I had the chance to speak with ousted Survivor contestant Shannon Elkins this afternoon, and he had a lot to say about his Wednesday night elimination. The 30-year-old pest control company owner from Louisiana made quick work of getting on both tribemate’s and viewer’s nerves during his six days in Nicaragua, but he said he had no regrets when it came to his Survivor run.
“I knew I was going home, so I didn’t have any regrets,” Shannon said. “I just figured, screw it. I could go out like a girl or sit there like a robot, or I could not give a crap about it and be this crazy white boy who would go in there and say stupid sh**, and I decided to go that way.”
Did he ever. Minutes into Tribal Council, Shannon lashed out at Sash for seemingly no reason with “I’m just going to get this out of the way right now – are you gay?” and “New York is filled with a bunch of gay people.” So what did Shannon have to say about that? Not much.
“I never questioned a guy about his sexual preferences,” Shannon said at one point. Well, there’s a tape of Tribal Council that proved otherwise. Shannon said “I stereotyped gay people, for sure. I stereotype everything. I’m sure people do the same to me but they just don’t say it to my face.” Shannon explained that he thought Sash was lying to him (about being gay) and wanted to call him out on it to prove he’d lie about other things as well. OK then…
Asking men if they’re gay wasn’t the only thing Shannon did while in Nicaragua that raised eyebrows – he also had some pretty polarizing (or, offensive) things to say about women. He said as far as women go, the only one he felt threatened by was Brenda because of her knowledge of the game and her relationship with Chase. “Chase realized he either had to give me the rose or Brenda the rose,” Shannon said. (He was the last person I’d expect to throw out a Bachelor analogy). But does that explain all his comments about not letting the women win, comparing marriage to Survivor, and even saying during the interview that he wasn’t going to come into Tribal Council “like a girl”? Yeah.