Monday, March 10, 2008

Bear Grylls vs. The Truth

So, today I came across this video that cracks me up every time I watch it. It is indisputable proof that Bear Grylls from "Man vs. Wild" is not only a fake, but advocates dangerous techniques that could get somebody killed. I wouldn't mind so much if he would admit that what he does is dangerous and unnecessary, and stop trying to pass it off as legitimate survival education. His show belongs in the category of "Jackass" and all the other mindless entertainment of MTV. It turns out that America's thirst for this crap has caused channels like Discovery to replace their edutainment programming for entertainment. Another example is "Smash Lab," which I've been told is like "Myth Busters" without the science. Even "Myth Busters" is overacted at times and dramatic, but at least it still has an educational core. Shame on you, Discovery Channel, for pandering to this audience.

Back to Bear. I remember several reports that he stays in hotels during his "expeditions" and the camera crew helps him out and carries his gear. I have never really researched this because the show seemed so phony that I felt it wasn't worth the time. But after seeing the video, there is not a doubt in my mind that the show is fake and dangerous. Let's fight this disinformation by TURNING IT OFF!

Now for some survival truth:

1. The only safe way to cross lava bridges is with a rope and harness, and should only be done by trained individuals as a last resort.

2. Jumping onto a bridge is never safe and can result in death.

3. Always look for an alternative route.

Without further ado:


JMeesh said...

I saw this a little while back. I always called him a wuss because of the camera crew and then this happened. The truth lies with Les Stroud(survivorman). That is a true man, lugging his own equipment around and such.

Keith Shank said...

Yeah, I like his show; it's actually eduational. And his camera gear isn't light. said...

Good find! Give me Les anyday over the fakers.

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