Exclusive Interview: 'Outlaw' Ben Browning of 'Survivor: Samoa'
Exclusive Interview: 'Outlaw' Ben Browning of 'Survivor: Samoa'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
After lasting just three episodes 28 year old Ben Browning, the mixologist originally from Kirksville, Missouri, may be the most controversial Survivor contestant of all time. Or perhaps controversy would have required Ben to have a lot of fans defending him. So far I have yet to find one.

Ben became the first contestant ever ejected from a challenge after taking out Russell Swan's leg from behind, later remarking he didn't know he was playing by Jeff Probst's "sissy rules." The self-proclaimed 'outlaw' used derogatory language towards women on several occasions and called Yasmin "ghetto trash" on the verge of becoming a prostitute. But remember, he doesn't start arguments. He just 'reacts.' Whether or not he will be missed, Ben will be remembered.

In our interview, I asked Ben whether he had ever felt like someone had discriminated against him, how he would respond to Jeff Probst's recent blog claim of 'owning him' in Q&A, and whether he can truly say that no woman has ever rejected him.

While Ben was brief and not always to the point, he did reveal one bit of interesting information that's bound to leave some readers regretting their lunch decisions. The nature of his real victory over Marisa.
Q: Last night Jaison suggested perhaps you were naïve, that you didn't understand discrimination. Have you ever felt like someone discriminated against you - or looked at you with less respect - because of your background?  
Jaison is overly sensitive. I've been discriminated against. Everyone has.  I completely understand it.  But it was interpreted incorrectly.  

Q: Did you invite a lot of people over for the broadcasts knowing the stuff that was going to come up? If so, what was the mood like in the room during the controversial moments?
Everyone of my friends have laughed and said it was refreshing to see someone be REAL.
Q:  Do you feel as though your experience with Survivor - overall - has had a positive or negative impact on your life? In what way?
Another chapter in my crazy life.  Definitely a positive experience.

Q: Going back, in your CBS.com bio you say you've never been rejected by a woman. Do you stand by that?
Can you find one that's rejected me?

Q: You seemed really bothered by Marisa. Did we see the whole story there? Why were you upset with her?
She was really annoying.  They didn't show all the moronic things she said and did.  I let her have it because she sucked.  Pre-game started she was trying to give me eyes.  I was in no way interested and that's what originally started her campaign against me.  Obviously I won that one.

Q: Jeff Probst said in his blog on Entertainment Weekly last week, "Ben and I went at it quite a bit [during the Episode 2 Tribal Council]. He may be able to beat me up, but in a game of Q and A, he's all mine." Is that your recollection?
Jeff's job is Q&A and he's good at that.  Does he own me in that game? No way.  I turned the tables on Probst and he was amused.
Q: After Jeff's warning during the Schmergenbrawl challenge, did you expect to get thrown out of the challenge when you took out Russell Swan's ankle? If you knew you were going to get thrown out, why do it?  
It was all creative editing. And there was never any rule that said you couldn't trip.  

-Interview conducted by Henry Jenkins
(Image courtesy of CBS)