I first heard about Bear Grylls whilst watching an episode of Harry Hill's "TV Burp" a few years ago. If you've never heard of Harry Hill or any of his programs then a quick explanation Of Harry Hill's TV Burp would be him making fun of television programmes. Basically he would watch several TV programmes each week and then completely take the p!$$ out of them.
I think most people have probably heard of Bear Grylls and have seen some of his programs. The guy seems to be getting his fingers into everything nowadays. It started off with him doing basic survival, now he's mixing with all the celebrities, he must be making an absolute fortune.
Some of his programs are very good, he made a series where he told the stories of people who had managed to survive experiences such as being lost in the wilderness, afloat at sea for several weeks. In fairness it could have been anyone telling their story, that was all he was doing, we didn't have any of his silly antics.
This brings me onto the programs that Bear Grylls has become famous for. He has made his name by eating the most disgusting things he can possibly find and probably even more revolting, drinking his own urine. So what disgusting things has Bear Grylls eaten? I've seen him eat huge grubs that he bites into a ends up with their guts all over his chin. He's eaten spiders, scorpions and even the eyes from a dead sheep that he found. In one of his programs he even drank the water that he squeezed out of an elephant turd that he found. He's even eaten fruit that he has found in bear crap. Honestly, the list of disgusting things this guy has put in his mouth is endless.
On one episode where he was in the Sahara Desert he demonstrated how you could survive by drinking your own urine. First of all he butchered a snake and used its skin as a bladder to hold his urine which he then promptly drank. The fact that he kept saying that it was a last resort and you should only drink your own urine at the last resort was a little bit silly, like I said before, he's a film crew with him that obviously have plenty of fluids on board. On another occasion where he was on a raft, he gave himself an enema using water that he didn't think was fit to drink.
If Bear Grylls wants to risk his health by drinking his own urine, or perform enemas on himself then that's up to him. But what really angers me is the gratuitous treatment of animals on some of his programs. I couldn't care less whether Bear Grylls ends up with some horrible stomach complaint because he's picked up some horrible bacteria from an elephant turd, but what I find completely unacceptable is when he slaughters an animal just for the sake of demonstration for his TV show. I've seen him chop the heads of snakes, stab large frog through the head and eat them raw. He even slaughtered a large Python whilst in Belize. I've seen him catch wild boar and stick his knife through their neck. This type of animal cruelty should be completely outlawed on television programmes. I'm fully aware that a snake, frog or a wild pig could probably give you enough food to survive, but what I don't need to see is it being killed unnecessarily.
Bear Grylls ain't no Ray Mears or Ed Stafford. I would have a lot more respect for Bear Grylls if he did a similar program that Ed Stafford made where we saw him completely alone on a desert island. This was a real life survival situation where the killing of an animal was necessary for survival. The program that Ed Stafford did was called "naked and marooned". He didn't even have a knife or any means to make fire, he had to improvise in order to survive which he did extremely well. On top of all that he had to film himself, he didn't have a film crew following him. Ed Stafford has not only been completely marooned alone on an island, but he's also walked the length of the Amazon and has done a similar program to the island, but this time visiting various countries like Brazil and Thailand where he would spend two or three weeks trying to survive with no provisions whatsoever, again doing all the filming himself. The most recent programme sees him studying satellite images of strange phenomena in different countries and then going there by himself. This has included remote places in Thailand and also Siberia in Russia. This guy is incredibly tough and his TV programmes are really worth watching. I know for sure that Ed Stafford had problems finding water on occasions, maybe he did drink his own urine, but he didn't put us viewers through the horrible experience of having to watch him do it. Most people have heard of Ray Mears, he's been around for quite a long time. He can manage to make a survival programme without the gratuitous slaughter of animals and doing away with the need to drink his own urine and eat the most disgusting things he can find.
Bear Grylls is all about selling his products. If you look at his jacket, his knife, other things that he carries with him, they all carry his logo "BG". And if he mentions his time in the special forces once, he mentions it 100 times. I'm sure I'm correct in saying that he was actually only in the territorial Army and the special forces reserves. So basically he was a part timer that probably never saw any action whatsoever, it's no wonder the genuine SAS guys look upon him as a bit of a joke, which is probably why Harry Hill liked to make fun of him on more than one occasion.