BBC’s Planet Earth II Slammed for “Humansplaining”
Online activists from across the animal kingdom criticized the return of BBC’s acclaimed nature documentary series Planet Earth yesterday, denouncing it as yet another insulting case of humans claiming to be experts on animal culture, often punctuating their posts with the hashtag #humansplaining.
“Here we go again,” wrote a Indonesian bird-of-paradise on her Tumblr page. “If I have to listen to one more old white human tell me how I’m supposed to attract a mate, I’m going to puke.”
One marine iguana complained on her personal blog, “It’s hard to fathom the level of privilege and entitlement it must take to try to tell ME how to avoid getting eaten by snakes on the beach. Stay still to avoid movement? No shit, Sherlock. I’ve been doing that LITERALLY since I hatched.”
Many animals also took to social media to decry the recent surge in environmental films that highlight climate change, such as Before The Flood, directed by Leonardo DiCaprio (who is, notably, a human), and Cowspiracy, directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (also humans).
“I love it when humans deign to educate us on shit that was THEIR FAULT IN THE FIRST PLACE,” said one fur seal on Facebook. “They’re all like ‘the polar ice caps are melting at a rate of 3.7 degrees per blah blah blah’ and I’m like ‘oh gee I was wondering why it’s so hot and there’s no more ice!’ Thanks for that, guys; your prefrontal cortex must be SOOOO much bigger than ours.”
When pressed for comment, a member of the feline-American community offered some historical context to reporters: “It’s not like this is a new phenomenon. Animals have been vocal about issues like meat consumption, illegal fur trading, and overfishing for hundreds of thousands of years, with virtually no response from the mainstream media. Then a human comes along and throws a documentary up on Netflix and suddenly everyone sits up and listens? It’s frustrating, to say the least.”
“And while we’re at it, has anyone noticed the severe lack of biodiversity in this year’s Oscar nominees?” she continued. “The fact that not a single lion appeared in a movie called Lion should be a wake-up call to underrepresented species everywhere.”