Innovation vs. titillation

National Geographic may no longer be on the cutting edge of photography and photojournalism, but our Society is second to none when it comes to simulated bestiality:

Why do wild animals matter more than “gypsies”?

Last month, Dr. Ian Hancock and other senior members of the Romani community lodged a formal protest with John Fahey and National Geographic’s Board of Trustees about American Gypsies, a new series on the National Geographic Channel.

“Your program is racist, slanderous, degrading, and possibly illegal,” Dr. Hancock wrote to Mr. Fahey, Chairman & CEO of National Geographic. “Stop making money by persecuting my people.”

Here is John Fahey’s response:

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For contrast, consider the uproar last week over plans for a new show on the National Geographic Channel, which was to feature hunter Melissa Bachman:

 These online protests shamed National Geographic into removing Ms. Bachman from the program:

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John Fahey National Geographic

Dear John,
 Why do animal rights matter here,
 but human rights don’t?

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.

Jeff Collins: Insults, a threat… and then silence

For several weeks, I’ve been trying to get an interview with Jeff Collins, the executive producer of National Geographic’s TV series Meet The Hutterites. I asked Jeff, via Twitter, for an online Q&A; I called his office to try and set up a time to talk; and I made a formal interview request via the media relations folks at the National Geographic Channel. But no luck.

Best I can tell, Jeff Collins has no interest in describing exactly how he produced his reality TV series — even though shedding some light on what happened behind the scenes at Montana’s King Ranch Colony, where the series was shot, would probably help end the controversy that’s been swirling around the show for months.

Early this week, via Twitter, I once again asked Jeff why he refused to discuss the making of “MTH” (Meet The Hutterites). His response: insults and a threat.

Trying to maintain a positive tone, I replied:

Within 24 hours, Jeff disappeared — and shut down his Twitter account:

For those of us who had been chatting with Jeff on Twitter… well, we were puzzled:

Seeking honest answers to fair questions in a public venue clearly upset Jeff, which tells you most of what you need to know about the making of Meet The Hutterites.

Then again, Jeff may have simply taken a page from National Geographic’s increasingly familiar communications playbook: When confronted with uncomfortable questions, remain silent until the questions go away.

John Fahey National Geographic

Watch as our Society pursues its official mission:
“To inspire people to care about the planet”

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John Fahey rarely, if ever, gives interviews.
But we’re requesting one — partly to ask him this question:
How does AMERICAN GYPSIES further
the National Geographic Society’s official mission:
“To inspire people to care about the planet”?

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You can help us get an answer
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332 more people like Dear John: Let’s Talk but we can’t include their names.
(They’re either not on Facebook, or they’ve asked to remain anonymous.)
If you’re in the same boat, please email me
alan [at] societymatters [dot] org
and I’ll increase the total tally by one.

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≡  Photo of toilet & TV, plus caption, via Boycott American Gypsies on Instagram

National Geographic TV producer Jeff Collins: “This has played out exactly as I hoped it would.”

Here’s Jeff Collins, executive producer of Meet the Hutteries,
in a blog post on his website in May:

Here are some of the Hutterites,
expressing their deep regrets
about their participation in this so-called “documentary”:

And here’s Jeff Collins again,
less than three months later,
surveying the controversy and all the damaged lives:

John Fahey rarely, if ever, gives interviews.
But we’re requesting one — partly to ask him this question:
Why is the National Geographic Society
silent during this media mugging?

You can help us get an answer to this question
by clicking Like, below.

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331 more people like Dear John: Let’s Talk but we can’t include their names.
(They’re either not on Facebook, or they’ve asked to remain anonymous.)
If you’re in the same boat, please email me
alan [at] societymatters [dot] org
and I’ll increase the total tally by one.

Why people hate the media…

… and how that’s affecting the National Geographic Society.




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≡   The “winners have parties, losers have meetings” quote from David Lyle can be found here.
≡   The tweet from Jeff Collins is here.
≡   The Associated Press (via NPR) story is here

Watch our Society alienate the “younger demographic”

Jeff Collins & the burning of the “barn”

Jeff Collins, executive producer of National Geographic’s American Colony: Meet the Hutterites, recently did a publicity interview on a Billings, Montana, radio station. (The series was shot in Montana.)

Unfortunately, Mr. Collins is peddling a rather… well, let’s say a “painfully incomplete” account of what happened during the making of Meet The Hutterites:

This is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Much more coming soon….

A peek into the mind of Jeff Collins, TV producer

{ Warning: Crude language }

Meet Peter Hoefer, who says he’s an ex-Hutterite:

Here’s how Peter talks on Twitter:

And so on.

Here’s Peter Hoefer pitching an idea for a TV series
to the producers of American Colony: Meet the Hutterites,
a new series on the National Geographic Channel.
Jeff Collins is the series’ executive producer.  

Keep on keepin’ it classy, Jeff!  

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