Reality television has reached its logical conclusion: somebody has died. Four somebodies, to be exact.

Amazonian tribes have called for film and television crews to be banned from their territories after a British production company was accused of starting a flu epidemic that killed four members of a remote Indian people.

Indigenous communities blamed a researcher from Cicada Films, based in London, for infecting members of the isolated Matsigenka tribe while scouting for a reality television show called World???s Lost Tribes.

Glenn Shephard, a US anthropologist who has studied the Matsigenka for 20 years, said: ???I warned [Cicada] specifically that their visit to the isolated villages of the Cumerjali could pose a health risk to the people.???

Three of the dead were children.

Apr 10, 2008 · posted by Cord Jefferson, MollyGood · Link · 8 Responses
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Comments (8)

No. 1 CollegeChick says:

What, Europeans spreading diseases to indigenous people?

I never would have guessed.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 10:58 am
No. 2 maria says:

b-b-but…it’s science! Seriously, it’s not only reigious “do gooders” (see At Play in the Fields of the Lord) that bring in disease. Where there’s folly, ignorance and arrogance…this is a sad price to pay for fuckin’ a TV show.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 11:14 am
No. 3 maria says:

ok I’m not sure why all that got italicized, but whateves you get my point.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 11:20 am
No. 4 Elizabeth says:

I suppose it doesn’t get any more real than this…

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm
No. 5 stopthemadness says:

yeah, at least they died in the name of television, and not in the name of rampant imperialism.

way better to die of the flu, than get shot in the neck with a poisonous blow dart, which is CLEARLY what would have happened to those kids if they remained in such indigenous and obviously substandard conditions.

ironically, i bet they don’t even have TiVo.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm
No. 6 lale says:

I’d like to ban terrorists for the same fucking reason.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm
No. 7 mae says:

i’d like to shoot terrorists, and some political figures, AND some celebrities in the neck with a poisonous blow dart.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm
No. 8 ilnazhad says:

The worst part is that the shows ratings will probably go up because of the death of four innocent people.
Four our entertainment.

Posted: Apr 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm
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