Replacing David Attenborough with Oprah, FAIL

Seriously Discovery Channel, why? WHY!?

Why do you feel the need to replace the narration of acclaimed and beloved naturalist David Attenborough for the US version of ‘Life‘; the new mega-documentary from the producers of ‘Planet Earth’? Do you think that Americans are so dumb and xenophobic that we cannot listen to a narrator with a British accent?

And why the hell do you chose Oprah, of all people, as his replacement!? Would it have killed you to find a naturalist, or at the very least someone with a history of passion and enthusiasm for biology? Hell, your usual Attenborough stand-in, Sigourney Weaver, would have been a much better choice.

Instead we get Oprah; the country’s grandest purveyor of snake oil, woo, and pseudoscience.

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5 Responses to “Replacing David Attenborough with Oprah, FAIL”


  1. 1 Christopher Taylor March 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Mhmff. Hahimff. Ha-BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAA!! Ha. Oh mercy.

    Seriously, though, that’s especially funny as the suggestion was mooted in a discussion I had with colleagues about _Life_ that many of its differences with earlier Attenborough docos were because he was making more of an effort to appeal to the American market.

  2. 2 myrmecos March 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Gaaaahhhh! I never thought I’d say I’d prefer Sigourney Weaver.

    Anyway, you have an awesome blog. I only just discovered it. You’re going straight to the blogroll.

    • 3 Mike Bok March 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it.

      Your insect photography is top notch. I can’t wait until I can afford a decent camera and macro lens. I may have to hit you up for pointers when I do.

  3. 4 myrmecos March 10, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Thanks! The trick is to spend money on lenses and practice but skimp on everything else. SLR camera backs are an infinitesimally small part of image quality relative to the rest of the camera system. And most importantly, the eye of the photographer.


  1. 1 The Discovery Channel FAIL-train heads to Alaska « Arthropoda Trackback on March 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

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