This was posted to an anthropology listserv this morning. It’s a job position for a TV host for a show that will explore international tattoo culture. I just starting laughing hysterically when I read it- did the person that wrote this think about it or re-read it before they sent it out? It specifically says “looking for anthropologists…” in the beginning- did they not think of how anthropologists may react to it? Have they never met an anthropologist?
I really don’t feel like much comment is needed, but I underlined and made bold the parts that I found to be funniest:
“Subject: Seeking Anthropologists or Journalists or Travel Writers to
Host New TV Series Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2007 16:15:40 -0500 From:
New York Documentary Television Production Company is seeking
anthropologists or journalists or travel writers to host a new
documentary TV series for a major cable network about tattoo culture
around the world. We are looking for someone who is attractive, smart,
a guy’s guy, adventurous, engaging, inquisitive. Someone who’s up for
anything, not afraid to get dirty, be in dangerous situations. Having
a tattoo is a plus! This is someone who is driven by curiosity and can
share the experience — be it in Russian prison tattoo parlors or
Puerto Rican gangs — with an audience. He’s not in it to get tattooed
but is a seeker with real world experience. This is an opportunity to
host a primetime cable tv series. Must be willing to travel. This
could turn into a full-time job. If you fit this description, please
film yourself answering the following questions. Personality is key so
have fun with this, while imparting intellect and curiosity. 5-10
minutes max. Shoot outdoors if possible. Waist up so I can see your
face. Going for an outdoorsy look, not clean-cut, not too edgy. Please
email your clips
[Must be received by Monday, Dec 10, 2007]
1. Your name, where you live
2. Your bio in brief – professional, education, hobbies
3. Travel experience — where have you been overseas? Most memorable
4. Show us your tattoos [if you have any]. Give a brief explanation of
2 of them. Why are you interested in tattoos? Or why are you interested
in investigating cultures around the world?
5. What are you most passionate about? Give us a one-minute tutorial on
6. Have the camera follow you to go “interview” someone (could be
someone a few feet away). Ask that person a few questions about a topic
they know about.
7. Eat something spicey, sour, gross and react – tell us what it tastes
like, feels like. Make us feel like we’re experiencing it too.
Tape can be submitted via email, or hard copies on DVD, VHS, or Mini-DV
formats. Materials will not be returned.
Must be received by Dec 10, 2007.
— FIGHT QUEST —
Friday, December 28, 2007 at 10PM
Discovery Channel (Following MAN VS. WILD)”
((I took out the identifying information, but I can forward you the email if you like. BTW I’m not one for telling others what to do (did you notice my silence on the HTS issue?) BUT I don’t think any self-respecting anthropologist should respond to this… unless you truly believe you could change their views (and you probably can’t))