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MrsGryn

Donathan Hurley - Lavita - Eliminated sixteenth

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MrsGryn   

Photo and info courtesy of CBS.com

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Age: 26
Hometown: Phelps, Kentucky
Current residence: Kimper, Kentucky
Occupation: Caretaker

Hobbies: Discovering new music on Spotify, vinyl record collecting, binge watching Survivor on CBS All Access, and photography of nature and portraits.

Pet peeves: People who think they know it all, people who are disrespectful toward others for no reason, people who judge the book by its cover (people have treated me that way my entire life), people that say "literally" without it being literal, people who aren't straight forward when they need to be and finally, getting my name wrong. It is D-O-N-A-T-H-A-N, not Jonathan or Donovan.

Three words to describe you: Determined, whimsical, and rare.

What's your personal claim to fame?
I was a part of a national and state level winning dance team. I danced in the hip-hop routine. I am proud of being openly gay and dancing in front of thousands in this area. My goal is always to try to change the opinions of others when it comes to the LGBTQ community and through dancing, I was able to open the arms of many.

There will never be another me when it comes to those years and for that impact, I feel very accomplished. Being the only guy to hold a national championship among the basketball, football and baseball guys—yeah, that felt really nice!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?
My hero is my grandmother, Deloris Bentley. Always has been, always will be. My grandmother had seven children between the years of 1960-1968, with my mom being the youngest. She raised them all with very limited food, no power until 1975, no bathrooms, only outhouses—all while dealing with the day-to-day struggles of having an alcoholic as a husband.

Over the years, things got better for her. She raised her children, divorced and re-married (twice), and ended up being very independent and open-minded! In 2006, she had a brain aneurysm. She flew out to have emergency surgery and you know what saved her that time? Her blood was so thick from smoking three packs a day for so many years, that the aneurysm was sealed shut.

After her surgery, she was up the next morning eating on some ice. Now if that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is! She has always been the glue in our family. She is such a hero in my eyes because of all the sacrifices, determination and selflessness she has expressed and shown all her life! Many people are probably picking celebrities and all that jazz, but my little 'ole Maw Maw is my hero.

If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?
My cross necklace my grandmother got for me, my glasses (if that counts) so I can snap them in half to help with making fire, and just the clothes on my back.

Which Survivor contestant are you most like?
While there are tons of castaways that I have related to, especially those from the LGBTQ community (Colton, Todd, Tia), and my hillbillies (Keith, Sandy, JT), I always find the most relatable to be Cirie.

No one expected the gameplay Cirie played in her first season. She went out there, hated leaves, and really didn't know much about the game. But you know what? She went out there and learned the way. She kept her mouth shut when need be, made the big moves when she needed to, and had a great sense of the people on the island what they were thinking.

She is the type of player I see myself being. I adore her, and it doesn't hurt that her birthday is July 18th and mine July 19th. We Cancers just have a way about us that is charming, yet manipulative. Our knife is always ready for backs (figuratively)!

What's your reason for being on Survivor?
It's for me and my family. We have always been below the poverty line. We have always struggled year to year to make ends meet. But it does make you stronger having to live that way. But you know what? I am tired of living this life.

I want to be a great influence for my family—prove to them that when you try, things can happen. It takes you to put the first foot in the door, no one else. I don't want to end up being stuck here in a rusted old trailer. I want more for my family, especially my mom and grandmother, and also help those in my area who are less fortunate.

Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor?
Living in Eastern Kentucky has its perks. We are outdoors people. We love the lakes, we love to roam trails and mountains, and I have learned a lot about nature and survival. And while I have never been in a dire situation to use these skills, I truly believe when the survivalist in me kicks in, I would have a lot to offer.

Now darlin', I ain't no lumberjack. But I can offer common sense solutions in order to help make my tribe grow. I already plan on breaking my glasses to help with fire and prove that this little gay hillbilly nerd isn't afraid of what nature can bring! I really think I will surprise a lot of people.

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Holy fuck, just reading this bio makes me hate this guy. I'm not sure I've ever read such a contrived and annoying bio. This one can just feel free to be the first boot. 

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uaintjak   

I'm annoyed with him already.  Also, being gay and dancing in front of a crowd isn't an accomplishment.  It's Friday night.

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MrsGryn   

Did he type it as darlin'? Because that's a beatin'.

Also I'm spelling his name Doofus in every recap.

 

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"people have treated me that way my entire life".......now playing the role of victim on Survivor 36, introducing Donovan Hairley!

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The fact that one of his Gay Survivor players to look up to is freaking Colton who quit twice, yeah, I'm not feeling him. Also, dude needs to try his hand at giving concise answers.

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gforce   

Is he going to be one of those guys that lingers on for most of the season because there’s always a bigger target?  I do hope not.   At least unless he gets captioning for everything he says.

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On ‎2‎/‎11‎/‎2018 at 9:47 PM, MrsGryn said:

Did he type it as darlin'? Because that's a beatin'.

Hee! I grew up in his area and it's not really far enough south for calling people darlin' even if you're the little old lady he seems to be channeling.

I'm glad he finally got the nerve to dive down for the balls, but I hated that he gave Probst and opportunity for one of his overly  excited pep talks, like the one he gave Ciere in the same situation.  Jeff just enjoys those too much.

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MrsGryn   

I have a suspicion we're goin' to be stuck with Donathan for the duration because Probst and Survivor love nothing more than a redemption/loser triumphs story.

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uaintjak   

For the first half hour I thought he was a lesbian.  Also, he sucks and I hate him, so at least I predicted that correctly.  Also, Jeff's boner for him couldn't get any bigger.  Let's not forget, Probst, that you had to shame him into the water.  Left to his own devices, he would have stayed a wilted flower on the raft and let the wonderfully built but woefully nonathletic dude take all the blame.

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knewb   

He's turning out to be a much better player than anticipated. Physically he's no competition, but his social game is pretty strong and he's even using some strategery. I've had a change of heart about this one.

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