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Monday, June 4, 2012

Animal Planet's Mermaid Documentary Hoax

About a week ago, my mother and I sat down and watched a really entertaining documentary on Animal Planet called Mermaids: The Body Found.
It was very entertaining and even chilling at times (note: I don't get creeped out easily) but you could tell that it was all 100% reenactment. They try to trick you with the interviews by using other people to play the person being interviewed, like a real documentary would.

I am absolutely against their pushing this as a factual documentary. Did they warn viewers that it was actually all speculative? I didn't see a notice anywhere. That's very shady of them. And to prove my point further, they created these idiotic fake websites and made it look like DOJ had seized the site. How pathetic! This is the Fourth Kind all over again. Here's their site: http://believeinmermaids.com/
Anyone who knows anything about HTML codes will see that the DOJ notice is also a fake (is that even LEGAL!?) It's hosted on their own server and this isn't how DOJ operates with websites.

Put more eloquently by columnist Brad Newsome of The Syndey Morning Herald:
"The version that I saw doesn't even do viewers the courtesy of admitting that it's fake until the credits are about to roll," and dismissed the "aquatic ape" theory, a real hypothesis first proposed in 1942 and presented in the show, as "rather fringe." He also wrote, "People love that sort of stuff, I get it. But it belongs on more tabloid channels that don't have any pretensions of scientific or historical credibility."
Don't misunderstand, as surely some probably do. Obviously the avatar looking "mermaids" were computer created. Also, it's obvious that the cell footage is recreated. That's not my point. The point that they would make up scientists, fake interviews and then do reenactments of something that was already fake is just pathetic.

Animal Planet and anyone else who partakes in making fake documentaries and trying to fool people immediately loses credibility. Do you know of anyone who enjoys being made a fool of? I don't. How arrogant of them. I wonder what other fake documentary they've got up their sleeves. It was fun to watch though. Maybe they should just stick to making  mockumentaries.

This mockumentary would have done very well to air on SyFy... seriously. For a moment I forgot I was watching Animal Planet, and thought I was watching SyFy. Also, I would have been far less peeved.

Resources:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1816585/
http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/mermaids.asp

7 comments:

  1. It's called a Mockumentary and there have been a few of them over the years, The ones that immediately come to mind, one called "alien planet' about, you guessed it! an an expedition to an alien planet, and the other, I can't recall the name of, was about dragon, it was advertised as a 'What if documentary' I don't think any one is trying to pass these false documentaries off as real. It's just supposed to be an interesting movie! (i think!) They could be making them to ensure our population stays as misinformed as possible! Who knows?

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    1. Yes I understand that it's a mockumentary... I just feel it would have done even better on the SyFy network.

      I wasn't saying it wasn't entertaining. It gets an A+ in that department. I just think they worked a little too hard in trying to convince the viewers before it even started that this was based on reality.
      Kinda shady if you ask me.

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  3. Ok, first of all, I love this blog. I just found it trying to research Amy Allen from "The Dead Files". I really wanted to comment on that particular blog but comments are closed. I was watching "Oddities: San Francisco" last Saturday and I swear that one of the "owners" of that store is Amy Allen aka Audra on "Oddities: San Francisco"!! Has anyone else made this connection?

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    1. Hi, thank you. I googled her and found a photo/bio: http://science.discovery.com/tv/oddities-san-francisco/meet-the-staff.html

      I don't think it's the same person. Similar style though. You know, that annoying Progressive-Girl look. lol

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  4. ps I don't feel this programme quite comes under the category of mockumentary either. Mockumentaries tend to use a 'sending up' / comedy /mocking approach whereas this programme had a totally different aim.

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  5. Nice writeup. I just got done watching a replay of this program on television, caught it about half way through the program and instantly got hooked. It was indeed quite interesting.

    With that said, Animal Planet should stick to real programs. Or if they are going to do 'speculative fiction' ... don't make such an elaborate piece that obviously is trying to fool people into thinking it's 100% real.

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