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Shark Week Megalodon 'Documentary' Hoax Gets Discovery Channel Accused Of Trickery

First Posted: Aug 09, 2013 09:17 AM EDT
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At this point we are all aware that most "reality" shows are about as real as they are intellectually stimulating. Fine, but documentaries? Most would still like to believe that there is a fair amount of truth to what they are saying, but that may not be the case for a new Megalodon shark "documentary".

The ever-popular Shark Week on the Discovery Channel is receiving a fair amount of criticism this year for its questionable documentary entitled "Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives." And just what is the problem, exactly? Well, the documentary's claim that there could be a 60-foot shark swimming around in the ocean isn't based in fact. At all.

Apparently, the brass at Discovery Channel thought it would be a good idea to simply fabricate the evidence of such an enormous creature, known as Megalodon. Not only that, but they went so far as to host a fake newscast as well as bring in fake "experts" who were nothing more than actors.

The backlash so far has been stronger than the Discovery Channel could have imagined. Many people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to voice their displeasure over the show, and there has even been talk of boycotting the rest of Shark Week because of the Megalodon documentary.

"Someone made a deliberate choice to present a work of fiction that is more suited for the SyFy channel than as a truthful and factual documentary. That is disgusting, and whoever made that decision should be ashamed," wrote actor and blogger Wil Wheaton.

So far, officials with the Discovery Channel have not backed down from their decision to air the controversial show. There is a brief message at the end of the documentary that alludes to the possible inaccuracies found within, though they stop short of saying that the documentary was a piece of fiction.

"We have found that people are open to exploring different ideas and concepts in addition to the more traditional fare that we air," Discovery spokesperson Laurie Goldberg told the Associated Press. "That would explain the ratings. As in any entertainment, you aren't going to always please everyone, but we stand behind all of our content and are proud of it."

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