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Pop Shock: Naked Survivor

So, last night, I joined the tons of folks watching as some crazy guy crossed part of the Grand Canyon on a teeny wire. Nik Wallenda, a career daredevil, high-wire walking nut crossed safely in a little over 20 minutes.

Sighs of relief! I mean, it was LIVE television, right? My morbid curiosity made me watch to see if he fell. He didn’t; I’m glad! Congratulations, Nik!

Tapping into the hordes of vicarious thrill-seekers like myself, the Discovery Channel took the opportunity to debut a new show: Naked and Afraid.

Say what?

Yes. NAKED and Afraid.

So, apparently, this show is some kind of naked take on Survivor.


Pixelated peek-a-boo! Gross. Image taken from video.


Survivalists are dumped in the jungle and told to…survive. Oh, and did I mention that they’re NAKED? Some of the previews have shown leaves and whatnot covering their jiggly bits, but come on! Are you serious?

I don’t think I’m a prude. I really don’t, (Really!) but this is clearly catering to a base, voyeuristic audience that will be tuning in to see if some random flash of genitalia made it through edits without pixelation!


I guess I’m supposed to admire their tenacity, their survival skills. But, frankly, those aren’t where my mind goes. I’m too busy wondering about bugs in highly undesirable places, sunburn (also in the aforementioned places), and that poor woman’s…er…possible hygiene issues.

Weird? I don’t think so. See, Discovery Channel has to make this show different. Why else would people tune in for yet another survivalist show? There are already so many!

Can’t you just imagine how this show pitch went? Picture the execs sitting at the conference room table, unimpressed with a pitch of another survivalist show. Panicked, the show creator reaches long and blurts out, “But, our contestants are NUDE!”

Intrigued, an exec leans forward. “Nude, you say? Hmmm…”


Naked people aren’t going to make me watch a show that’s already been done a hundred times before. How about you? Will you watch? Defend your nudie-lovin’ ways in the comments!

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Pop Shock: Radioactive


RAWR! Scary ape monster puppet! Image is a screen grab from the “Radioactive” video by Imagine Dragons.

As an adult individual who spends an embarrassing amount of time with our All-Father, the Internet, I must say that there’s not a whole lot that surprises me, anymore.

It’s rare that I don’t have music blaring through my ear buds, damaging my inner ears and making my day go just a bit faster. I’m always on the look out for an upbeat, peppy piece of fluff that I can drone out on. But, once in a while, a song will creep up on me, and I will become a wee bit obsessed with it.

Maybe I get into a groove, I dunno. But, I have to go look it up on YouTube and play it over, and over, and over, and over. It’s a habit that greatly amuses some and annoys others, because I’m constantly pestering folks with my awesome find. And, to be honest, my “finds” aren’t all that new, generally.

It’s probably because I kick it into neutral that I don’t pay the closest attention to the music I’m hearing on my Pandora station. Then, later, I’ll hear a song when I’m outside of work and think, “Huh, I wonder why that sounds familiar? I like it!” In reality, I’ve probably heard it lots of times and just never noticed.

The latest song the come on my radar in this manner was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Now, this is a special case, because while I became obsessed with the song, it wasn’t the ACTUAL song. Someone posted the cover by Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling, and I fell in love.

(That’s a bit over-dramatic. I didn’t fall in love, so much as become intensely piqued. There. That sounds better.) A Capella music is awesome, and the “Radioactive” cover was pretty sweet. So, I listened to it until I was tired of it.

But, I still craved it.

Does that make sense? To crave a song? The musical progressions, the ebb and flow of emotion that makes me feel better.

So, I looked up the real song by Imagine Dragons, and I loved it, too! It was different, and in some ways much better. The lead singer is able to cultivate an intensity that Pentatonix strives for, but just misses, frankly. There’s only so much nifty harmony and beat-boxing can do for you, guys.

Okay, so where am I going with this? Why is this article called Pop Shock?

Well, first off, look for more articles under the heading of Pop Shock. I intend to call out things that I find shocking in one way or another for various reasons (AREN’T YOU EXCITED?!).

What’s shocking about “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons? Watch the video, and then, we’ll talk.


Lou Diamond Phillips is running illegal (I assume) stuffed animal cock fights!

This delights and shocks me at the same time. What a great video! (See, shock isn’t necessarily a BAD thing.) In my ritual obsession, I’d never taken the time to watch the real video. And when I finally got around to it, I was SHOCKED (And delighted. Don’t forget the delighted part.). And, yeah, I know it’s MONTHS old. I skillfully managed to avoid the video, though. Yes, it was skill!

There’s a teddy bear with laser eyes that slaughters people. An innocuous-looking, pinkish teddy bear gets pushed too far and BAM! So, long Lou (and others!)!

Sure, Lou and his minions, including a terrifying purple ape puppet monster, deserve it. I mean, Imagine Dragons is (are?) being held captive in the puppet/stuffed animal/cock fighting dungeon. That’s serious business.

And what’s the relationship between the teddy bear and the woman who brings him to the fight? Is she its trainer? Its master? It must like her, because if it didn’t, I’m sure she’d be extra tasty crispy by now.

One more thing: How about that ending? Despicable Lou is dropped into a drippy, dark hole with bits of dismembered animated stuffed creatures!

It’s the stuff of nightmares.

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