Discovery Channel's special Eaten Alive has outraged again — this time for not keeping its promise.
On Sunday night, the network aired its latest wacky — and life-threatening — stunt, which was billed as an attempt by adventurer Paul Rosolie to enter the belly of an anaconda. But what viewers actually watched was two hours of buildup to the main event, which was cut short when Rosolie called in his rescue team after being wrapped up by the snake for about an hour.
"I started to feel the blood drain out of my hand and I felt the bone flex, and when I got to the point where I felt like [my arm] was going to snap I had to tap out," he said.
Whereas Discovery's last special with high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda was live and had those watching holding their breath, Eaten Alive was taped. Last month, Rosolie spoke to Entertainment Weekly, but both he and the network wouldn't say just how far he made it inside the snake. "I am actually not allowed to say anything," he said. "I can tell you that the thing beat the shit out of me and constricted me. As for as actual consumption went, I'm not allowed to say."
Following the special — and the public criticism — Discovery issued the following statement: "Paul created this challenge to get maximum attention for one of the most beautiful and threatened parts of the world, the Amazon Rainforest and its wildlife. He went to great lengths to send this message and it was his absolute intention to be eaten alive. Ultimately, after the snake constricted Paul for over an hour and went for his head, the experiment had to be called when it became clear that Paul would be very seriously injured if he continued on. The safety of Paul, as well as the anaconda, was always our number one priority."
Leading up to the event, a Change.org petition and PETA both urged the network to pull the plug.
Should the network have been more honest about the special? Were you disappointed with the outcome?
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