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"Grizzly Man"--movie review

Yesterday Kitty and I went to go see "Grizzly Man." It is the documentary about the life of Timothy Treadwell, a person who spent 13 Summers in the wilds of Alaska "studying" grizzly bears until he was eventually killed and eaten by the animal he fought to protect. I must say that it was a most intriguing movie to a furry. Why? Because Treadwell was the epitome of the "furry lifestyler." He believed that man could live with grizzlies just like they were domesticated dogs. He was a dead-end hippie with no degree in biology who did lots of drugs and had an epiphany during a near-death overdose that it would be really cool to live with bears. And so he moved to Alaska and lived amongst the bears. A helicopter pilot who transported his half=eaten remains back to Anchorage summed it up the best. The bears probably left him alone for 12 years because they thought he was retarded.

If Treadwell gave a speech at a furry con he would probably be welcomed with open paws. He had a disdain for the human world and thought it would be really neato to live in peace and harmony with the planet's creatures. The only problem was that he ignored the food chain and the harsh reality of nature that it's "eat or be eaten." It's really disgusting to see him baby talk to 1000-lb grizzlies. I salute the fact that he wanted to protect the bears, but he really was a retard.

Now, in his defense I have to agree that the "experts" in bear research are way too anthrocentric. We are told to fear bears. We are told that bears are vicious and unpredictable. True. But more humans fit that category than bears. I am sick of researchers that say they maintain objectivity with their subjects but it only applies to others, not them. They can get close to wild animals but everyone else should avoid them for their (and the animal's) own good. You know what? Fuck you! If I had a bear visit my back yard every night, I would probably feed it and try to keep it around. Why?!? Because I would be willing to suffer the consequences. If he tore up my patio or came into my house and wreaked havoc, I would accept that. He's just being a bear. It's why I welcome quail into my yard even though they eat the produce from my garden. It's why I welcome coyotes near my house even though it may mean death to Skookum if she is not careful. YES! We should live as close to nature as possible, but not be as irresponsible as someone like Treadwell. He thought grizzlies were all teddy bears. WRONG! They are generally peaceful creatures, but when they're starving, they will look at you as dinner, not friend.

Everyone who considers themselves a "lifestyler" should go and see this movie. Do you really want to go 100% furry? You might not like the result.

P.S. There are some incredible fox moments in the movie. If you love foxes, you would certainly flip over the film that Treadwell captured. On a sidenote, you see what a fucktard he was when a fox steals his hat and he has a hissyfit over the loss of the stupid hat.
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