Shannon Elkins, the outspoken 30-year-old pest-control company owner from Lafayette, Louisiana was the second contestant voted off Survivor: Nicaragua. Now that he’s had time away from the tribe he tells online website Zap2it exactly what was going on with him during the second episode of Season 21.
The most controversial part of Elkins’ exit on the second episode was his seemingly homophobic question to fellow tribe member Sash during their tribal council session. When Shannon came to Sash after questioning each tribe member about their trust of him, Sash told Shannon that he was digging his own grave. Shannon retaliated by asking Sash if he was gay because New York – where Sash is from – is “full of gay people.”
Where did this question come from and what did it have to do with people trusting Shannon? Shannon tells Zap2it that he’s not a homophobe nor a sexist nor did he bash the gay community. He blames the editing. Basically Shannon says he was simply trying to show that Sash was untrustworthy because he denied being gay.
“I don’t care what Sash does in his spare time, but I wanted to show that the guy was a liar. If he can’t even be honest with who he is … you might lie about where you live, or what you do, but you as a person? Why lie about it?”
Also during tribal council Shannon felt that because Sash kept “butting in” on him, Shannon claims that Sash was “acting gay” so Shannon simply called him out on it.
In terms of the overall show, Shannon said it was a “neat experience.” He had never been camping before or eaten rice so those were two firsts for him. His biggest struggle going into the show was leaving his hair gel behind. And he wouldn’t have done anything differently, claiming that he showed his true personality, except maybe trusting Chase. But Shannon says he was the biggest threat and they got rid of him because of that.
Now that he’s voted off though Shannon surprisingly is for the gal he wanted to vote off. “I’m rooting for Brenda to win it all.”
More Survivor: Nicaragua:
For the full Episode 2 recap click here
For the full Episode 1 recap click here
For solutions to the first Hidden Immunity Idol clues click here