So I had a post semi-written for today, but I got distracted by mermaids and the gullibility of people, and decided to post about that instead.
Mermaid: The Body Found.
Apparently it aired last week (not having cable, I hadn’t heard about it until now). Since we spoke about conspiracy theories a few days ago, it only seems fitting I address this. I couldn’t find the trailer on You Tube, so here’s the link to it (and please note the comments, which are the best part). If you didn’t just watch the trailer, then skip the rest of this and jump to the video. Have I mentioned I am deathly afraid of sharks? I can’t even look at a picture of one without getting goose bumps. Ridiculous, but true. Even the crappy cgi sharks in the trailer gave me the heebie jeebies, which is absurd, because one part of my brain is thinking, how did anyone believe this? While the other is saying, watch out!
And here’s the snippet of the mockumentary in which some kids find a mer-creature washed ashore:
The first clue people should have had that this was a fake was when the kid poked the half-dead merman. The initial reaction to seeing a never before seen creature is not to poke it, that only happens in movies. And we all know poking something that appears dead will lead to you being eaten alive by a monster/zombie/crazed serial killer.
The point of my post is that people watched this and thought it was true.
Yes, I’ve openly stated I believe the Loch Ness Monster could exist, so I suppose if you want to argue there are mermaids too, then okay (but seriously, you really believe that? Nessy is a leftover dinosaur, which is logical. Half man, half fish creatures? Well, if you say so). I’m not bothered that there are folks out there that apparently believe in mermaids, my problem is that they think they watched a documentary that revealed some mermaid cover up by the government, on Animal Planet.
Geez, I’m not even sure what to say, except that Orsen Welles would be proud. Look, I didn’t watch the show. However, it is my understanding there were disclaimers that it was science fiction. And honestly? Even if there weren’t, who believes that something as fantastical as the existence of mermaids is going to be introduced to the world via a cable television show? I don’t know how scientists, or the government, or whoever would be in charge, might decide to release such information to the public, but I’m guessing it would be something a tad more official than Animal Planet.
I think we need to give a big ass kudos to whatever exec gave this show the green light. It was the most watched show they’ve aired since the Steve Irwin memorial. Two million people tuned in, and it has spawned a number of articles written by people upset with the channel for giving credence to what is essentially science fiction. You know what the network peeps are saying? Nothing, they had a record viewing, and now they are all doing a money dance.
I think we’ve just seen the future, my friends. I am seriously considering making all the characters in my new book mer-people. Who cares if almost none of it takes place in water? Did you see the merman in the video? He was alive, and if Animal Planet says they can live out of water, then it must be true. Screw zombies and vampire hunters, mer-creatures are where it’s at.
It’s going to be a best seller.