Thursday, September 21, 2006

Dishonoring the dead to get your name in the news?

Cousteau: Irwin's tactics 'misleading'

LOS ANGELES -- Marine explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau said Tuesday that while he mourns the recent death of "The Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin, he disagrees with Irwin's hands-on approach to nature television.

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But, he added, Irwin would "interfere with nature, jump on animals, grab them, hold them, and have this very, very spectacular, dramatic way of presenting things. Of course, it goes very well on television. It sells, it appeals to a lot people, but I think it's very misleading. You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years - a lot many more years that he's been alive - and I don't mess with nature."


That's why he was beloved by millions, and why everyone tuned in. His passion and enthusiasm permeated his life's work, and naturally drew attention, if no one else, than the ones going "what in the world is this nut doing? I think I'll stay and watch him get eaten."

And that's why nobody watches you, Mr. Cousteau, and your condemnation-laced shows. You're BORING. So much are you neglected that you must demean the dearly departed to get your name in the news. Back off and let the world mourn in peace.

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