Monday, September 04, 2006

No way......

The Crocodile Hunter died!

OK, D and I are currently debating the surprise factor of this bizarre piece of news. I'm honestly a little surprised and he's.....not. Not even a tiny bit.

I guess I just thought that this guy has done crazy stunts for so long and built an entire empire around his wacky ways that he was really being more careful than it seemed. The man is a father! Was I sucked in by the sur-reality of TV? Though I only saw this guy when I accidentally stumbled upon his show, I always got the impression that it was as much a nature show as an act. I mean there is so little authenticity in TV that I had no reason to think otherwise, right? It always seemed so put on and over the top that it never occurred to me that this guy was really just betting on the idea that a thick layer of stupidity provides some sort of protection from the laws of nature. (I suppose that's possible, seeing as Bush not only survived childhood, he lived to graduate college! Darwin be damned!)

Anyway, I just thought I'd throw that out there. Am I alone in my rose-colored view of TV? Has grim reality finally taken over, leaving behind that childhood revelation that the blood on screen was only red goo?
Just for fun.


G.J. McCarthy said...

I think I'm sort of in between you two. While I have to admit I thought his years of giving snakes "Indian Sunburns" and slapping croc's asses would catch up to him, this really is a shock. I feel really sorry for the guy's family and friends.

Incidentally, there's an interesting Christian Science Monitor article that briefly touches on "Aussie" reaction to his reenforcement of the "Crocodile Dundee-esque" stereotype:

The link in your post doesn't work, by the way ...

tiny robot said...

Death by stingray? What a way to go.

I suppose Steve Irwin wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

baby guanaco said...

I remember when rock was young
Me and suzie had so much fun
Holding hands and skimming stones
Had an old gold chevy and a place of my own
But the biggest kick I ever got
Was doing a thing called the crocodile rock
While the other kids were rocking round the clock
We were hopping and bopping to the crocodile rock

baby guanaco said...

everyone gets song lyrics fron the guanaco today!

on your question though, i guess i'm not shocked about being shocked--if that makes any sense at all. i'm not shocked that something like this would happen to him, but i am shocked about how they said it happened exactly; and well, 44 is an early age for for a spry young man to die.

i do get what you're saying about the whole unreality/stupidity of what's created by the everlovin' TV. the PoMos would say that our feelings are symptoms of the postmodern condition. crazy French guys.

DM said...

P.S. I really am sorry he died. sarcastic comments aside

tiny robot said...

Turns out his wife turned down an offer of a state funeral for her late husband! Crikey!

Stella Artois said...

Sorry about the croc guy. Hope this comment gets in. We are fine. My foot is healing nicely, Katy is fine but depressed about Nadal's loss in the US open. Don;t forget to watch the Steelers play the firest game on NBC on Thursday night. love, Mom

Katy A said...

HEY CHOCH FACE!! I got a blog for school. The PR one is for class, but it's interesting I guess. The other one will be my real blog where I will discuss at great length the more pressing issues of our day. Or maybe just how hot nadal looked in black and red at the US Open.