Discovery Channel kicked off its literally phenomenal Shark Week with a fake documentary called Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine. Orson Welles would have been proud. Perhaps not since Welles' famous 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds--a fictional radio tale that had people freaking out about an alien invasion--has a fake documentary made such, um, waves. OregonLive reported a "growing rage over Shark Week's increasingly deceptive programming."
Besides the people who were fooled by the obviously ridiculous Submarine Shark--and besides those like "Sharknado" actress Tara Reid who believes that a real Sharknado is possible--there is a more serious protest against the Discovery Channel's annual summer shark snark. (But first: in Reid's defense she does say the odds are against a "Sharknado.") Marine biologist David Shiffman (Why Sharks Matter) thinks the Discovery Channel does the ancient sea creatures a world of wrong each summer--and he wants to reverse the damage. #SaveSharkWeek is one hashtag trying to right the sub--we mean ship.
— David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter) August 11, 2014
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