August 27, 2009
Chad Love: Fake Survival Shows
By Chad Love
Telegenic, rock-jawed survival studs are all the rage on television. Bear Grylls and Les Stroud are the most prominent. (Of the two it seems most F&S readers prefer Les to Bear citing the fact that Les seems more genuine and doesn't make the rest of us feel fat and inadequate when he takes off his clothes.)
However, judging by your comments, many of you dislike survival shows altogether. While they can be ridiculous, I think anything that gets kids off their butts and interested in the outdoors can't be all bad.
But whatever your opinion, I think we can all agree the time is ripe for some witty smarta**s to lampoon the survival show genre. Take, for example, the video below, starring one of the Vice magazine founders, Gavin McInnes. This spoof was shot for Teva.
It's a damn funny send-up of nature shows, but it gets even funnier, in a life-imitates-art way, when you read this
From the story:
I have written in the past about the various fake "wild man in the wilderness" shows, from National Geographic's phony 'Wolf Man' stunt to the contrived toxicity of the poisonous snakes routinely handled by Steve Irwin, to the absolutely ridiculous fakery of Bear Grylls whose advice will almost always kill or maim you in short order. The latest bit of idiocy comes from Channel 4 in the U.K., which sent "adventurer" Ed Wardle into the Canadian wilderness armed with a rifle, a fishing rod, and a well-stocked pack. Seven weeks later, he had to be airlifted out of the woods because he was starving.
So here's my question: who would you rather be trapped with in the wilderness? Fake Teva Guy survival expert or real (fake) TV guy survival expert? Give me your reasons why or why not...