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The end of Taboo?

No formal announcement seems to have been released by National Geographic. But the Channel’s Twitter stream reveals this interesting item: Taboo USA, which has been one of the Channel’s most offensive shows, may have finally been shuttered:


The question, of course, is why? Could it be the popular backlash to this sort of programming?

BDSM Facebook comments

Serving deep-fried dreck to the masses while dining on lobster tail

Tonight, in primetime,
from 8 to 10pm:

Sex - How it works

Then, at 10pm, this:


Shows about male prostitutes
are served up for the masses, of course.
They’re not really intended
for our Society’s leaders,
who prefer a far more refined diet.
Last week at the National Building Museum,
they gathered to celebrate the Society’s 125th anniversary
beneath tasteful images of wildlife.
On the dinner menu: chilled 
lobster-tail medallions,
roast bison filet, Pavlova, and champagne:
NGS gala at National Building Museum

June 13, 2013: The National Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary gala
at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Mind experiment: Why isn’t there
a wall-sized mural at this dinner
of Tommy the Male Prostitute?
You know, something to pay homage
to the types of TV programs that are paying for…
well, for all that lobster tail:
Tommy the male prostitute mural

Doesn’t Tommy the Male Prostitute deserve some respect for all he does to support our Society?

Meanwhile, back on the Channel,
the masses keep getting served stuff like this:


Our Society — and our society — can do
so much better than this.


P.S. via Twitter:

Twitter Taboo plague asteroid

Retweeted by National Geographic,
whose mission is
“to inspire people to care about the planet.”

Rupert Murdoch laughsJohn Fahey National Geographic

The Death of a Major Media Brand (cont’d)

On Facebook, people react to National Geographic’s
new primetime BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) show,
and they are not amused. BDSM Facebook comments


John Fahey National Geographic____

This BDSM stuff is evidently part of a continuing series:
Watch as National Geographic’s family-friendly brand
continues its breathtaking implosion,
while a powerful media magnate laughs
all the way to the bank

Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism & The Silent, Submissive CEO

New season, new episode:

Taboo BDSM pony play


John Fahey National Geographic

Feeding the fascist within

In a Nazi-style cap, black jacket, and black boots, Lillian treats “Tyke” like a dog while giving him orders in German… all brought to you in prime time by the National Geographic Society.

Our Society’s perverse fascination with fascism reminds us of the olden daze, when National Geographic gave Hitler glowing reviews for his fine work in Germany:

Read the backstory here.

Watch as National Geographic’s family-friendly brand continues its breathtaking implosion, while a powerful media magnate laughs all the way to the bank

Daddy, did you see those two ladies?
Why are they dressed up like puppies?
And why is one of the ladies on a doggie leash?


For details on how much money 
the National Geographic Channel is generating
by slapping our Society’s good name on its tabloid fare, 

please see Our Society, by the numbers.

Watch our Society alienate the “younger demographic”

NatGeoChannel: Keepin’ it classy (parts 5, 6 & 7)

Part 5:


Part 6:


Part 7:
Celebrity Excrement

“The principles and mission of National Geographic….”

Back in March, John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of National Geographic, talked to Bob Garfield, co-host of On The Media, about the tabloid-style programs on the National Geographic Channel (which is owned by News Corp):

Here’s the splash screen for the new season of Taboo beginning Sunday, June 17 at 10pm:

Journey beyond your comfort zone to explore behaviors and lifestyles that are acceptable in some cultures but forbidden, illegal or reviled in others. The eighth season of Taboo features more incredible stories, including sellers of “murderabilia,” a culture that encourages young women to have sex in “love huts”, and a community that breaks open the doors of family tombs, removing bundled corpses of ancestors, and then dancing and drinking rum in celebration.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is the majority owner of the National Geographic Channel.

“Nothing is out of bounds”: David Lyle, Chase Carey, and the drumbeat from News Corp headquarters

David Lyle, CEO of the National Geographic Channel, just announced his upfront slate for 2012-2013 (via RealScreen):

David Lyle

New series include 

  • Jersey Combat (10 x 60 minutes, airing globally), which follows the action in the world’s largest military warehouse, located in New Jersey
  • Bid & Destroy (12x 30 minutes, U.S. only), which documents the activities of the Danley Demolition Company, which looks for hidden treasures in demolition sites
  • Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? (6 x 60 minutes, U.S. only). Here, adult “civilians” will compete with actual boy scouts in challenges pulled from the Scouts handbook.
  • Brain Games, a mix of interactive experiments and brain teasing challenges as a 12 x 30-minute series, produced by National Geographic Television (NGT), and airing globally
  • American Chainsaw (8 x 30 minutes, global), and featuring chainsaw sculptor and hard rock frontman Jesse “The Machine” Green

Returning series include

  • Alaska State Troopers
  • Border Wars
  • Doomsday Preppers
  • Hard Time
  • Locked Up Abroad
  • Rocket City Rednecks
  • Taboo

Specials include

  • the 120-minute Deepsea Challenge, which follows filmmaker and adventurer James Cameron as he takes the plunge 6.8 miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in a single-pilot submersible. (Cameron successfully completed the voyage last night.)
  • America vs. Iraq features interviews with Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and other pivotal figures in the Iraq War
  • Inside the Afghanistan War features ground-level footage taken during the conflict
  • a celebration marking the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society
  • Dragon Wars: Fire and Fury
  • Maya Underworld: The Real Doomsday
  • The Secret Life of Predators
  • the return of the National Geographic Bee, hosted by Alex Trebek
  • Sex – How it Works
  • When Earth Attacks

Event programming on the way for NGC includes:

  • The 80s: The Decade that Made Us
  • Killing Lincoln, based on a book by Bill O’Reilly [of Fox News]
  • ‘Treasure Week,’ designed to document the exploits of explorers and archaeologists
  • ‘Secret Access Week,’ which promises “unprecedented access to everything you never knew existed”

… Lyle says the upcoming slate should provide ample evidence to producers that both NGC and Nat Geo Wild are extending their reaches and adopting a “nothing is out of bounds” attitude.

That attitude may seem like an odd one for the National Geographic Society, which has long had a sense of “in bounds” and “out of bounds.”

Chase Carey, COO of News Corp

But the National Geographic Channel is a News Corp property. Here’s Chase Carey — the COO of News Corp and Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man — who recently addressed an investor conference in Palm Beach, Florida (via The Hollywood Reporter):

Amid a discussion about News Corp.’s cable networks, Carey said that the National Geographic Channel has a lot more upside. Compared to non-fiction juggernaut Discovery, “we are not even close,” he said. The goal must be to get the right programming for the network, Carey added.

Why doesn’t John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society, publicly address what the Channel should be showcasing? Why doesn’t he stand up and say: “Actually, boys, some things are out of bounds.”

Because the National Geographic Society doesn’t control the National Geographic Channel; News Corp does.

John Fahey National Geographic

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