Honestly, we live in a strange and wonderful world. And the announcement of a new show about Mike Tyson racing pigeons is a powerful reminder of that. From the AP:
Former world heavyweight champ Mike Tyson will take flight on Animal Planet with a new sport – pigeon racing.
The network this week announced a new reality show that will pit Tyson, a novice pigeon racer, against serious competitors.
The show is currently titled “Taking on Tyson” and promises to bring audiences inside this “intensely competitive and bizarrely fascinating world.”
Tyson has raised pigeons all his life but will take to the rooftops as a racing rookie. The network says he’ll be assisted by a colorful team of pigeon experts as he rears, trains and races them.
The fact that even Animal Planet has succumbed to a culture of ironic detachment and post-modern winking to a jaded audience does not necessarily bode very well for a sustainable future in entertainment. That being said, I can’t wait to get a Crave Case and some Jolt with my homies and watch this at a bar that shows it as a goof. The name could use some work, though. Taking on Tyson? Uh, no. This is a TV show about MIKE TYSON RACING PIGEONS. It’s not called Taking on Tyson. It’s called Mike Tyson’s Ultimate Pigeon Race Out. Or Mike Tyson Floats Like A Butterfly, Races Like A Pigeon. I know that’s a quote from Muhammad Ali, but this is a show about Mike Tyson racing pigeons, so you don’t have to be so strict about it. Or you could just call it Mike Tyson Races Pigeons, No Joke, This Is A Real TV Show: The Show. Better.