Meet Colton Cumbie :: Survivor’s gay Republican

by Robert Nesti
EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor
Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

When "Survivor: One World" premieres on February 15, an eclectic mix of 18 contestants will be vying for the million dollar prize. Amongst them is a little person, not one but two Tarzan addicts and a Gay Republican.

And guess what? The Gay Republican -- whose name is Colton Cumbie (yes, that's his name) -- is being cast as the show's villain.

On Colton Cumbie's storyline, "Survivor"
host Jeff Probst says, "He doesn't know it, but he is a full-on villain. He thinks he's the most charming guy ever. He's a devil and I don't even think he's disguised."

And who is Cumbie (lol)? A writer on the blog site "Survivor Sucks" posted the following biographical information:
Name (Age): Colton Cumbie (21)

Tribe Designation: Manono

Current Residence: Monroeville, Ala. 

Occupation: College Student

Personal Claim to Fame: I came out as gay when I was 12 years old, sixth grade in South Alabama. My parents definitely did not run out to join Parents of Lesbian and Gay (PFLAG) and it took a long time but they came around. It was weird at school but I didn’t play the victim and run home to cry. I stood up for myself and explained that being gay wasn’t who I was but part of who I am.

Inspiration in Life: My nanny/ grandmother who is technically my great-aunt but she and her husband took my mom in when she was 2 months old after her dad abandoned her. My grandmother is the most amazing person I know. She is literally my 73-year-old best friend! She has been there for me through everything, definitely the biggest impact on who I am today. 

Hobbies: Socializing, watching reality TV and writing.

Pet Peeves: Ugly people who think they’re hot.

3 Words to Describe You: Adorable, entertaining and opinionated. 

"SURVIVOR" Contestant You Are Most Like: As far as my personality goes I would be a mix of Queen Parvati, Corinne and JT. I embody three of their distinctive traits; heartlessness (in a loveable way), low tolerance for trash and that people hate me but still want to be my best friend.

Reason for Being on "SURVIVOR": I want to play the game! The strategy, the challenges, I want it all! I don’t care about the fame or whether people love or hate me. I would love nothing more than to see my verbally abusive stepdad’s reaction when I win a million dollars on national TV.

Why You Think You’ll "Survive" "SURVIVOR": I live my life as I if I’m playing "Survivor"! I have a strategy for everything. Hell, the way I got my boyfriend was a strategy. 

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole "SURVIVOR": I don’t believe, I know! There has never been anyone with the social skills and charisma I possess on this show. I’m confident, hilarious, athletic, good looking, adorable and I have good teeth with a hint of Southern charm. What more could you want?

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