Survivor: Transgender contestant Zeke Smith outed

A contestant on a US TV exhibit has been outed as being transgender by way of one in every of his fellow competitors.

Jeff Varner, who is appearing on Survivor: Game Changers, made the revelation about his group-mate Zeke Smith on Wednesday’s episode.

Varner instructed the convey’s presenter and his staff-mates: “There Is deception here,” earlier than turning to Smith and asking: “Why have not you instructed any person that you are transgender?”

He has due to the fact apologised on Twitter.

A Number Of other contestants quickly defended Smith after Varner’s comments, telling the former Information anchor his moves had been “so fallacious” and that he “did not have to do this”.

‘Hate will at all times lose’

Smith had previously shared his history with Varner privately however had not meant to expose he was trans on the convey.

In an article for The Hollywood Reporter revealed after the episode aired, Smith criticised Varner and stated he was once “no longer wild about [viewers] understanding that I Am trans”.

He wrote: “In calling me misleading, Varner invoked one of the most odious stereotypes of transgender folks, a stereotype that’s often used as an excuse for violence and even homicide.

“Varner is saying that I Am not in point of fact a person and that simply residing as my authentic self is a nefarious trick.

“If Truth Be Told, by being Zeke the dude, I’m being my most trustworthy self – as is every other transgender person going about their day by day lives.”

‘The worst determination of my existence’

Smith delivered that he doesn’t consider Varner, who’s gay, did it as a result of he hates trans people, and praised his Survivor crew-mates for the way in which they reacted.

“I Believe he hoped others would imagine that trans individuals are fraudulent. What’s nice is that no one bought it.

“It’s Important individuals see he lost that struggle. The message should be clear that hate will at all times lose.”

In a Twitter message posted after the show aired, Varner provided his “deepest most coronary heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith”.

He wrote: “I was once mistaken and make no excuses for it. I personal accountability in what’s the worst choice of my existence.”


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