Discovery Channel

discovery channel hosts - les stroud, adam savage, bear grylls, jamie hyneman, richard machowicz, ben bailey, danny forster, and mike rowe
–noun, plural -er·ies.

  1. the act or an instance of discovering.
  2. something discovered.
  3. Law. compulsory disclosure, as of facts or documents.
  4. (initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the third space shuttle to orbit and return to earth.
  5. a cable TV channel for white men.

I’ve been watching a lot of television lately. One of my favorite networks to watch is the Discovery Channel. The Discovery Channel features all sorts of informative shows that keep my post-work/gym brain humming along as I sit eating dinner. The programs on the Discovery Channel slip into my brain like a well-worn pair of slippers. It really is not rocket science as to why this happens. All of the hosted programs on the Discovery Channel are hosted by white men. If I look in the mirror, that’s what I see. If I turn on the Discovery Channel, this is what I see (99% of the time).

I was watching Dirty Jobs when I started to contemplate what it means for a channel called “Discovery” to be so overtly white man centric. I turn on the channel, see people who look just like me and I think, “I can do that too!” Seeing people who look just like me is something that I, as a white man, can pretty much do at any time on the Discovery Channel. I feel that the Discovery Channel is reinforcing the idea that science and discovery is something that only white men can practice, complete, imagine, etc. It is a sexist and a racist ideal that is being overtly promoted on the Discovery Channel.

I recently posted on why a White Entertainment Television channel does not exist. The Discovery Channel is one of many channels that is promoting whiteness and patriarchal supremacy.

Why doesn’t the Discovery Channel have any women and/or hosts of color?