Stephen Colbert weighs in on Shark Week.

August 8th, 2009 6:40 pm by Kelly Garbato

Okay, that’s it. I’m now convinced that there’s a vegan, vegetarian or animal advocate of some stripe on The Colbert Report payroll. This segment is just too spot on to have been written by an unrepentant speciesist.

In just three minutes, Colbert touches upon several important points:

1 – Sensationalist predator programming like “Shark Week” perpetuates the myth that many wild-living animals, including sharks, are dangerous creatures who are out to get us. They are to be feared – and also dominated, conquered and killed. It’s “us or them,” right?

2 – The Discovery Channel is doubly irresponsible in its demonization of species which are largely endangered.

3 – Promoting shark “conservation” during Shark Week commercial breaks? Batshit insanity! (Can I say that? Is “batshit insane” a speciesist phrase? Any vegan linguists in the house?)

4 – Humans pose a much greater threat to other humans than do sharks. In fact, humans pose the greatest threat to all life. We’re the ultimate monsters, yo.

5 – Mainstream media: FAIL.


Videos in this post:

The Colbert Report – Wednesday, August 5, 2009 – Human Week
Since sharks don’t kill that many people, the Discovery Channel should replace their Shark Week with Human Week. (03:13)



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7 Responses to “Stephen Colbert weighs in on Shark Week.”

  1. Elaine Vigneault Says:

    Eh, I’m not convinced.
    I still like Colbert, though :)

  2. Kelly G. Says:

    Though, I think we can safely rule out the Sonic guy.

  3. ARPhilo Says:

    I think you might be safe with “batshit insane” being that it is talking about feces and not the bat him/herself. Shit is always a decent insult without prejudice because no one’s shit smells like roses ;-)

  4. Kelly G. Says:

    Yes, that’s what I was thinking – batshit is similar to bullshit (or just plain shit) – but I wonder how/why it came to be paired up with “insane”? Like, could the reason be at all specific to bats?…

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