Australian Survivor star sparks outrage by saying she’s ‘more African American’ than a black contestant: ‘I can’t believe she just said that!’
Australian Survivor has sparked outrage among some viewers over a questionable comment from one of this season’s contestants.
At Monday’s premiere of Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains, wildlife filmmaker Rogue Rubin told his tribeswoman Nina Twine, who is black, that she was “more African American” than her.
Rogue was born in Cape Town to a Zimbabwean mother and a South African father, but her background was not explained on Survivor.
Australian Survivor sparked a backlash on social media after South African-born contestant Rogue Rubin told Nina Twine, who is black, that she was “more African-American” than she was. Both pictured
Since most viewers were unaware of Rogue’s background, his comment shocked viewers on social media and enraged Nina’s mother, surviving legend Sandra Diaz-Twine.
‘Feeling for Nina. She already plays on a cast with little diversity, as the only black person, let alone the only non-Australian, only to have Rogue offensively undermine her identity early on,’ one viewer tweeted.
“I’m shocked Snape said that to Nina!!!” another exclaimed, while a fan said, “I feel like she’s being dramatic and saying/asking controversial things to get airtime or to get popular with the audience ???”
Nina is the daughter of surviving legend Sandra Diaz-Twine. Photographed together
Nine’s mother had the harshest response to the scandal, blasting Rogue in a fiery tweet and Instagram post.
‘Rogue b***h, this is outrageous. How are you so ignorant! Didn’t you say you had a sense of right and wrong,’ she raged.
‘B***h please. Adios, man, Sandra added.
The incident took place while the Hero Tribe was building their campsite.
Rogue was born in Cape Town to a Zimbabwean mother and South African father, but her background was not explained on Survivor
After Nina explained that she was from the east coast of America, an unimpressed thief replied, “Because I live there half the time, I don’t need you to explain it like if I was an idiot.”
Seemingly stunned, Nina replied “gotcha”, but Snape kept talking.
“I work all the time in the United States. I’m more African American than you, you have to understand that,” Rogue said.
“Because I’m from Africa,” she added.
Nine’s mother had the harshest response to the scandal, blasting Rogue in a fiery tweet and Instagram post
Nina laughed awkwardly but seemed to ignore the comment and continue working on the camp.
Rogue is a famous wildlife filmmaker known for her documentary Lion Spy, in which she went undercover with trophy hunters in Africa.
Since the episode aired, Rogue has removed all mention of Survivor from his Instagram page and disabled his comments.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Rogue and Channel 10 for comment.
Australian Survivor: Heroes V Villains is currently airing on Channel 10 and streaming on 10Play