Chris Kluwe Watched That Mermaid Documentary On Discovery Channel And Twitter Hilarity Ensued

  • Rick Chandler

Mermaids are fictional creatures. How do we know? Because if they truly existed, Donald Trump would have organized them into a tacky, overblown pageant by now. But that didn’t stop Discovery Channel from unleashing its program Mermaids: the Body Found in 2012.

Called a “docufiction”, it plays like a regular documentary, except that it’s, you know, not. It purports to show scientific evidence that mermaids may be real, and includes some bad CGI of mermaids frolicking with regular sea creatures and doing other mermaid things. It first aired on Animal Planet in May of 2012, and almost no one watched because it’s of course preposterous. No, sorry … actually, millions watched. The show had 2 million viewers for its initial broadcast in the U.S., and more than 10 million, including repeats, that week: making it the network’s most watched telecast since the Steve Irwin memorial special in Sept., 2006.

Discovery Channel repeated it this past Sunday, and that’s when former Minnesota Vikings’ punter Chris Kluwe, now with the Raiders, happened to see it for the first time. Kluwe’s never been shy about expressing his views, especially on Twitter, and he’s pretty entertaining. So if you’ve never seen Mermaids: The Body Found, this’ll give you a pretty good idea: