Has anyone noticed how television has been inundated with so-called “reality” TV shows that attempt to glamorize the most putrid and vile elements of rural America? Hog killers, alligator killers, rednecks fishing in the Arctic, rednecks driving on ice, human baby factories, polygamy, and a pedophiles dream in the form of child “beauty” pageants. This is what once great educational channels such as History, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, and National Geographic have become. Exploitation shows that attempt to turn vile rural slobs into celebrities. That may sound harsh, but how else can it be described? Is this how decent rural Americans want to be portrayed?
Why do I bring up this rant? Take a look at this upcoming program from the Discovery Channel:
In Discovery Channel’s all-new one-hour special “Ted Nugent’s Gun Country”, premiering October 10 at 10 p.m. EDT, viewers will get an inside look at American gun culture through the eyes of staunch second amendment defender Ted Nugent. Meet Nugent’s family and visit his sprawling Spirit Wild ranch just outside Waco, Texas, home to many species of big game that freely roam the meadows and pastures.
An avid hunter and conservationist at heart, Ted has his eye on the herd of scimitar-horned oryx that have bred far faster than he anticipated. Knowing the land can’t support the booming population, he plans to thin out the herd — and that sends him on a mission. He needs the right firearm and right ammo to get the job done. For that, it’s a trip to top-grade firearms maker LaRue Tactical.
What? This twice convicted poacher is given a television program on the Discovery Channel to show his canned hunting exploits? Conservationist? Breeding tame endangered animals behind high fences only to be killed by chicken-hawks like Nugent is “conservation” and worthy of of a slot on the Discovery Channel? Do gun nuts really think that this is good for their cause? On second though go ahead and show what this guy is really all about. Show what canned hunting is really all about. And finally show what right wing gun nuts like Nugent are really all about. Last night’s South Park episode asked if the bar for “reality television” can get any lower. I guess we now have our answer.