Pirates are all the rage these days. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End sailed to No. 1 at the box office last weekend to the tune of $142 million over four days, and tonight, CBS premieres their newest reality/adventure series, Pirate Master, where eight men and eight women become "modern-day pirates on a high seas adventure" (according to the website) who will "live as buccaneers and travel around the Caribbean island of Dominica in search of hidden treasure that will total $1 million."
Pirate Master is the latest creation of Mark Burnett, the producer who gave us Survivor and The Apprentice, and it will have classic Burnett touches such as a "Pirate's Court" held at the end of each episode where one unlucky matey will be "cut adrift." The contestants — er, pirates — will undertake weekly "expeditions" (instead of challenges), decipher clues and, of course, engage in mutinous behavior.
On the eve of the show's launch, AfterEllen.com spoke with Jupiter Mendoza, one of Pirate Master's 16 contestants — and its only known lesbian. CBS wouldn't allow us to discuss any of the show's content before it aired, so Jupiter talked about how she lives as a modern-day pirate, why being a lesbian was not part of her strategy for winning, and why pirates need more bling.
AfterEllen.com: How did you hear about the show?
AE: You live your life as a modern-day pirate? What does that mean?
AE: Is the pirate/wench thing like a butch/femme thing?
AE: So wenches aren't getting their due? Is that what you're saying?
AE: Always the plundered, never the plunderer.
AE: I know your type.
AE: What makes a good pirate?
AE: This show is like Survivor, but there's none of that whining, "You promised you'd watch my back" after someone gets burned. A pirate is supposed to be a liar.