NT: Hi Ian, thanks for doing this interview with us! We're excited
to have you!
IM: Thanks Noah, I’m glad you’ve chosen to interview
NT: Okay, so, first of all, tell all of our readers about exactly
what your purpose is in creating this site?
IM: Well, the website is my bid to be on Survivor. Ever since the
first season I’ve wanted to be on the show, and I think many
people feel the same way. They see the Survivors on TV and they
think to themselves, “I could do that!” I am no exception.
The only difference between Americans and Canadians in this case
is that CBS so far has restricted contestants to their own citizens.
I think this is a little hypocritical considering Survivor is broadcast
throughout Canada. It’s a little like dangling an unreachable
carrot in front of us North of the border.
And so I created the website, not so much to advertise my own case,
but to let others know that Canadians are just as knowledgeable
about the game as their American counterparts. I’m not saying
that I deserve speical treatment, but simply that Canadians shouldn’t
be barred just because they don’t have American passports.
I felt the only way to get this point across was to champion the
NT: Right now your online petition has about  signatures.
How many are you looking for before you take any real action in
moving toward CBS studios with your protest?
IM: If you consider the audience Survivor commands in the US, you’re
looking at around 20 million. Add another 5 million or so Canadians
and that’s a pretty big audience. 800 signatures seems pretty
pitiful when compared to the bigger picture, but then again, so
does 10,000. But if I look at the comments from the people who have
signed the petition, I think it reflects a larger feeling among
Survivor fans – that allowing Canadians on the show would
provide some much needed excitement and sporting competition. And
so 10,000 signatures would be nice, but I haven’t decided
on an exact milestone yet. Most likely I’ll wait until the
end of Survivor Palau and see how many I’ve collected.
NT: Speaking of heading to CBS with your protest, how exactly do
you plan on going about presenting this to Mark Burnett? It won't
be easy to get a meeting with him, you know.
IM: Quite true. Mark Burnett probably wouldn’t take kindly
to odd Canadians presenting petitions to him in the street. Then
again, he happens to be visiting Vancouver, British Columbia in
March, as part of a motivational conference (other guests on the
list include Dr. Phil). Tickets are around a hefty $250, so I’m
not sure if I’ll be able to afford to get in legitimately.
Perhaps instead I’ll pose as an unassuming caterer, sneak
my way into the conference, and gain a meeting with Mark Burnett
backstage. Then again, I could just dash into the main room yelling
and waving a giant sign with the words, “Let Me On Survivor!”
NT: How do your family and friends respond to your devotion to
IM: My parents are generally supportive, though they probably think
I’m a little “out-there.” But they’re also
big fans of the show, and I’m sure they’d enjoy watching
their son starve and get kicked off an island. (They know I could
handle it). My friends have been great as well, helping me with
my e-campaign and passing along the word.
NT: So what are you really in it for? The money or the fame?
IM: I’d have to say neither. To be honest, I want to be on
Survivor because of the experience. Now before everyone rolls their
eyes and calls me a liar, consider this: I think most people don’t
actually need a million dollars. Certainly, most people want more
money than they currently possess, but they don’t need it.
In my life, I’m able to live fairly comfortably with my income,
probably because I keep things simple. I try to purchase only what
I really need, and then usually I reconsider. It’s rare that
I find myself unable to purchase anything really necessary. And
so money would not be my prime motivation for being on the show.
Instead, I’m after the experience of living in a deserted
location with other people, stranded with only ourselves and our
wits, (if you don’t count Jeff Probst and the camera-persons).
The Survivors are basically cut off from the outside world. Everything
they’ve ever learned then become their tools. Their willingness
and cunning is the only way for this pseudo-utopia to work. Now
I don’t kid myself into believing that the contestants will
actually face death out there, but for the trials, the emotions,
the starvation, the scenery, and the heartbreak, it’s worth
NT: By making this stand, are you doing this to prove yourself
to the producers, or are you more inspired by simply wanting to
gain acceptance for Canadians in general?
IM: Well I won’t lie. Certainly my uppermost intention for
starting the website is to get myself on Survivor, (after all, it
IS called “Let Me On Survivor.com”), yet I think it
would be beneficial for our populations on both sides of the border
to see us interacting and relying on eachother for survival. Perhaps
stereotypes will be abolished. Perhaps cross-border camaraderie
will be the outcome. Or perhaps the editors of the show will paste
together a persona of myself that resembles the evil of Johnny Fairplay
and Jerry Manthey combined. Who knows?
When all is said and done, if I’m able to place myself on
the show, while simultaneously paving the way for other Canadians,
then my efforts will have succeeded. Only time will tell if you
Yanks are up for the sporting challenge. All I can promise is that
it will certainly be interesting. (And if I was to win the million
dollars, I would graciously accept it.)
NT: Any shout outs or other information you'd like to share with
IM: I would just like to thank everyone that has signed my petition
so far, and has passed along my website to others. And if you get
a chance, feel free to check out the other websites that are linked
from my site, most notably Make Trade Fair and the World Wildlife
Federation. Remember, Survivor is great and all, but there are many
important issues happening in the world today that you can get involved
with and help out.
NT: Well thanks for spending time with us Ian! We all hope you
make it onto Survivor one day!