Atlanta chef and cookbook author Virginia Willis took to her blog this week to voice her opposition to National Geographic’s new reality series, “Wicked Tuna”. The show, produced by the same team behind “Dirty Jobs”, follows the lives of tuna fisherman in Massachusetts.
At the heart of Willis’ anger at the new show, aside from her personal passion for sustainable seafood, is the fundamental discord between the usually environmentally conscious National Geographic and their previous statements against the overfishing of Bluefin tuna, and this show airing on the National Geographic Channel, which is a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. She calls this a “veritable pact with the devil.”
It seems that her post stirred up some emotional responses on both sides of the argument. The comment section of her blog got pretty heated, with many passionate responses from what seems to be fisherman or families of fisherman.
You can find her complete post here.
What are your thoughts? Has National Geographic undermined their own principles for ratings, or are the concerns about Bluefin overfishing blown out of proportion?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog