Man who confronted “Central Park Karen” gets TV show

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31 May 2022, 10:00 am

Bird-watcher wrongfully accused in Central Park video gets a bird-watching TV show

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Christian Cooper, the bird-watching Black man who was the target of false accusations during an encounter in New York City's Central Park in 2020, has a new TV show airing on National Geographic.

The channel announced this week that Cooper, a lifelong bird-watcher, will host a series called Extraordinary Birder. In the series, Cooper will take viewers into the "wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds," according to National Geographic.

The channel has yet to announce a premiere date for the show.

In an interview with The New York Times Cooper said his love for bird-watching began at age 10, and he told the newspaper he "was all in" when National Geographic approached him about the possibility of a TV show nearly a year and a half ago.

"I love spreading the gospel of birding," he said in the Times interview.


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31 May 2022, 2:41 pm

I wonder how the "Karen" is doing.....

The woman shouldn't have said anything about the guy being African-American---unless she was asked for a description of the "suspect."



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31 May 2022, 3:21 pm

Good for him.

I hope Amy Cooper is getting the help she needs.


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31 May 2022, 4:50 pm

Amy Cooper has become a meme
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/central-park-karen

Looks like she became more famous than her victim



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31 May 2022, 10:06 pm

No defending Karen's behavior, which was totally out of line. But in reviewing the transcript, the guy did sound a bit threatening:

ME: Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it.
HER: What's that?
ME (to the dog): Come here, puppy!
HER: He won't come to you.
ME: We'll see about that…



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01 Jun 2022, 2:26 am

Matrix Glitch wrote:
No defending Karen's behavior, which was totally out of line. But in reviewing the transcript, the guy did sound a bit threatening:


Yeah, there's like a 60 page thread about why she was the one attempting weaponising his race and (apparently) not bothered if the cops rolled up and shot him.



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01 Jun 2022, 4:19 am

I do not want to relitigate the incident as the thread doing that was locked and if this thread becomes relitigation it will be locked again.

What this does prove is with so many channels you have a chance to be rewarded for your "weird" special interest. It helps if you are in the right place at the right time. Christian's incident occurring the day George Floyd was murdered sure helped.

I think the show has a chance at success. This show should appeal to more than just hardcore birders, there are a humongous amount of animal lovers out there. His mini-celebrity should get an initial decent audience. Thereafter it is like any show, will the audience find Christian engaging?


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01 Jun 2022, 5:33 am

ASPartOfMe wrote:
I do not want to relitigate the incident as the thread doing that was locked and if this thread becomes relitigation it will be locked again.

What this does prove is with so many channels you have a chance to be rewarded for your "weird" special interest. It helps if you are in the right place at the right time. Christian's incident occurring the day George Floyd was murdered sure helped.

I think the show has a chance at success. This show should appeal to more than just hardcore birders, there are a humongous amount of animal lovers out there. His mini-celebrity should get an initial decent audience. Thereafter it is like any show, will the audience find Christian engaging?


Those claiming Christian Cooper was really the aggressor actually conveniently ignore (and this wasn't mentioned the aforementioned locked thread) that he was a passionate/avid birder.

The whole reason he was riled up originally was he wanted to protect the birds in the area from being harassed by the unleashed doggie. If he had been white I am sure Amy cooper would have just argued with him that her dog has much right to be in the park as those birds but she didn't and everyone knows why.



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01 Jun 2022, 6:03 am

cyberdad wrote:
ASPartOfMe wrote:
I do not want to relitigate the incident as the thread doing that was locked and if this thread becomes relitigation it will be locked again.

What this does prove is with so many channels you have a chance to be rewarded for your "weird" special interest. It helps if you are in the right place at the right time. Christian's incident occurring the day George Floyd was murdered sure helped.

I think the show has a chance at success. This show should appeal to more than just hardcore birders, there are a humongous amount of animal lovers out there. His mini-celebrity should get an initial decent audience. Thereafter it is like any show, will the audience find Christian engaging?


Those claiming Christian Cooper was really the aggressor actually conveniently ignore (and this wasn't mentioned the aforementioned locked thread) that he was a passionate/avid birder.

