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.
The series continues tonight at 8 p.m. ET, when viewers will see two contestants eliminated.
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