National Geographic Channel Drops Melissa Bachman From Program After Petition Deems Her a ‘Heartless Trophy Hunter’
Do you watch the National Geographic Channel? If so, you might want to rethink your viewing habits. From this story...
Do you watch the National Geographic Channel? If so, you might want to rethink your viewing habits.
From this story on hollywoodreporter.com:
National Geographic Channel has dropped a planned participant from its upcoming series Ultimate Survivor Alaska after more than 13,000 people signed an online petition calling for the ouster of what they deemed a “heartless trophy hunter.” Known as the “Hardcore Huntress,” Melissa Bachman is a producer and co-host of outdoor TV efforts, according to her website, who has hunted and filmed around the world, including big game across North America, with a collection of images depicting her with bears, boar, turkeys and more in her “trophy room.”
According to the story, Bachman was canned after a Florida resident started an online petition demanding National Geographic drop Bachman from the show due to her hunting background.
From the story: _An online petition posted by Florida resident Tim Martell on Change.org blasted Nat Geo for abandoning its “traditional stance of conservation and protection for a partnership with a trophy killer” and called Bachman a “heartless trophy hunter” responsible for killing “hundreds of animals without purpose.” It collected more than 13,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
And it apparently worked, because Bachman was quickly dumped. Now I must admit that I have no clue who Melissa Bachman is or what she does. But I am puzzled mightily by the fact that she was dropped from a show called “Ultimate Survivor Alaska” because she has a background as a…hunter? I mean, how the hell do you “Ultimately Survive” in a place like Alaska? By being the best at tending your vegetable garden? It’s freakin’ Alaska, for cryin’ out loud!
Thoughts? Reaction? If you were planning on watching the show, will this make you rethink that decision?