The Top Ten Facts From The Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’ Competition In Russia
The Siberian Times is reporting that there is going to be a real-life Hunger Games internet broadcast in Russia, with even fewer rules than the fictional movie. But I'm saying off the top that I think this is all fake. Here's why:
1. An earlier rule, which has since been removed after sparking outrage online, stated that the contestants would be able to do whatever they wanted to survive — which is ultimately the main objective. Stay alive until April 1, 2018, the Times reports.
Yeah, the show ends on April 1, when everyone involved laughs over their elaborate April Fool's joke.
This has to be fake, right? According to the Times, the show -- broadcast worldwide on the internet -- begins this July, when 30 contestants are dropped off on remote Siberian island in the Ob River. Here are nine other amazing facts from the show:
2. Called Game2:Winter, the reality TV programme has quietly dropped a shocking rule that stated: 'Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.'
3. When asked if he will intervene if there is "physical violence, rape, a murder", organiser Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, 35, a Novosibirsk millionaire, told The Siberian Times: "No we won't. I am pretty sure there will be fights, and more. We are not scared of negative reaction if that happens either."
4. There would be no rules restricting sex between the participants, he said. "We will not intervene into relations between participants nor monitor their sexual life either, and our cameras will not be able to follow every move in every corner of the island.
"They are free to form any couple or union, and there is no limits or rules regarding sex. If a woman falls pregnant -- and manages to carry the baby -- that's fine with us. We will show the baby after the project is over."
5. "It gets to minus 50C in winter, and it is infested with brown bears," Pyatkovsky said. "This area of Siberia has always lots of bears, but recently numbers doubled because more animals migrated from the north of Krasnoyarsk region, pushed away by wildfires. Days after they calm down a bit, the biting gnats will arrive."
For those unfamiliar with biting gnats -- I'd rather deal with the bears.
6. Contestants will be allowed knives but no other weapons. Producers admitted that if a bear attacks a participant, there may be nothing they can do.
There is also a wolf epidemic in Sibera.
7. There will be a series of challenges, ranging from being awoken by an alarm to a prison escape. "A worried presenter's voice will announce that a group of criminals broke out of a nearby jail and is already on the island. The task will be to catch the criminals, and whoever does so gets a prize from a sponsor."
8. Pyatkovsky said: "I've been thinking about this show since the time I first saw Lost. I thought that surely there must be a way to do a real survival show, where people face all the real problems of daily life in the Siberian taiga."
9. Among the contestants: Yelena Grischenko, 21, a student from Kazakhstan: "I love playing computer games, especially Perfect World and Wow. I read a lot, love Russian classics and fantasy."
Let's just say goodbye to Yelena right now. RIP.
10. From the comments: "For any participants that are not aware those brown bears in Siberia are known for eating out of cemeteries and killing armed guards. With that said your chances of stopping one with a knife unless you are to mount it to a long Pole will be almost zero. -- Lee Bolinger, Springfield Illinois 03/10/2017 23:4710
I still say someone is putting us on.
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