Missy, Elizabeth, and Aaron have apologized following the total mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations on Wednesday night's episode of Survivor .
In case you missed it, Janet tried to lead a vote against Dan after multiple female cast-members alleged that his touching made them uncomfortable. At tribal council, Aaron berated Janet for being unfair to Dan, and the tribe ultimately voted out Kellee, who earlier in the episode cried about how uncomfortable Dan's touching made her feel. (Justice for Kellee and Janet!) It was later revealed that Missy and Elizabeth only pretended to feel unsafe around Dan in order to move the target off themselves, perpetuating the harmful myth that women routinely throw around false sexual misconduct allegations for their own personal gain.
But Aaron, Missy, and Elizabeth are singing a different tune now that the episode has aired. (The two-hour episode elicited angry responses from viewers, including some former Survivor players.)
Aaron apologized multiple times in a lengthy video posted on Instagram and on Twitter:
"I want to publicly apologize for my behavior and my actions at tribal council last night," he said. "Watching back the episode was extremely difficult and I, immediately after saying what I said in the game, I regretted saying what I said and now watching it back Im very disappointed in myself and how I conducted myself handling the emotions of this game in this situation, given the magnitude of what this surrounds, Im disappointed in myself."
Missy's apology came nextshe apologized for getting too caught up in the game.
"I did not realize a very serious situation, nor did I handle it with the care it deserved...I was viewing the game with a small lens and with a limited scope," she wrote.
pic.twitter.com/yIyLneCWYF Missy Byrd (@themissybyrd)
In Elizabeth's apology, she said that the experience has changed how she'll act in the future: "Survivor has been a life-changing experience and I have learned so much. I hope this moment does not define me, but instead will help inform who I am as a person going forward."
pic.twitter.com/pNnNoxsYqr Elizabeth Beisel (@ebeisel34)