August 24, 2005

Grizzly man, grisly death

Blogger Majikthise posts on Timothy Treadwell, self-proclaimed grizzly bear protector. She takes a fairly hard line:

We only see Treadwell when he knows he's on camera, usually when he's filming himself in the Alaskan wilderness. The disconcerting thing is that he never really breaks character--even when he's wondering aloud between takes about whether his hair looks okay, chasing a fox that stole his hat, or whining into his hand-held cam about how he's a nice guy who can't get laid. In between takes we see Treadwell addressing the camera less formally--but he's the same self-deluded narcissist throughout.

Some of the comments are more forgiving. I saw only ABC's Primetime broadcast on Treadwell. I think Treadwell is not the first to seek a sort of self-redemption among the griz--an Arizona writer comes to mind as well--but Treadwell apparently stopped seeing the bears as bears and more as extras in his movie--or at least that is the impression that I get so far.

UPDATE: Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society offers a fierce defense of Treadwell and Amie Huguenard against an Alaskan editorialist who disparaged their efforts.


Steve Bodio said...

I have ordered an intriguing book on Treadwell and will probably be blogging further both here and on my own blog. But meanwhile re "the Arizonan" whom I know-- no comparison. He flees the limelight, is a serious naturalist, recognizes bears as bears, and whatever his craziness does not anthropomorphize-- he well knows they do not love him back.

Chas S. Clifton said...


Would that be Nick Jans' Grizzly Maze? I just heard about it myself.


W.C. Varones said...

Grizzly Man: great movie!