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Next Week, One Person on 'Survivor' Will Win the Million Dollars. How Hard Would You Work for the Money?

John Stasic
Age 40
Resides Queens
Occupation Telephone technician

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? I'm aware of them.

Do you care who wins? No. This is all about people getting their minute of fame and marketing it. That show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire was supposed to be about the groom, but Darva Conger's the one who accepted a bunch of money to pose naked in Playboy.

What would you do for a million dollars? There aren't too many things I wouldn't do. I wouldn't bungee-jump off the Empire State Building, but I would jump off using a parachute. If I saw a million dollars in cash in front of me, I'd be hard-pressed to think of one thing I wouldn't do. Maybe eating a dog-shit sandwich is a line I wouldn't cross.


Crow
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Filmmaker

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? I saw one of them on MTV, The Travellers. It was about squatter kids who ride the trains. It was OK because it was about my people, but for the most part, the shows are not real.

Do you care who wins? No, not at all.

What would you do for a million dollars? I hate money. I deal with it as little as possible. "Anything for money" is what this country's about. It reminds me of the era of Caligula, where horrible things were done for the emperor's amusement.


Annabelle Rinehart
Age 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? No. I barely watch TV. Maybe Sex & the City once in a while.

Do you care who wins? No. I have friends who watch so I'm sure I'll be informed. I know that one black guy got kicked off because a hacker got into the show's computer and discovered that the guy was going to win. When that information got out, they had to throw him out.

What would you do for a million dollars? There's not much I wouldn't do for that kind of cash, except give a man a blow job. Maybe, maybe, to someone I knew, but not a complete stranger. I wouldn't give the president a blow job because I know what mouth preceded me. I would walk naked from one end of the A train to the other, but I wouldn't eat a basket of fish because I hate fish.


Eric Vanderbur
Age 24
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Journalist

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? No. I think they're repulsive.

Do you care who wins? No.

What would you do for a million dollars? I'd pretty much do anything at all except commit murder or cannibalism. Add to that small list the fact that I wouldn't worship the devil. For a million dollars, I would eat a small dog. But only if it was prepared correctly.


Ted Clayton
Age 18
Resides Bronx
Occupation Student

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? No, not at all.

Do you care who wins? No.

What would you do for a million dollars? I wonder if I'd let cameras into my house. I might, but not if they were allowed to film me taking a shower. I'd eat a worm, but not more than one because I'd be afraid of dying before I got to spend my million dollars. I'd have sex with my girlfriend in Tompkins Square Park, but I wouldn't kiss that Con Edison guy over there on the lips.


Alex Chin
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? I watch The Real World sometimes.

Do you care who wins? No. I only know someone's about to win because they've been advertising the fact pretty aggressively.

What would you do for a million dollars? I'd do anything unless it was shameful. Or unless it disgraced my mother. I'd streak anywhere, but I wouldn't publicly make fun of my mother for any amount of money.


Sarah Bernard
Age 28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Marketing/AOL

Are you watching any of the reality-based TV shows? I saw one episode of one of them, but it was very boring. They need a better editor.

Do you care who wins? Possessiveness. No.

What would you do for a million dollars? I'd be on a reality-based TV show, but only if it was on cable access at an hour when nobody I knew would be awake to see it.

 
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