March 08, 2012 05:41 PM by Ryan Haidet
While many fans are angry with Colton Cumbie’s actions on Survivor: One World, Bill Posley — the guy directly impacted by Colton’s negative attitude — isn’t mad at all. In fact, he hopes viewers won’t spew their hatred toward Colton at all. In an exit interview with reporters on Thursday, Bill revealed how he kept his composure with Colton, explained his reasons for agreeing to go to Tribal Council when they didn’t have to and offered up his thoughts on Tarzan. This interview truly shows how good of a guy Bill really is. Read on to see everything he had to say. Enjoy!
Question: How do you respond to those who say voluntarily going to Tribal Council is the dumbest move in the game?
Bill Posley: Had my plan worked to show them that Colton was bad for our tribe and needed to go and we had blindsided him and got him off, then what turned out to be the dumbest move in history would have been the greatest move ever made. Know what I mean? I would say that there’s a fine line between stupidity and genius. I just fell on the wrong side of that.
Question: There’s been a lot of hatred all over social media thrown in Colton’s direction following this episode. What would you say to those people now who have a strong negative feeling toward Colton?
Bill Posley: If I was capable of keeping my cool, and I’m the subject of Colton’s malicious intent, then I ask everyone to do the same; to remain cool. Know that this is a part of him learning and a part of him growing and this lesson is something a guy like him needs in order for him to change.
Question: It seemed like you agreed to go to Tribal Council because you thought Leif was going home instead of you?
Bill Posley: No. I was working hard to be in alliances and gain friends as well, and I thought that being there I could convince the people I was aligned with to blindside Colton and get him sent home with the Idol. It just didn’t pan out. I thought that I had guys like Jonas and Troy, Jay and Big Mike in my corner on this and they would back me when the chips were down, and they didn’t.
Question: Is it bothersome that you were the target for a Tribal Council you didn’t even have to attend?
Bill Posley: I know this sounds weird, but I would rather make history and try and risk making a big move than just have gone off quietly and not had any effect on this game. I’d rather have a stamp on this. There’s only 400 people or so who have ever played it and I kind of want to be one of the memorable ones. Here’s the truth, if they wanted to get rid of me, if they were willing to give up Immunity to get rid of somebody, they were ready to throw the next challenge. It’s kind of the same thing. Either way, you’re willing to give up winning and get rid of somebody. I was trying to align everybody while I felt I had a strong alliance and get my teammates to blindside Colton. … I would rather what had happened, me be seen in the act of integrity and class be shown, and maybe Colton learn that what he says really affects people than me have just gone off this quiet guy who maybe was loud sometimes and had a weird British accent once or twice, you know?
Question: How did Colton go from no power to seemingly all the power? What happened?
Bill Posley: The one thing that I want to make clear is, because I wasn’t in that alliance and I was in the outskirts, I didn’t know the amount of power he had. When Leif sits down and tells me that morning that Colton had the Idol, it’s the first I hear of it. I didn’t know all this power. When I went to Tribal Council I thought I had friends at the table. But it was et tu, Brute? I just got blindsided. I didn’t know the power he had. Then I’m sitting here watching it and he’s commanding Mike to call Leif over. I’m like, what? I kind of felt like the only person who would say anything, stand up to him. When we were under that tent, I was like, “You just can’t just talked to people or treat them however you want, you spoiled brat.” … I didn’t know the amount of power he had gained because I wasn’t aware of the Idol and I wasn’t aware of the alliances he made. So it was as shocking to you as it was to me, this arc that had happened.
Question: How shocked were you to hear what Colton was saying about you and how it went down racial lines?
Bill Posley: When I heard the “ghetto trash” comment in the confessional, I openly laughed out loud. People were like, “Why are you laughing?” 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 actually was very grateful that he said it, because him calling me ghetto trash — or ghetto at all — gave me a lot of strength in the black community.
Question: You had a very classy closing confessional and you really didn’t seem to let this get to you, but how hard was it to keep your composure?
Bill Posley: It wasn’t too hard and the reason why it wasn’t too hard is because my whole life I was a fat kid. I was 250 pounds until I was 17 years old. I went into the army, I lost all the weight, so I’ve been picked on my whole life. I’ve dealt with racism before as an African American person; my mom being half white, my dad being half black. Being in the military and being picked on by drill sergeants, I’ve been picked on by people my whole life. To sit there in the face of that and keep my cool wasn’t that hard for me. 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.
Question: Tarzan on the show comes across as loud and all over the place. Is that what he was really like?
Bill Posley: Tarzan is what you would call a smart dumb person. He is literally one of the most intelligent people you’ll ever meet. We all know, when you’re a plastic surgeon, you’re very very intelligent. However, I don’t think the guy could probably find his way out of a paper bag if he had to. The street smarts aren’t there. At Tribal Council he starts going on and on about this post-racist America and I don’t even think the conversation was going anywhere near either one of those two things, which is why I didn’t respond ’cause I don’t actually know where it came from. It came out of left field. …
Question: What was the reaction you’ve received from viewers after you were voted off?
Bill Posley: It was like nothing I could have ever expected in my entire life. It has been so positive. I’ve had so many touching things written to me about people who want to pursue their dreams. Had I not gone to that Tribal Council, I wouldn’t have even of said those things. People are like, “Thank you. It reminds me why I follow my dreams. Thank you for having integrity and being honest with who you are.” All of those kindhearted words, that’s what it’s about. Being a good guy, you might not win at Survivor, but you have a better life, man.
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