@NatGeoChannel National Geographic
Just announced: Wicked Tuna coming this Spring - high stakes bluefin tuna fishing, inspired by the characters of The Perfect Storm #tca12
Here's my original note of comment:
Tuna fishing should not be presented as anything other than leading to extinction. It should not be glorified and those that do it, even though I know they are hard-working men and women, should not be made into celebrities or heroes.
But still I didn't get it. The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC channel? From a magazine that has brought us stunning documentation of the splendors of the eroding natural world and nature treasures of the world? A magazine that glorified naturalists protecting endangered species?
And then I read this, and got even angrier:
National Geographic Channel, In Race for Bottom, Adds Killing Endangered Species to New Season Entertainment Lineup by Carl Safina
It seems almost like the scenario of a post-apocalyptic surrealist satire, unimaginable just a few years back: National Geographic Channel has been bought out by Fox, is "joint-venturing" with the disgraceful and disgraced Rupert Murdoch, and creating programmes to push Bull O'Reilly's tomes. And, well -- National Geographic Channel will be killing endangered species for entertainment.
They've just announced the new unscripted show: Wicked Tuna.
The first word that comes to mind is: boycott. And I will be writing in. Indignantly.