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Name: The National Geographic Channel
Occupation: cable channel
Last Seen: Washington, DC
Bee-otched For: making me proud that I don't have cable
126 years ago, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a rich dude who helped to create AT&T and father-in-law to Alexander Graham Bell founded the National Geographic Society as a foundation that inspired people to care about the environment and to move them closer to other worlds. Its National Geographic Magazine reaches five million readers monthly and its membership is some 8.5 million people.
Although Hubbard should be happy about how National Geographic has evolved over the years, he should be spinning in his grave knowing that the cable channel that the society owns is just another channel loaded with trashy reality shows aimed towards those with a room temperature IQ.
On Sunday, The Rev. Jamie Coots, the Kentucky pastor whose snake-handling efforts made him a star on the channel's Snake Salvation died from, well, a snakebite. He was 41 years old. Coots' association with serpents is because of the Bible verse Mark 16:17-18: "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Other shows on NetGeo include Rocket City Rednecks and Polygamy, USA, but it does seem that most of the shows on the channel do attract the above-average IQ'd readers of NatGeo. But remember, a portion of the channel is owned by.... Fox.
In 2010, I got into a car accident and because the car I purchased was a clunker, it hit me in the pocket book severely. So, something had to give. Since I was paying $90 monthly for cable, that went bye-bye. Man, what a great decision. Now, part of my bill doesn't go to Honey Boo-Boo, Duck Dynasty or even Snake Salvation even though I would never watch those shows in a billion years. Since then, I've learned how to be a life hacker. If I want to watch something, I'll pirate it. Yes, it's kinda illegal, but my money doesn't belong in Rupert Murdoch's pockets.
And maybe when NatGeo purges all of the trash from their lineup, they'll be the ones getting salvation.
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