CO-ED’s last post about Bear Grylls pissed me off so I offer a rebuttal.
Over the past several years Bear Grylls has been Mr. Adjective. Heâs been called everything from rugged, to inspiring, to even disgusting (like the time he ate a grub worm after finding it under a gooey rock. mmmm, Yummy protein). But up until recently thereâs been a new adjective to describe Bear, a fraud. Mark Weinert, a former consultant for the hit series âMan vs. Wild,” the Discovery Channel series that shows viewers techniques on how to survive in the wild, has reported two instances where Bear Grylls was assisted from outside sources during filming. Weinert claims that during the âDesert Islandâ? episode Bear spent time in a motel and had assistance from the camera crew in building a raft that took him to safety. Since Weinert has released this statement many reporters and fans have gone on to say that Bear Grylls is a fraud and has misled his loyal viewers into thinking that heâs not the Bear we thought he was.
Allow me to clear up the confusion. First and for most the show âMan vs. Wildâ? is not and never was a documentary on Bear Grylls going into the most hostile environments on earth to see if he will live or die. The show is about educating its viewers on what Beat Grylls would do to survive in dire situations. People who believed this to be the goal of “Man vs. Wild” are niave. For insurance reasons along no production company in the world could finance a show where the host could easily die for entertainent in every episode.
Now donât get me wrong hanging from a tree thatâs within feet of three blood thirsty alligators is something that the average person wouldnât do. In fact the only three people on earth that have to balls to do something like that are Dog the Bounty Hunter, Chuck Norris and Bear Grylls. Besides Iâm willing to bet that the only reason Bear Grylls ended up staying in the motel was because he found civilization quicker then he normally does and there wasnât enough footage for a whole episode.
So after a night in a motel Bear went back out into the wild to shoot more footage. As for the allegation that Bear Grylls had help from his crew building a raft that took him to safety, Weinert clearly stated that the raft was but together by Bear and the crew to test it out before using it. Once this was done they dissembled it before Bear put the raft back together himself. I have to commend Bear on doing this. If anyone saw that episode youâd know that HUGE TIGER SHARKS ended up attacking the raft. If he hadnât have tested out the raft before using it, that could have been the last episode of Man vs. Wild.
For those of you who still question the ruggedness of Bear Grylls, Bear recently flew a parajet, at 29,000 feet, over the top of Mount Everest (which he climbed at the age of 23. Becoming the youngest person in Britain, ever to do so). It was reported that in order for Bear Grylls to fly this high they had to contact air traffic control to make sure there werenât any commercial airplanes in the area.
On a personal note Iâd like to thank Bear Grylls. Your show and what you do is an inspiration to us all. By putting yourself in such life threatening situations with nothing more then a knife, flint and water bottle makes me appreciate the small things in life that we take for granted every day. Such as a having a safe place to sleep every night, having three meals a day, and being able to wipe my ass with toilet paper. So thank you Bear Grylls for humbling us all.
Tiger Sharks attacking the raft