Australian Survivor contestant Simon Mee recently tweeted, and then promptly deleted, some revealing insights into just how tough life can be for those playing the game.
Responding to a fan’s meme about the show, Simon shared some behind-the-scenes gossip, revealing that life on the beach in Samoa can get very “Lord of the Flies.”
One brief scene in a recent episode saw fellow contestant Gerry angrily chastising Simon about where he had placed the tribe’s firewood in the camp.
This was a surprising outburst from Gerry, who is usually a mild-mannered rescue pilot and one of the game’s most softly spoken players.
As fans shared the moment online, Simon explained that the blow-up was a symptom of bigger issues, as players jostled to keep their spot in the game’s fragile hierarchy.
Simon stated that “Survivor’s” rudimentary sleeping arrangements, in which players huddle together for warmth under a makeshift shelter (with, if they’re lucky, a tarp to keep the rain out), revealed “a lot about the pecking order of the tribe.”
Simon revealed in a follow-up tweet (which he also later deleted) that he would have to move the firewood any time he wanted to make space for himself in his less protected area of the shelter.
Former player and “Survivor” megafan Matt Tarrant responded to the tweet, saying that it was “legit true” that players should “never sleep on the edge of the bed at camp” if they want to stay in the players’ inner circle.
Over the years, many “Survivor” contestants have spoken to news.com.au about the unique challenges they faced on the show, such as intense hunger, an unexpected lack of warmth, and no contact with loved ones.
But Simon’s candid tweets shine a light on another hazard for “Survivor” players: managing their place in the game’s pecking order, in a situation where even a patch of sand to sleep on is jealously guarded.
This season of “Australian Survivor” continues on Sunday night, after Monday’s tribal council ended with a surprise non-elimination.
Instead, Gerry and fellow player Nina were sent to “Survivor isolation,” where they will remain until they compete against each other for the chance to rejoin the game.