The whole reason he was riled up originally was he wanted to protect the birds in the area from being harassed by the unleashed doggie. If he had been white I am sure Amy cooper would have just argued with him that her dog has much right to be in the park as those birds but she didn't and everyone knows why.


It's quite likely Amy Cooper was just an entitled dognutter acting like an entitled dognutter. The attitudes some people have in regards to their dogs are despicable.


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01 Jun 2022, 6:09 am

Losing her job and being vilified by the media hopefully taught Amy Cooper a lesson.

I don’t know if she’s a racist—but she certainly sought to make use of racist stereotypes to aid in her “victory” within the situation.



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01 Jun 2022, 6:29 am

funeralxempire wrote:
cyberdad wrote:
ASPartOfMe wrote:
I do not want to relitigate the incident as the thread doing that was locked and if this thread becomes relitigation it will be locked again.

What this does prove is with so many channels you have a chance to be rewarded for your "weird" special interest. It helps if you are in the right place at the right time. Christian's incident occurring the day George Floyd was murdered sure helped.

I think the show has a chance at success. This show should appeal to more than just hardcore birders, there are a humongous amount of animal lovers out there. His mini-celebrity should get an initial decent audience. Thereafter it is like any show, will the audience find Christian engaging?


Those claiming Christian Cooper was really the aggressor actually conveniently ignore (and this wasn't mentioned the aforementioned locked thread) that he was a passionate/avid birder.

The whole reason he was riled up originally was he wanted to protect the birds in the area from being harassed by the unleashed doggie. If he had been white I am sure Amy cooper would have just argued with him that her dog has much right to be in the park as those birds but she didn't and everyone knows why.


It's quite likely Amy Cooper was just an entitled dognutter acting like an entitled dognutter. The attitudes some people have in regards to their dogs are despicable.


Staying on the topic of the thread (and not getting it locked) I think Christian's philosophy would be the native birds probably have more right to enjoy the parklands than the people and the dog.

BTW the doggie was very cute and Amy abused the poor thing. It wasn't his fault, the doggie was actually Amy's second victim (the way she strangled him). Fortunately she had the sense to return him to the dog shelter but I only hope he wasn't put down.



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01 Jun 2022, 7:06 am

The place where I work has extensive grounds that's private property, but open to the public to stroll through if they behave themselves. Anyways a guy was running around with an unleashed dog, so I asked him to leash it, and he went full out Karen on me. F you this f you that MF the works. Then he came back a minute after he finally left and demanded to know the name of my "manager". I told him he lost the right to get that info. But now I wish I had tried escorting him to the nearby security office to talk to the "manager". Dog Karens might be the worst of all.



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01 Jun 2022, 6:30 pm

Was there signage? Amy Cooper knew the area she loosed her dog had clear signage. 90% of her response against Christian was that she was irritated she was caught doing the wrong thing.

I drove my dog to a wetlands area where I have seen other people take their dogs. Without signage dog owners only have other dog owners as a guide. I took my pooch on leash and was confronted by an old dude who lectured me and said "Didn't you see the signs"? It turned out the signage was 1km away on the other side of the wetland. But had I known I wouldn't have taken my dog (even though I always keep him on leash).

Amy Cooper lived next door and was 100% familiar with the dog bylaws. She couldn't pull a fast one like "I didn't the signs" as they were quite clearly next to her when she was confronted by Christian.



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01 Jun 2022, 7:17 pm

I'm looking forward to the premiere; I love nature shows, and he seems to have a lot of those on-screen qualities, like handsome and fit looking with a nice smile to boot. His voice is one those of husky/raspy/whisper-y types and his laugh makes me smile. His enthusiasm for birding is clear; I hope he gets a good producer and all that so he might succeed. TV can be so cruel and fickle.



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01 Jun 2022, 7:42 pm

Nature shows are actually quite popular (hence David Attenborough and Animal Planet etc). The problem is that the presenters are often reliant on local people to navigate their way through jungles or forests etc and explain things.

In this TV program Christian Cooper is not just talking about his passion, he will be trekking through biomes that he is familiar with and with bird species he has photographed and studied for many years.