If you got online any time during the day on Monday, you’d have discovered a ton of ticked off folks on Twitter ripping into the Discovery Channel for failing to put on the nature spectacle they promised viewers when naturalist Paul Rosolie backed down from allowing a terrifyingly large anaconda to swallow him whole.
I’m pretty sure I’d have had a change of heart too, along with a change of pants.
From Daily Mail:
An American naturalist filmed himself being ‘eaten alive’ by a snake for a TV stunt – but is now facing ridicule for getting his safety team to save him after just part of his head was consumed.
In footage aired on the Discovery Channel on Sunday night – it airs on UK TV on Friday – 27-year-old Paul Rosolie and his 10-strong team tracked down the 20ft-long, 18st anaconda to the headwaters of the Amazon river.
Donning a black armored suit, slathered in pig blood, Mr Rosolie then moved tentatively ‘on all fours’ toward the enormous beast as the cameras rolled and his wife, Gowri, watched.
Seconds later, the female anaconda – one of the world’s most fearsome creatures – pounced on its 5ft 9ins victim, latching on to his head, before constricting his arms and body.
However, as Mr Rosolie felt his arm ‘start to break’ under the snake’s grip, he ordered his team of fellow naturalists, doctors and vets to save him – with just the top of his head in the animal’s jaws.
Within minutes of the show, named ‘Eaten Alive’, being broadcast, people across America were taking to social networking sites to express their disappointment at the highly anticipated footage.
The real question we should all be asking is who in their right mind thought this was a good idea to begin with?
What kind of person wakes up in the morning and says, “My new goal in life is to be the first human being to be swallowed whole by an anaconda on national television?”
I mean, it’s a pretty boneheaded idea, right?
Unfortunately, Rosolie may never be able to show his face in public again, as the massive criticism he’s receiving online is pretty brutal. It’s likely we’ll see his mug forever hanging in the “Hall of Shame,” along with his freshly confiscated man-card.
Poor guy. I almost feel sorry for him. Almost.