I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) this morning on the way in to work. They aired a feature typical of those that they use to show how worldly and cosmopolitan they are.
It was a feature about the mangrove forests in Burma(1). These forests at the confluence of a couple of mighty rivers, are a sanctuary for the Bengal Tiger.
NPR sent Ari Shapiro, their sometimes anchor for their afternoon/evening fake news program called “All Things Considered”(2) to do a story on the tiger, the people and the area itself.
Shapiro was describing the scene around him in as picturesque, literary terms as he could manage, and pointed out a brown and white fawn, with the morning sun sparkling on the verdant greenery all around. It was a bucolic, sweet scene. Then Shapiro said, “Classic tiger food. We just need to see a tiger eat it.”
Shapiro had juxtaposed the ever-present grotesquerie and hardness of nature right directly on top of his attempt to paint a sweet, bucolic nature scene. He said his weird phrase — “Classic tiger food…” — in a chirpy, flouncy kind of way.
It should be noted that Ari Shapiro is loudly, proudly and openly gay, and NPR uses him to show how “open-minded” and cool they are. He verbally flounces through all his “newscasts” too.
However, the two scenes that Shapiro established — the beautiful, bucolic scenery and, immedietely afterward, the gleefully yearned for fawn dismemberment fantasy — were more than just a bit sickening.
(1) Not sure whether it was actually Burma, or some other country, but the actual country doesn’t matter.
(2) We’ve re-named this fake news program several times. Something like: “Only A Very Narrow Range of Left-wing Spinnable Things Considered.” would be a much more accurate name.