Years ago I watched the pilot episode of Doomsday Preppers, Up until recently, yesterday, I had not bothered to watch another episode. I got to thinking that maybe I was judging the show unfairly and decided to watch a few episodes and make an informed decision. I watched most of two episodes, most because I lost interest in one and saw too much crazy on the other one. I’ll break down what I don’t like about the show and why it’s bad for us as a community.
Being too Specific
When people ask me why I prep I usually respond with I like to be prepared. Prepared for what? Anything and everything I can be. The people in the show are all preparing for a very specific singular event. Being that specific leads to a lot of holes in your preps. If all your preps are built towards one specific disaster it leaves you wide open to everything else. While you can’t be prepared for everything by generalizing your preps you maximize your preparedness for a wider range of disasters. For example food storage, money, med supplies etc will help you in any situation. You always have to eat. You do not always need a chem suit, a bunker and what not.
The people on these shows are way too extreme. They solve simple problems with extreme solutions. In one episode the family was running out of room in their home for all the preps they had. The solution they came up with is to have a bunker built into their suburban backyard. A yard I saw more grass in than garden or any garden for that matter. To pay for that bunker they had to make serious life sacrifices. A simple solution would have been build a shed in the backyard. It cost only a few hundred bucks, would solve the space issue and would look completely normal in backyard.
One couple I saw was worried about civil unrest and violence. They were worried about the government taking their guns away so instead of arming up with gun they decided to make home made throwing stars to fight off mobs of looters. Really that’s the solution they came up with, because the government might take something. Relaying on homemade throwing stars to protect your family is more than crazy it’s plain stupid.
These people come off as scared to me. They let their fear get out of control and rule their lives. I don’t let fear control me. I take comfort in my preps, they are my insurance to let me live my life to the fullest. I don’t walk around paranoid and scared. I know the producers of the show look for the most extreme, crazy people and use creative editing and prompts to get them to sound worse than they are. I also know that these people are the minority. I’ve met a lot of preppers and survivalists and they are some of the most down to earth practical and sane people I’ve met. Now that I’ve given the show a chance I will go back to not watching it, now with reasons to no watch it. I’ve written that show off and any similar ones. I get a few casting emails to be on shows, documentaries and ignore every one of them.
Do you watch Doomsday Preppers? Do you watch another Survivalist show? What do you like/ hate about the shows? Let me know in the comments!
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