Penn and Teller - Cryptozoology
According to Loren Coleman: Cryptozoology is the study of "hidden animals," including Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monsters, yeti, Myakka Skunp ape, and hundreds of other cryptids.
This episode of Showtime's Penn and Teller Bullsh!t originally aired on April 24th 2006. Using humor and experts, the two Las Vegas magicians tried to debunk people's belief in famous cryptids such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.
Loren Colemen, one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, was not amused by Penn and Teller's criticism about cryptozoology:
What can you say about Penn & Teller? They left no sacred cryptids untouched by their silence and their profanity.The episode was also not well-received amongst the readers of Cryptomundo at the time:
Clever editing and the setups they picked made cryptozoology look like the "craptozoology" that Penn & Teller wanted it to appear to be. As we have already discussed in the days leading up to this airing, Penn & Teller have made an entertainment show presenting itself as science, but it is more about ridiculing people than being logical. You can try to find the humor here, but one does have to look hard to get a laugh out of this show. It is a biting satire with no giggling, as far as can be seen from viewing it twice. Of course, I’m bias. I’ll admit that.
You know I think it’s funny, when you look at the whole of human history as we know it, how whenever People come along that have a new or different or just unpopular view or theory, those who don’t agree or don’t want to see the ‘boat rocked’ will go to great lengths to discredit, defame, and yes sometimes kill those who are proponents of the unpopular view. Look at Galileo, for example, and probably a hundred other examples we could give. Penn & Teller are little better than the Medieval church. And by little I mean they haven’t killed, tortured, or maimed anyone that we know of. Also, I didn’t see the show, but who are they to say that the accounts of natives are unreliable? Just because they haven’t received Western educations? That makes them no less intelligent than anyone else. Uneducated perhaps, but lack of education and lack of intelligence are not the same. I’ll get off my soapbox now… but small minded people do irk me, and Penn & Teller have proven that their minds are quite miniscule indeed.