Bear Grylls is a Fake
I’m a bit disappointed, but not all that surprised. Although, Justin was probably more cynical than me when we were first exposed to Man vs. Wild via Bachy’s shed. But while watching it more and more, Justin’s admiration of Bear grew to mancrush proportions. Now his faith in everything has been shaken. It’s like when I found out Catherine Bell was a Scientologist.
Bear is still a world-class badass, but it’s just not cool that Man vs. Wild isn’t quite what it has claimed to be. Survivorman is apparently the only real deal out there. I’ve never watched it, but I know it’s some Canadian dude named Les who basically lies around as much as possible for 7 days – but he doesn’t have a camera crew supporting him. In fact, he carries around his own bunch of cameras, making his job of surviving only tougher.
For anyone doubting the claims that have been made about Bear sleeping in cabins, having his raft built for him, or having trained horses brought to a field, the nail in the coffin is that Discovery Channel will be airing the show’s existing episodes with disclaimers, explaining that Bear is full of shit. Now this doesn’t take away the fact that Bear is the youngest Briton to climb Everest and come back alive, or that he crossed the North Atlantic with only four other guys, but his badass factor definitely went down a few points. I hate reality TV, but fake reality TV is even worse – and that’s pretty godawful.