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Dominic Monaghan

'Swamp People' Is Cruel

... SHUT IT DOWN!!!

7/12/2012 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Lost" star Dominic Monaghan believes "Swamp People" is nothing more than "shock TV" that glorifies the senseless killing of alligators -- and it must be stopped.

Monaghan went off on Twitter moments ago about the History Channel show, writing, "If my hero Steve Irwin was around, those shows about killing alligators wouldn't be on TV. I'm gonna stop them."

Monaghan describes "Swamp People" as "death entertainment" that "continues to demonize reptiles as monsters and animals that are okay to torture and kill."

He adds, "If alligator populations need to be controlled, I understand. But the act should not be glorified on TV. Disgusting."

And according to Dominic, it's all the History Channel's fault -- "I blame the network, not the people."

So we gotta ask ...

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166.

Azura    

What isn't being seen here is the disclaimer at the beginning of the show that clearly states they are depicting a way of life that has been carried on for centuries. Has Mr. Monaghan been to the swamp lands of Louisiana? And New Orleans on Madi Gras doesn't count kids.Most of the people on that show know only one thing to make money, and that is hunt alligators. And personally, I see nothing wrong with it.

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167.

In The Valley    

Apparently the point of SWAMP PEOPLE is LOST on DOMINIC MONAGHAN. The show is called SWAMP PEOPLE, not LET'S KILL GATORS. We see the trials and tribulations of what it is like to live in the swamp and how the people there live and make a living. It may see brutal to a pampered actor, but to the people who buy the fishing tags and are allowed to hunt/cull alligators for ONE MONTH, it is a way of life. This practice has continued for hundreds of years and it's not going to stop because some Australian actor thinks it's icky. As far as Swamp People being a tv show, it has been #1 in cable ratings and even beats network shows. It's extremely interesting and tastefully put together. You never see a bullet hit a gator. The camera work is beautiful and the swampers are very interesting people. Story lines are compelling and keep the watcher glued to the action.

642 days ago
168.

Teann    

Maybe he needs to go back to the shire..And stay there!!

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169.

Jeff     

This Yankee just needs to not worry how we do it down south. He would starve two days n the woods. If he doesn't become gator bait.

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170.

Jeff     

This Yankee just needs to not worry how we do it down south. He would starve two days n the woods. If he doesn't become gator bait.

642 days ago
171.

Johnny    

Cmon Charlie..... do you even know WTF your talkin about?? they have to thin out the Gators or they would take over the swamp.

642 days ago
172.

Sheryl    

Geez another Hollywood wacko who wants to change the world. Hmmm there is a disclaimer at the very beginning of the show that it is graphic and this type of hunting has been done for over 300 years..this is how these men and women make a living and they only have 30 days to do that!

642 days ago
173.

Lalee    

Blah Blah Blah......Hard working people making a living on the swamp bothers you???? They have a REASON for alligator season! BTW, who is Dominic anyway????

642 days ago
174.

CECILIE    

I'm sure the youngster in Fla who just got his arm eaten recently by a nuisance gator would beg to differ...you probably think meat comes just from the store and that your leather wallet or belt just appear on the rack...you probably want the benefit without the knowledge or understanding of what happens before that point...so you should really shut just up...should all the hunting and fishing shows go off the air or do you just have a prob with gator hunters?

642 days ago
175.

Melissa    

Listen here Mr. Actor!!! You must not know anything about Swamp People or how we survive here in the South! Way before you existed, people lived off the land and that includes your ancestors! People who live in the Bayou still live like their ancestors! No one tells you what to eat or how to get it! No one messes with your livelihood! So, back up and off and leave the Swamp People and anyone else from the South ALONE!!!!!!

642 days ago
176.

Andy    

Liz beth needs to kick his ASS !!!

642 days ago
177.

lisajo    

It is a way of life for those people. Just cause you may not understand or like doesn't mean it should be shut down. So shut the H_ll up!!!

642 days ago
178.

Juli    

I could not agree with Dominic Monaghan more. I saw *one* episode, that was more than sufficient to see that those involved with the show were just cruel ridiculous redneck stereotypes that pander to the lowest in target audiences. It's sad that an otherwise intelligent and respected network would be this desperate for ratings.
Go Monaghan ! Don't be afraid to speak out for what you believe, you have as much right to free speech as anyone else.

642 days ago
179.

Robert    

LMAO What's next... Next thing you know he would be trying to put a stop to deer hunting next or better yet just stop the fishing, yeah let's call up Bass Masters and tell them we have a problem with them catching fish..I think he needs to work more on his career than stepping into something he doesn't know anything about....So the next time he sits down for his $200 steak or lobster dinner remember where the food came from and it also had to die, maybe not on film but you know its apart of life...Sounds like to me nobody has offered him a acting roll in a movie and he is trying to get his name out there again to get work...Hell apply for the Deadiest Catch and do some real work...oh my bad that would break one of his little finger nails to do work and also kill crabs..I can't stand rich people who fuss about something that has been going on for hundreds of years and now they have a problem with it.. Shut the hell up and live your own lifes, stop trying to stop others from living there's..If he dont like the show then don't damn watch it.. Hell LOST was the worst show ever and I hated it along with the world but do you hear me or see me trying to stop it no I just dont' give a **** about it...Dude you need a role model and let go of your mommys tit..

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180.

dan    

Don't watch the show moron.... nut-up and join the military sissy-boy

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