Fiona Horne in Celebrity Survivor
Fiona Horne was a contestant in Australia’s latest reality show Celebrity Survivor (or Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu or Australia’s Celebrity Survivor), currently airing on the Seven Network. She did not last long. As of 31 August (episode three) she was voted off the island.
From the start, Horne made herself the unofficial leader of Moso (one of the two “tribes”); she also started to get on some of her tribemates’ nerves. By episode three Amber Petty had had enough: she stood up to Horne and confronted her about her excessive bossiness and lack of respect towards the rest of Moso. According to the Wikipedia entry on this episode “Feeling ostracised, Fiona goes off alone to have some time to herself from the tribe. She decides to chill out, reflect and get in touch with her spiritual side by bathing nude.”
The footage of this event was much anticipated. This is because Horne had also proved unpopular with former Australian Idol meanie Ian “Dicko” Dickson (aka Ian Ross Perrygrove). One report describes “Hornebags” as “one of the D-list celebrities sent to Vanuatu last month to take part in the series.” It quotes her as describing Dickson as derogatory, sexist and insulting on the set. In reply Dickson is quoted (elsewhere) as saying:
“I saw her as basically a weekend feminist and a bit of a fake, frankly.” “Her calling me sexist—I find it amazing, because she was the one person on the island who went to the reality crew and tapped them on the shoulder and said: ‘I am going to bathe naked in the waterfall. Would you like to film it?’”
The footage of Horne’s swim appeared in episode 3. The screen-captures below are from this thirty second segment. Horne states, in her voiceover:
“I’ve been denying it. Yeah, I took a leadership role. But I realised when it was starting to rub people up the wrong way and what I was doing for them was starting to be help against me, I thought ‘time to do that alone time’ and just get back to my personal space. For me, its like a ritual to go down and wash. And that’s got a lot to do with my spirituality, because with my witchcraft…we all know that nature is sacred … I always leave an offering for the gods. I just give thanks all the time.”