had inappropriately touched female cast members. Producers were so concerned over what had happened that they interrupted the show to speak with the cast.
The accusations then became part of the show’s politics, and the episode ended with Spilo’s chief accuser, Kellee Kim, being voted out while Spilo gloated.
To get to that point, other cast members conspired to raise and then retract false accusations against Spilo.
Among those cast members: three-time Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel, who won silver in the 400m medley and bronze in the 200m backstroke in the 2012 Olympics.
After watching the episode and being castigated on social media, Beisel released a statement apologizing to fellow cast members and “any woman who felt triggered and disrespected by my actions,” but many responses to her tweet have been less than sympathetic.
It’s a little too late now. A person who actually understands the severity of sexual abuse wouldn’t even contemplate much less say they are willing to use this topic as a game ploy.. the moment you actually dis this and laughed showed your true character and it’s a disgrace!
If Serena Williams is to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, she may have to go through her older sister in the fourth round.
Williams, the sixth seed, could play Venus Williams in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, which begins Sunday.
Serena opens against countrywoman Kristie Ahn, whom she beat in the first round at the U.S. Open. Serena could then get her U.S. Open quarterfinal opponent, fellow mom Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, in the second round.
If Venus is to reach the fourth round, she must potentially get past U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka beat Serena in the U.S. Open semifinals, ending the American’s latest bid to tie Margaret Court‘s major titles record.
Venus lost in the French Open first round the last two years.
The French Open top seed is 2018 champion Simona Halep, who could play 2019 semifinalist Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Coco Gauff, the rising 16-year-old American, gets 2019 semifinalist Jo Konta of Great Britain in the first round in the same quarter of the draw as Halep.
The field lacks defending champion Ash Barty of Australia, not traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also out: U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka, citing a sore hamstring and tight turnaround from prevailing in New York two weeks ago.
Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.
Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.
The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.