Bill Posley seemed and is a nice enough guy, a laid-back Survivor player whose goal was to make people laugh and blend in. He is a stand-up comedian, after all. But Bill was grouped in early with the "muscle" alliance, and after Matt was voted out last week, he was truly in the Manono minority.
Perhaps his biggest problem was that the self-proclaimed Island Queen, Colton Cumbie, had it out for him from the beginning. The two clashed pretty hard, and last night Colton lashed out some serious insults in Bill's direction, commenting on Bill's career choices and his personality. Some racially insensitive things were said. To Bill's credit, he seemed to want to take the high road, and in his final speech said this about Colton: "He judged me for my differences, and I accept him for his."
Despite Bill's likeability though, his decision to agree to give up tribal Immunity to go to Tribal Council will go down as one of the worst, dumbest, and self-defeating decisions in the history of Survivor.
I spoke to Bill today, as he responded to his critics, and talks about his decisions in the game as well as his feud with Colton.
Bill, you were very well liked by many fans, and you definitely showed some integrity with your final words of last night's episode. But many have called your decision to willingly go to Tribal Council the "worst" and even "the dumbest" move in Survivor history. How do you respond to that?
Bill Posley: I would say that had my plan worked, to show them that Colton was bad for our tribe and that he needed to go, and had my plan worked? What turns out to be the dumbest move in history turns out to be the greatest move ever made. You know what I mean? There is a fine line between stupidity and genius, and I just fell on the wrong side of that.
How shocked were you to hear how Colton was talking about you on the show?
When I heard the ghetto trash comment in the confessionals, I openly laughed out loud. People were like, what are you laughing at? And I said, if Colton's perception of a ghetto black person is me? Then he is in for a rude awakening when he ventures out into the real world. I was actually very grateful that he said it, because him calling me ghetto trash, or ghetto at all, gave me a lot of street cred in the black community (laughs).
Talk about your decision to agree to go to Tribal Council.
I thought that being there, I could convince the people I was aligned with to blindside Colton, and to send him home with the Idol. It just didn't pan out. I thought that I had guys like Jonas and Troy, and Jay, and Big Mike in my corner on this.
But you knew Colton had been targeting you. Why even take the risk of putting yourself at Tribal Council?
Because I'm already on the chopping block, I'm already in their sites. I thought it was a risk worth taking. I assume that Colton thought he was fine, that somebody else would be getting voted off. So why not take a chance?
The previews of next week's episode show that there may be tribal shake-up. Do you have any regrets with your decision, knowing now that had you of stayed in the game, your situation may have improved?
In hindsight, it's weighing the options. I didn't know that there was going to be a tribal swap going into it. But no, I don't have any regrets about it. Me exiting the way I did last night makes me proud of how I played the game.
Are you concerned at all about the legacy of your actions, that in 24 seasons no tribe has ever won Immunity and then agreed to go to Tribal Council?
I know this sounds weird, but I would rather make history and try to risk making a big move, than to have gone off quietly, and not have had any effect on this game. I mean, I'd rather have a stamp on this. But I kind of wanted to be one of the memorable ones. But look, if they were willing to get rid of me [like they did], then they would have been willing to throw the following challenge to get rid of me. Had that not of all happened, I wouldn't have been at Tribal Council, and nobody would have seen me. I would rather have happen what did last night - me be seen in the eyes of integrity and class - than me just have gone off this quiet guy who maybe was loud a few times, and had this weird British accent once or twice.
Talk a minute about Tarzan, who added in his two cents at Tribal Council last night as well. Is he really like what we see on the show?
Tarzan is what you call a smart dumb person. He is literally like, one of the most intelligent people you will ever meet. We all know that when you're a plastic surgeon, you are very, very intelligent in that sense. However, I don't think the guy could find his way out of a paper bag, just the street smarts aren't there...He may be even too smart for himself.
How did it go from Colton wanting to hang out all day with the women, to him being the dominant figure at the men's tribe?
The one thing I do want to make clear is, because I was not in that alliance, I didn't know the amount of power he had. So when I went to Tribal Council, I thought that I had friends. I just got blindsided. I didn't know the power he had. Sitting here watching it, he's commanding Mike to bring Leif over, and I was like, what? That's like when I called him a spoiled brat, I was like, am I the only one out here who feels like that needs to be said?
Was there anything you could have done to flush out Colton's Idol?
I don't know what I could have done. I saw him as a very selfish, self-centered, self-seeking person. He has no integrity, no loyalty, and doesn't care about anything but himself. So I thought that when it came time at Tribal Council for my alliance to back me, that they would. But they didn't. I don't know what else I could have done.
How hard was it to keep your composure as Colton was saying those things about you?
It wasn't too hard. And the reason is because my whole life, I was a fat kid...I was 250 pounds my whole life until I was 17, I went to the Army and lost all the weight, and I've been picked on my whole life. I've dealt with racism before as an African-American person, and my mom being half-white, my dad being half-black. Being in the military, picked on by drill sargeants. So I've been picked on my whole life. So to sit there in the face of all that and keep my cool, it wasn't that hard. I know that he comes from a place of ignorance, and a place of being spoiled and sheltered, not from a place of hatred and racism, I don't think.
What was the reaction to last night's episode from people in your personal life, and your fans? Positive? Negative?
It was like nothing I could have ever expected in my entire life. It has been so positive. I have had so many touching things written to me, from people who want to pursue their dreams. Like, had I not gone to Tribal Council I wouldn't have even said those things. There were people who were like, thank you, it reminds me of why I follow my dreams. Thank you, for having integrity and being who you are. All of those kind-hearted words. Being a good guy you may not win at Survivor, but you'll have a better life.
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