Finding Bigfoot, possibly the worst show pretending to be scientific, has premiered its second season on Animal Planet. The show continues to generate ratings for its network and buzz in general pop culture. However, the reviews are not so good. Everyone seems to notice how inadvertently funny it is. You know… what happens when you assume the existence of a creature and then run around looking for it. Sadly, not much has changed in the second season.
Here is a roundup of interesting media coverage.
An article that sums up the foundation of the show is ‘Finding Bigfoot’: Believing in Sasquatch may be more vital than finding him
…the BFRO, and other believers, have put together an FBI-style profile of Bigfoot, detailing pretty much his whole life.
Ranae, the “skeptic” scientist on the Finding Bigfoot team was profiled in this article The Sasquatch Skeptic
“Finding Bigfoot” is trying to verify the existence, or nonexistence, of the hulking creature also referred to as a sasquatch.
“They came to me and asked if I would do this, and I said, ‘Absolutely not!’ ” Holland said. “I was very hesitant to be a scientist affiliated with Bigfoot, let alone being edited any way they wanted.”
The Bigfoot Lunch Club remarked about how they were not satisfied with Ranae’s skeptical role on the show and asked me to contribute a guest post about the role of the token skeptic on such a show. So I did in this piece: Is Ranae just a token skeptic? What it means to be truly skeptical about Finding Bigfoot
Ranae drops the ball by failing to ask probing questions and digging deep; she appears to have fallen into step with Team Squatch. Except for the occasional eye roll and comment, she goes along with the ridiculous, illogical antics on the show. Once again, this may not be her fault, I don’t know.
A true scientific skeptic on the show would make the others look utterly foolish. That’s obviously not what the producers want. The purpose of Finding Bigfoot (for entertainment) would be compromised were someone to scrutinize everything carefully and consider all possibilities. Besides, time schedules simply don’t permit it. That’s one reason why science is incredibly challenging to portray on TV.
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