First J-Lo and now Paul Rosolie. It would seem that all TV and movie attempts to scandalize us by exposing the secret lives of anacondas are bound to be failures.
Discovery Channel is under fire after its much-anticipated special Eaten Alive turned out to involve no eating at all. The stunt was an attempt by naturalist and snake enthusiast Paul Rosolie to call attention to the destruction of the Amazon while exploring the little-known nature of the snake species, which averages 20 feet in length.
After nearly 2 hours of uneventful watching, the 18-foot specimen finally began to constrict and devour its dinner, but it was only minutes before the whole thing got called off. While the snake seemed perfectly content, it was Rosolie himself who couldn’t stomach the feat. Donned in a carbon fiber suit with a specially designed breathing system, Paul anticipated being wholly swallowed by the anaconda, but the pressure from constriction alone turned out to be too great. The snake’s massive jaw was barely around his cranium when Rosolie was forced to abandon the mission.
Discovery, who was expecting 3 million viewers in the US alone, quickly became the target of countless critical Tweets from curious and angry fans. Check out some of what they had to say below:
Discovery letting me think Paul gets eaten by a snake and then not letting that happen is the reason I have trust issues. #EatenAlive
— Zac Dalpe (@ZacDalpe22) December 8, 2014
WAIT THE SNAKE DIDN’T EVEN EAT THE GUY? I’ve been #EatenAlive by exactly as many anacondas as the host of this ridiculous show?
— David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) December 8, 2014
Calling it #EatenAlive is like having a show on the Food Network about cooking a turkey and all they do after 2 hours is preheat the oven.
— Reagan King (@ReaganKingIsles) December 8, 2014
You had one job, Rosolie. Just one. And you blew it. Shouldn’t the team have expected some uncomfortable pressure from a reptile that kills via constriction? It just goes to show how enticing good advertising can be, regardless of the truth behind it.
Hopefully Eaten Alive still draws attention to its original goal: the preservation of the Amazon. According to reports, the snake is okay, though perhaps still a bit hungry.
Watch the anticlimactic final moments of Discovery’s Eaten Alive here:
Were you able to stomach this Discovery Channel letdown? Find out what viewers had to say here!