Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lest Ye Think That Animal Planet Is Suitable For the Whole Family

Cory’s been out of town and Samantha is at camp this week so Drew and I have been on our own for a few days. I believe these two facts and these two facts alone are the only way to explain how we ended up watching Animal Planet one night. Truth be told, we were actually watching “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network but as with any other show, the commercials inevitably come and one is left to choose the secondary show – the one to watch during commercials. So we started channel surfing and came across some of the following options:

Secret Life of the American Teenager (Since when is teenagers acting like sluts suitable for “ABC Family”?)
Billy The Exterminator (Do you wear leather and a studded dog collar? Are you comfortable in front of a camera? Do you ride a motorcycle and just happen to be good at vacuuming cockroaches? How would you like your own show? Welcome to the 21st century.)
Tour de France (Dear Lance: I stopped liking you after you got divorced a 2nd time and started dating a rock star. I think you are a fame whore who is also on the juice. Can’t you just go get a job at Home Depot or something and spend time with your kids?)
Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Hey Drew, wanna see what Satan looks like?) ((No offense to Satan.))

Scroll…scroll…scroll…and then, what’s this? “The Secret Life of Elephants” I said out loud. When Drew was a baby his favorite animal was an elephant. It was among one of his first words (a “no-fant”, he called it) and he carried around a plastic version that fit snug and secure in his hand at all times. So, as we paused on the title I shot him a sideways glance, shrugged a “why not?” and we selected it.

A herd of elephants was crossing a desert as a narrator detailed their moves. The male has followed her scent over hundreds of miles, finally catching up to her and the rest of the herd. But is he too late? Another male is already there - the two males face each other and begin to size each other up. (I'm curious: How, exactly, do you think two elephants size each other up? Is one thinking, “Dude, haven’t you ever heard of Weight Watchers?”, while the other one is contemplating, “Maybe if I sweep the leg….”)

What’s that? Oh. “Cupcake Wars” is back on. We follow it to another commercial before switching back to elephants and their secret lives. The fight is over. (Darn. We missed it.) The battle won, the male rests his trunk on the back of the female, a signal for her to STAY. STILL. (I think I know where this is going and I grow uncomfortable, but I wait for one more second. One second too long.) The male is done being patient [Abort! Abort!] I quickly change the channel, but not before Drew manages a, “Dude, that is messed up.”

That’s when I realized we may as well have watched “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”. Two guys fight over the same girl, the burliest guy wins, and the girl gets pregnant. Except elephants don’t have to pay child support, so I guess they’ve got that going for them.

15 comments:

jksfam said...

:)

Stefani said...

I could not stop laughing especially the Satan comment and the comparison of elephants on Animal Planet and the American teenager. Thanks for making my day.

Mom of Three said...

That's the day when you realize that you actually pay for that kind of stuff!

mormonhermitmom said...

The elephant lady has it worse - over a year pregnant.

Mindy Gledhill said...

I'm sorry, but this is hilarious. I should be working, but I'm sitting here all alone, laughing out loud about elephant mating rituals.

Valerie said...

Those animals!
Animal Planet is always a risky choice. Drew's comment is hilarious!

Bryn said...

So Funny!

ganelle said...

Elephant porn huh? Way to spend quality time with yoru son.

KinseyBug said...

I totally agree on the Secret Life show....I mean for reals, stereotyping all American teenagers as sluts is not ok with me.

Rachey said...

You could just rely on Animal Planet to implement Drew's sex education, then you never have to talk to him about it!

Kerri said...

At least it was realistic whereas I think slutsville is a select few (that Hollywood apparently wants to increase). What, oh what, is going on with all the crap on the tube these days?

Kacy said...

TIVO.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

That IS messed up. As is most of TV. I'm with Kacy. I don't watch anything anymore unless it's on my DVR or a live sporting event. I haven't seen commercials in ages! :)

Stephanette said...

This post may just be why I blogstalk you.

Thanks for the laugh.

acte gratuit said...

It's like I keep asking my husband...Why are nature shows okay on Sunday? They're all about sex and violence!?!?!?!