The Champions team was sent to tribal council after they lost the second puzzle challenge, something that put a target on world series poker player, and supposed puzzle master, Jackie Glazier. Despite this, former Special Forces Commando – and double amputee – Damien Thomlinson was voted out by the tribe.
Prior to the council, some tribe members described the former commando as a “liability” – something viewers saw as ableist and discrimination against people with disabilities.
Fans of the show criticised the fact that throughout the first three episodes, Damien was instrumental in helping the Champions team win challenges, in particular the throwing challenge in the first episode, but Jackie had yet to prove herself.
And they aired their grievances on Twitter accordingly:
Cowardly voting. #survivorAU
— Bucks’ beard 2.0 (@joferguson9) August 6, 2018
I’m sorry, but voting out the guy with no legs because he is ‘a liability at challenges’ yet he outperformed many still remaining is weak as shit. Don’t assume he can’t do it just because he is disabled. Big ups Damian! #SurvivorAU
— Dylan Alcott (@DylanAlcott) August 6, 2018