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He’s Back: Can Your Zoo Compete with Derek Zoolander?

I was disappointed to learn that Zoolander had nothing to do with zoos when I first learned of its release in 2001. I never actually saw the film. When I read a synopsis like the one below, I was no more compelled to see it in theaters.

“Zoolander is a 2001 American satirical comedy film directed by Ben Stiller and starring Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell. The film contains elements from a pair of short films directed by Russell Bates and written by Drake Sather and Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards television specials in 1996 and 1997. The short films and the film itself feature a dimwitted male model named Derek Zoolander (a play on the names of Dutch model Mark Vanderloo and American model Johnny Zander), played by Stiller. The film involves Zoolander becoming the pawn of corrupt fashion executives in order to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia.” – Wikipedia

In learning about the upcoming release of Zoolander 2, I am no more interested in watching the feature  film series, but what has occurred to me is that the world we live in is often ridiculous.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like Ben Stiller, but I can’t think of a more absurd movie plot in history.  I know that the whole point of the film was to be asinine, but it still speaks to how crazy you have to get to capture people’s attention. With that said, the movie still managed to gross $45,172,250.

To me, the success of the film speaks to what young people aren’t doing with their free time. They aren’t immersing themselves in the natural world and they aren’t making an effort to learn about nature; They are watching films like Zoolander, which tells me that zoos are more important than ever. In order for nature to be interesting and to compete with the entertainment industry, nature has to be packaged in an entertaining or engaging way. Just my two cents.

Dr. Jordan Schaul
Dr. Jordan Schaul is an American zoologist, conservationist, journalist and animal trainer from Shaker Heights, Ohio.- Wikipedia

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