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?

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Satisfying the blood lust of the TV gods

Alex Honnold skyscraper climb

This is painful. Just awful.

National Geographic is creating, then monetizing a “global TV event” where the drama is simply this: Will Alex Honnold kill himself?

Because if the drama really is about the challenge of climbing up the side of a skyscraper, then hang a safety rope off Alex’s back to prevent him from dying.

But death is the point, isn’t it? Without the potential to deliver a fresh corpse on live TV, Howard Owens & Da Boyz at the National Geographic Channel (majority owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation) really have no story, do they?

Here’s a question for John Fahey, Chairman & CEO of the National Geographic Society, whose job is to safeguard the future of NGS:

Imagine that Alex kills himself.
How will you explain the Society’s central role in his death?

John clearly can not say to the media: “Cable TV is a very competitive entertainment space, so periodically we must bring forward a young adrenaline junkie like Alex, and offer him as a blood sacrifice to (temporarily) slake the thirst of the TV gods. Such global spectacles not only draw massive crowds, but they also increase our corporate profits and the profits of our “partners” at News Corporation.”  

All that might be true, of course. But John can’t actually say that out loud and in public.

What, then, would John say?

Also: Why are U.S. taxpayers still providing 501(c)3 tax-exempt status to the National Geographic Society when the organization is willing to make millions of dollars for itself — and for Rupert Murdoch — by staging and globally televising Alex Honnold’s possible death?

Rupert Murdoch laughs

John Fahey National Geographic



Note to National Geographic:
Sexual slavery is not a “lifestyle.” It’s slavery.

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John Fahey National Geographic


Parody of a parody

Which one is the real “reality” show?


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John Fahey National Geographic

(For more parodies from WNET Thirteen, see this.)

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.”

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It’s funny because it’s true

Remember back in November when David Lyle, CEO of the National Geographic Channel, appeared at an international conference for documentary producers, and went head-to-head with John Wilson, a Senior Vice President at PBS? It was a breathtaking moment: National Geographic, which once proudly showcased its award-winning documentaries on PBS, was presented as the counterpoint to PBS in a Low Road vs. High Road debate.

Evidently, the folks at PBS think this distinction is worth emphasizing (and I’m afraid they’re right):

For more details, see this

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do

Then again, maybe they do know.
{ How can they not? }


Jenny Daly, president of T Group (quoted above), includes the following TV shows on her production credits: “Fashionista Diaries” for Soapnet, “Night Club Confessions” for Fox Reality and “Pageant Mom’s Unleashed” for E! Entertainment.  Also: “Love is in the Heir”, “Fight For Fame”, “Last Bride Standing”, “Starveillance,” “Diary of an Affair,” “Fake-A-Date,” “Friend or Foe,” and “Party Crashers.”

Given that resumé, Ms. Daly seems like the obvious choice to handle a six-part National Geographic series about faith-based communities.


How many people of faith will these four men
be able to offend in six hours?
Stay tuned…


As National Geographic’s content converges
on a single digital device,
John Fahey will discover that his grand Brand strategy —
high road in the Magazine, low road on TV —
is dishonest and unsustainable.


Mike Parfit: “It’s a cynical pursuit of financial stability.”


Posted at The Missoulian on May 2,2013.
Read the whole story by reporter Rob Chaney here.

Life imitates parody

Which is the parody?



… or this?


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