Monday, February 26, 2007

Protests to Hit Discovery HQ?

Discovery announced yesterday that they will air a documentary which claims that archeologists have identified the tomb of Jesus and his family. (Note that the announcement was too important for Silver Spring so it had to be made in NYC.) In addition, the documentary claims that they have evidence that Jesus fathered a son with Mary Magdalene.

This will no doubt piss some people off greatly. Apparently, security at Discovery headquarters has been tightened for the weeks leading up to the airing of the show in anticipation of protests by religious groups. Security guards have been instructed to keep a look out for a homicidal albino monk who will stop at nothing to prevent this documentary from airing.



UPDATE: Ted Koppel will moderate a panel that will debate the documentary immediately after it airs. I'm not sure if this will be held in the lobby of the Discovery building as it was for Koppel's first show.



24 comments:

silver spring penguin said...

I hope this documentary is better than "The DaVinci Code" movie. That flick was a drag.

Silver Springer said...

Yeah that was over hyped.

Anonymous said...

The DaVinci Code documentry was pretty interesting.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I do enjoy a good protest. I hope this one is better than the protests as NOAA last year. Those were pretty anti-climatic....change. (I crack myself up sometimes.)

Young Washington DC PR Pro said...

Wasn't there also a planned memorial to Steve Irwin at the Discovery HQ?

Did that ever materialize?

Sligo said...

Well they now have the Steve Irwin Memorial Sensory Garden. I don't know if that counts.

Debbie Cook said...

For Steve Irwin, I like the Idea that Sligo had - A big alligator blow up going thru the Discovery Building like the Shark - Steve Irwin week?

silver spring penguin said...

I don't know ... When I think "Steve Irwin," I don't think "garden."

Maybe it's just me.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

It might be more appropriate to build and name a playground after Irwin. He was so active and appealed to kids.

Sligo said...

A crocodile pit would be cool.

Twoste said...

Send in Jodie Foster.
Also, let's put a gigantic inflatable Jesus on the Discovery Building.
Yeah.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

Crocodiles would be SO happy in DTSS, too.

I'm kind of disappointed in the Discovery building that they don't have some public friendly things on their first floor. Yes, there are the displays there in the lobby, but they're only open during business hours. I went by on the weekend with my little nieces to see the T-rex and the guard was, uh, not nice to us. Apparently, it's an imposition for her to get up off her behind. We looked at things through the windows, then tried to open the locked doors, which prompted this lovely young woman to start hollering at us and making dismissive gestures. Yes, standing there with a four and six year old I must have looked very threatening. I think she could have been polite about hit.

Anonymous said...

I think their next doc will claim that Steve Irwin is a decendant of Jesus and now the trinity will be referred to as the Father, Son, The Holy Spirit and the Huntah down undah.

Whatever sells.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

No, I think Steve Irwin will turn out to be one of the original Thetans.

silver spring penguin said...

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"I'm kind of disappointed in the Discovery building that they don't have some public friendly things on their first floor. Yes, there are the displays there in the lobby, but they're only open during business hours."

I agree. It's unfortunate that Discovery's lobby isn't hooked up like the National Geographic's in DC.

It would be great -- for residents and businesses -- if either Discovery or NOAA could open up a science or natural history museum.

I realize that we've got the Smithsonian in DC, but why not have something here in DTSS on a smaller scale, with fewer crowds?

Silver Springer said...

silver spring penguin said...
"I agree. It's unfortunate that Discovery's lobby isn't hooked up like the National Geographic's in DC.

It would be great -- for residents and businesses -- if either Discovery or NOAA could open up a science or natural history museum.

I realize that we've got the Smithsonian in DC, but why not have something here in DTSS on a smaller scale, with fewer crowds?"

Something like that should have been planned for the civic center but great minds weren't involved in that piece.

ssboricua said...

I wish the religious right wing crazy people would spend more time adopting children and less time bitching about liberals.

I always think the hypocrisy boils down to this... What would Jesus choose? 1) Support national health care coverage or 2) Make same sex marriages illegal. The party lines are split down the middle and yet the Democrats are the irreverent baby killers...

Terry in Silver Spring said...

NOAA has a science center and display area in the building behind the wave pond, but has never really had the funding to do more than the occasional display or program in there. Earlier this month, there was a nice interactive display on the 200th anniversary of the agency.

silver spring penguin said...

Re: NOAA Science Center

A senior advisor for NOAA's heritage programs told me that the science center never took off because of security measures since 9-11-01.

But the security there isn't any tighter than what you'd find at any office building. Discovery's security is tighter.

Then again, Discovery's gotta keep away the psycho albino monks with self-flagellation fetishes.

Now that's an exhibit for the Discovery lobby!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the bible-thumping gas station off of 495 will put up a clever Boycott Discovery message on their sign.

Anonymous said...

Probably not...they will just continue with their standard "have a blessed day".

elastic|synapse said...

I still consider this great press for Silver Spring. After growing up in Alabama (proud to say Huntsville, though), the news that comes out of there is rarely something to be fond of (regularly featured in News of the Weird). I *cringe* every time one of my friends sends me a message with the title "News from Home."

At least we HAVE the Discovery Headquarters here. Though they should have made the announcement here - not in NYC. That seemed like sort of a slap.

This is going to be MUCH better than heckling protesters in from of Planned Parenthood. REVEL in it, folks. It'll be fun! Now, if we just had that pit o' crocs and the albino nearby, we'd be all Hollywood and stuff.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

A thought popped into my mind last night. If I was walking around DTSS on a nice Saturday and happened to pass an albino monk on the sidewalk, I don't think I'd even give him a second glance. I honestly think that if you stand on a busy corner here that sooner or later every sort of person in the world would walk by you. I was at the Majestic a few months back and in front of me in line was a man in full African Tribal gear, including some kind of war club/walking stick thing and a large wooden hat with a brass knob on the top. I am not making this up. The funny thing was that from the looks of him he wasn't an African immigrant, just a free spirit of some kind. My only thought about him was that he was going to have to take off the hat if he planned on sitting in front of me.

dupreewith2es said...

I work at the Borders in DTSS(with 100% less benefits!) and the morning after Jesus Family whatever was on the news someone from Discovery came and bought EVERY SINGLE COPY.

I'm pretty sure they could have found some copies in their bathrooms or something, so I'm guessing they wanted to get them out of public hands.

Too bad we ordered more anyway.

And Steve Irwin has his own animal sanctuary and a National Day in Australia. God knows I love him, but what else could a man ask for post-mortem?