by Gina Scarpa
Last night, on Survivor: Samoa, Galu finally lost an immunity challenge and were faced with the task of voting out one of their own. Several names were thrown out, from Monica (because she didn’t perform well in challenge), to Shambo (because she accidentally let one of their chickens go), to Yasmin (because she didn’t do anything to help around camp). Russell, the tribe leader, wanted Monica out but in the end, his tribe went against him and sent Yasmin home. Today, she spoke to RealityWanted in an exclusive interview about her experiences on the show.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: How did you end up being cast on Survivor: Samoa?
A. Yasmin: Actually, I was recruited. It was definitely a challenge. People overlook how hard it is on you mentally. If I could go back, I wouldn’t do it again. It wasn’t the worst thing in the world but it was a learning experience. It was okay.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: We haven’t seen too much of life over at the Galu camp so far this season. What was it like?
A. Yasmin: Some of the people there sucked. They were all over the place. I’m pretty much a straightforward person. This was a fairly young, cliqueish tribe and I wasn’t part of that and neither was Shambo. They were always giving everything from every angle. It was never consistent. For sure, it was a popularity contest and you can see when they were doing yoga or laying by the beach, I wasn’t there.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Despite the fact that you got into it with Ben when you visited the Foa Foa camp, do you think you would’ve fared better if you started with their tribe instead of your own?
A. Yasmin: Definitely and I’m glad you asked that. Marisa is a good friend. She’s a strong woman. There should’ve been a girl alliance because men will use you up and then get rid of you. You can see when I got voted out, I had a smile on my face. It was the happiest day of my life.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Isn’t it a dumb move on Galu’s part to get rid of you, since you’re a strong player in challenges?
A. Yasmin: You have to understand that they feel like they’re winning anyway. They could afford to get rid of me.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: How did you feel when Ben called you “ghetto trash”? That’s a pretty personal attack.
A. Yasmin: I wasn’t too offended because Ben didn’t even have my name right. He kept calling me Jasmine so it was like, “Who are you talking about?” Ben is an idiot. He’s ignorant and he’s a kid.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: It must have made you feel good to see that, on last week’s episode, Jaison stuck up for you.
A. Yasmin: Yes, it did and it should’ve shown people… if I never made friends, why did he speak up? He stuck up for me on a personal level, not just because I’m African-American. You saw all the girls come into that tribal council with their hair braided? I did that.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: If you could pull players from either tribe, who would you have wanted to work with?
A. Yasmin: Russell S., Shambo, Marisa, Ashley, Jaison, Betsy… Nick was cool… and somebody else from my tribe would be… nobody.
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What are you taking away from the experience of being on Survivor?
A. Yasmin: That confrontation isn’t always the best thing. I probably won’t speak my mind as much. What’s made up in your mind is what’s made up in your mind. And when I have kids, maybe I’ll take them camping!
Survivor: Samoa airs Thursdays at 8pm ET on CBS.
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