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Published on 13 Nov 2014 | over 2 years ago

"“You have to go in head first” when getting eaten alive by an anaconda, according to the Discovery Channel’s sneak peak of Eaten Alive, its newest affront to televised science. On Dec. 7, Discovery will air one brave man’s quest into (and back out of) the belly of the beast—an anaconda, to be exact. This move is only the newest entry in a growing collection of pseudoscience and outright fiction clogging the airwaves of the once-educational TV channel.

On its surface, watching a “naturalist and wildlife filmmaker” survive feeding himself to a giant snake in the Amazon sounds pretty awesome—unless, of course, you’re the giant snake. But it’s gratuitous cruelty. If this were an attempt to understand snake digestion, the filmmakers could easily feed the snake a camera. If this were about gawking at a snake eating something huge, there’s always that YouTube video of the python eating a crocodile—a true act of nature wherein no animal was duped into wasting its energy eating (and then regurgitating) a guy who covered himself in pig’s blood. Discovery has already shot the program, and it says both man and snake are alive and well. In fact, stuntman Paul Rosolie has been tweeting about the program."*

Watch a trailer for the show and read more here: news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/11/sorry-discovery-channel-a-man-getting-eaten-alive-by-an-anaconda-is-an-affront-to-science/

Ana Kasparian (www.twitter.com/anakasparian) and Cenk Uygur (www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) of The Young Turks discuss. Cenk and Ana go on to discuss whether or not there is any educational benefit to the show. Will you watch the show? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Kim Kardashian, Lion Attack, Eaten Alive & Stupidity Virus - The Young Turks 11/12/2014 Social Commentary
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