Animals Get the Paparazzi Treatment

Posted in Blog on Jun 03, 2010

(from Mom Culture’s blog on Metro magazine)

metrologoIf animals knew how they were being depicted on television, there would be an uprising.

For one thing, Animal Planet’s line-up reads like a Stephen King novel. Remember when the scariest thing about animals was watching Jim on “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” try to tread softly, lest he scare a family of turtle doves?

And these poor animals are getting the paparazzi treatment: video is taken of them unknowingly while they go about their daily routine, and then convoluted statements are made about what they’re doing to make it seem sinister.

I’ve been attempting to tune into Animal Planet because my 4-year-old is into animals and likes to learn about them. Sure, we read books, but sometimes it’s fun to see them doing stuff.

I turn on Animal Planet thinking there will be a sweet show about dolphins or cavorting monkeys, but more often than not, the show is a cross between One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Friday the 13th with animal stars.