With web users the world over stuck inside with nothing to do, TikTok challenges have emerged as one of the leading ways to fight lockdown boredom. The latest TikTok vid to go viral comes from the Quinn family, who have found a fun way to divide up chores. Huge fans of the hit reality series Survivor, the Quinns have created their own tribal council to determine who will clean up after family dinner — complete with a tie-breaking fire challenge.
A Survivor-Inspired Family Routine
“We’ve been watching Survivor for as long as I can remember,” older sister Caroline told Insider, “and we always joke about eventually applying for the show and winning it.” During quarantine, the Quinns’ love of the show has created a new nightly routine.
They’re not the only family taking inspiration from the CBS show during lockdown. TikTok users have been posting videos of Survivor-style tribal councils since the quarantine started. Often, these votes end with one unlucky player doing the dishes after being defeated by a strong alliance of their parents and siblings.
However, in the case of the Quinn family’s vote, the voting ends in a tie, giving them the opportunity to prove just how committed they are to the rules of Survivor. In order to break the tie, siblings Charles and Alice participate in a fire-making challenge straight out of the show.
The trouble is, making a fire is much harder than it looks. As they try to light scraps of paper with flint, Alice’s hand cramps up. Luckily, her brother William is there to take over.
“After about an hour, we finally get some fire,” Caroline narrates in the video, “which means that Charles had to do the dishes.”
TikTok Takes Notice
So far, the video has gained about 417,000 likes and over a thousand comments. Among these are users asking for “more Survivor TikToks” and demanding “justice for Charles,” whom some feel was defeated unfairly.
“I honestly thought it was surprising that it got so much attention because I didn’t think that many people liked Survivor,” Caroline told Insider. “I feel like the app has a lot of content about popular shows like The Bachelor, Outer Banks and Tiger King.”
Caroline says that the attention garnered by the video has been satisfying for herself and the family.
“I felt really validated and excited that other people found it entertaining,” she said. “I didn’t expect it.”