As the Director of the International Cryptozoology Museum, I thought folks might be interested in a formal position the museum is now taking for at least the next year. We will not be involved in next year’s summer Halloween celebrations at our local minor league baseball park, and shall be rejecting involvement in any of this year’s possible Halloween Bigfoot costume contests in the wake of the Randy Lee Tenley event.
As you all recall, Mr. Tenley decided to wear a Ghillie suit in August and go out on Highway 93, to create a Bigfoot hoax. He was killed when hit by two cars.
For the next year, the museum will not be associated with Bigfoot costume contests, giveaways, and other events that might end in a hoax. A fake YouTube film. Or a death.
It is just too soon.
More discussions need to occur about the responsibility of reality television shows in these events.
Thomas Byers took a tape of “Bigfoot” along Golden Valley Church Road in Rutherford County, NC on March 22, 2011.
It is obvious that such programming has promoted people crossing highways in Bigfoot costumes, and having someone else electronically record their antics for posting on YouTube, with the hope of the fake footage being used by major cable television production companies.
What are your thoughts as Halloween approaches?