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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all know who Mike Tyson is…he’s a boxing champion, an undisputed heavyweight, a crazed lunatic (for biting off Evander Holyfield’s earlobe), and has even done a few minor roles in movies. The latest, of course, was his part in The Hangover, as himself.

Now, Tyson is doing something that seems a little out of his league. He has just signed up to work on a new reality tv show on Animal Planet. I know what you’re thinking…how does Mike Tyson get on Animal Planet? Pigeons, that’s how. The New York Post reported that the champ owns a few hundred birds at various lofts in Brooklyn and New Jersey.

The show, called Taking on Tyson, will focus on Tyson’s love of his pigeons. He claims he has been caring for birds since age 11. He provided shelter and food for many birds around his childhood home in Brownsville. This is the first time he will race the pigeons, and has even called in an expert to train them.

Pigeon racing is a widely occuring sport, in which the birds sometimes race up to 500 miles in one race, putting them at risk for medical and emotional issues. Because of this fact, it is also widely disliked, especially by animal activist groups. PETA and Audubon Magazine have already jumped on the bandwagon to have this sport stopped.

However, Tyson is especially excited about this latest endeavour, which will begin shooting in Brooklyn later next month. If you happen to be in the area, make sure you take special care of the way you treat the pigeons. “I never hurt anybody until somebody hurt one of my birds,” Tyson says.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Remember when MTV first started out? It was a small network that began in the 80s and revolutionized the way music and television were viewed. Literally. It was the first time anyone saw a real music video.

Teenagers secretly snuck into their television rooms while their parents weren’t looking and watched the hippest video versions of their favorite songs, making them feel instantly cooler. Stars like Madonna, Pat Benetar, and the Buggles ruled the screen. Then things started going awry…

When MTV introduced their first reality show, things started to go downhill. The Real World was a look inside a world where seven strangers came together to live. Everything the college aged party animals did was taped with very few things held back. The show was a great success, so the network kept airing more shows like it.

These days, there are more reality shows on the network than there are actual music videos. In fact, it’s a rare thing to witness any occurence of music at all. We can thank the television channel for raunchy shows like Jersey Shore (douchebags pictured above).

As a result, the network has decided to take the ‘music’ out of its logo. In an article from the Los Angeles Times, David Howe, president of the SyFy channel, says the name ‘music television’ is too limiting and outdated. MTV’s head of marketing, Tina Exarhos, believes that people don’t refer to the channel as ‘music television’ anymore and the network should move on.

I spend a lot of time reminiscing about simpler times, and this is certainly one of those cases. Reality shows make America dumber! Not to mention, most people who watch MTV’s reality shows are mostly teenagers. An entire generation, wasting their brain’s potential on this stuff.

Good thing I cancelled my television service.

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