MythBusters become MythMakers
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There are television commercials running, in heavy rotation, on Discovery
Channel Networks (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel,
Travel Channel, etc.) which show an actor in a bigfoot costume.
"Bigfoot" has a French-Canadian accent.
The costumed actor bemoans the looming threat posed by the MythBusters.
The inference is that "Bigfoot" will be "busted" by
the MythBusters ... so "Bigfoot" has a lot to worry about.
But the commercial does not announce an upcoming episode directed
at the bigfoot subject. Rather, it is a commercial promoting the series
Why would they do this?
It is possible they have an episode on the subject finished and ready
to broadcast, or in production, but there's no available information
to suggest there is an episode (completed, in progress, or even planned).
Moreover, the producers of the show previously stated they weren't
going to do any more episodes on "oogie-boogie monsters" because it
didn't fit with their format. In other words, there was no clever
experiment they could conduct to objectively dispel the legend.
In the early part of 2005, some bigfoot enthusiasts tried to initiate
an email campaign to encourage the producers of MythBusters to debunk
the myth that the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery had been debunked ...
That myth held that "the guy who started the whole thing admitted
on his deathbed that it was all a hoax". The myth arose from confusion
with a deathbed confession related to a famous Loch Ness photo. It
carried over to the bigfoot subject, and was helped along by various
"confessors" who "came forward," to claim they were "the man in the
costume" in the Patterson footage. Subsequently, the adult children
of a deceased maker of cheesey track replicas (which he sold for years
in a roadside tourist shop), claimed their father "started the whole
thing" by faking the first tracks found and cast in Northern California
in the 1950's. It was very easy for bigfoot researchers to show the
falseness of that claim, because the wooden shoes the family displayed
were clearly different in shape from the actual track casts obtained
by Jerry Crew in the 1950's. Later the family admitted that their
father, Ray Wallace, never actually claimed on his deathbed that he
faked the first tracks, but they "just know he did it" ...
The email campaign urged the MythBusters to bust the myth that the
legend had been debunked. They did not urge the MythBusters to bust
the legend. The producers allegedly responded and made it clear they
weren't going to do anything on the subject, because there was no
practical way to approach it.
The many emails may have demonstrated to the MythBuster producers
that IF there was an episode wherein the MythBusters busted the "myth"
of "Bigfoot", lots of people would tune in. So it now appears that
even though the MythBusters are not going to look into the
subject at all, they still want the ratings boost they would receive
if they were going to look into it.
The irony is that they are creating and propagating an urban legend
themselves, in a sense. They are creating the false impression that
they are going to debunk the whole bigfoot mystery: all of the sightings,
all of the witnesses, all of the tracks, all of the hairs, all the
recordings, all of the footage, etc.
It appears to be a ratings gimmick. They're not going to touch the
subject, as far as anyone knows. They do know, however, that it will
boost their ratings if they can keep people guessing about that, and
tuning in to find out when their bigfoot episode will air.
Very clever. Very television.