Documentary show “Carnivore” about hunting – man eats what he hunts

The “Carnivore” man would never think of going into a butcher and asking for two steaks and 200 grams of sausage. And never in his life has he fried his Angus beef burgers from freezing. Steven Rinella makes him like the men of old. He goes to the desert and hunts whatever he wants in his cooking pot or grill. Steven Rinella says things like “I’m a carnivore” or “I live to hunt and hunt to live.” It’s not necessary to like the protagonist of the Netflix documentary series “Meat Eater”.

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And yet, the 47-year-old conservative from Michigan, a father of three, has been a television character for ten seasons – mostly in the United States, where the first six seasons of Sportsman Channel’s “Meat Eater” aired. His hunting and fishing adventures in Germany are on the Netflix portfolio since 2019. And new episodes have just come out.

“Meat Eater” is – also – a series of testosterone

The new season goes to Hawaii, so a creepy Dick Dale surfing guitar is the featured soundtrack. With his friends Ryan and Danny and professional hunting bows, Rinella travels to the Pacific Islands. Many species of animals that have been introduced here have become wild, as can be heard: chickens, turkeys, pigs, etc. Goats have existed since the time of Captain Cook, say the three protagonists themselves. Some food information for the audience.

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Discuss hunting tactics for Hawaiian money and goats, how close you need to get before hunting, what the wind is like and whether the hunter is better off showing or hiding. Jokes are exchanged, three men laugh happily afterwards and one asks what is funny about the fact that the sea is the border of the hunting ground here. And then it gets a little unpopular: “The little ones taste best.”

Yes, “Meat Eater” is definitely one of those testosterone series in which, in addition to self-hunting, you admire everything that is supposed to be masculine – like e.g. military or off-road driving. It goes well with documentary shows about car mechanics laying their hands on old-tailed cell phones, or about craftsmen turning their carpenter’s hammers in their hands like Wyatt Earp his revolvers before the first nail hits the tree house construction.

Vegetarians can only tremble, right?

At first glance, The Carnivore seems to be a cinematic middle finger – aimed at vegetarians and vegans. The growing movement of those who love animals and therefore have decided not to want meat on their plates anymore – by 2021, about seven million vegetarians live in Germany, at least 800,000 of them eat vegan, the scene has grown fifteenfold since 1983 -, can only leave in horror of these men-meat-is-my-vegetables-who pass through the grass in camouflage wardrobe and then fail to kill a goat with a single arrow.

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And while Rinella and his friends are removing their hunting skin, they are already talking about their next move to pull one of the fastest Wahoo in the torpedo out of the sea. The raw meat of these fish tastes really great and tender – soy sauce and wasabi were enough to accompany it.

Rinella’s staging is always the same: arrival, hunting, carving animals, preparing food (after all, not the housewife’s job). The series aims to show, not learn. And above all, free, undeveloped nature is shown as the abode of the real man, who takes care of himself and adheres to a radically different cuisine. Anyone who then wants to know more can buy Rinella’s books, for example, some of which have been published in German – the titles “Real Men Shoot Themselves” and “Animals Kill and Eat”. “American Buffalo – In Search of a Lost Icon,” in which Rinella recounts how he killed a bison in the snowy mountains of Alaska and turned meat into civilization – followed by two grizzlies and near death – was a 2009 bestseller. in the US.

Rinella, perhaps America’s most famous hunter, has received death threats from animal rights activists for his work. The worlds are not as far away as originally assumed. Rinella likes to eat meat, but he makes full use of his prey and despises people who wash animals and stress and torment them to the extreme simply because of the narrowness of the stables, as well as because of sometimes disgusting occurrences. in animal transport. and in slaughterhouses. Man is known to be an extremely unpleasant neighbor to his creatures on earth, hunting as Rinella does – without any Victory Safari gesture – seems to be a much more humane way to continue to allow meat on the plate compared to farming in factory.

The pandemic has once again made hunting more attractive

“Meat Eater” has long been more than a Netflix show in the US, it is a lifestyle brand. “Your connection to the food chain” is the company’s slogan, 120 employees work for Rinella. There are videos and podcasts on Youtube, the company sells hunting equipment and clothing. Penguin Verlag has also ordered five more books by Rinella. The business is good – and since 2020, Corona has ensured that many Americans have hunting weapons and fishing rods again, when the number of hunters after decades of decline was only 4 percent (of whom 90 percent were men and 97 percent percent were white).

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“Hunting tells us who we really are,” Rinella told the Meat Eater. Perhaps strongly believing that only a fraction of his viewers would like to achieve such self-awareness. As a mass phenomenon against farmers, the “Carnivore” would not work either. Unimaginable, hundreds of millions would come out aiming to hunt deer for dinner in the woods.

“Meat Eaters” Documentary by Steven Rinella (Netflix)

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