A few of you might've missed the boat on The History Channel's reality series "Swamp People," and unfortunately are only realizing it in light of "Swamp People" star Mitchell Guist's death.
The series is set in Louisiana's Atchafalaya Swamp, and focuses on Cajun alligator hunters, like the late Mitchell Guist and his brother Glenn, during the 30-day hunting season that the History Channel notes is "crucial to their survival."
It may sound like a simple concept, but fans will tell you that's also its draw.
Now in its third season, "Swamp People" is a ratings win for The History Channel in its Thursday night timeslot. Last week, "Swamp People" was the top original cable program, pulling in 3.8 million viewers, according to TV by the Numbers.
At the heart of the show are "Swamp People's" cast of characters, and Mitchell and his brother were among fans' favorites.
The pair are described by The History Channel as "swampers through and through," two brothers living "entirely off the land" and "making use of everything nature has to offer."
That lifestyle resonated with many, as seen in the response of CNN.com commenters like thammu, who viewed Mitchell as "an original on the show, and it brought me renewed respect for people living off the land(and waters) they love."
Entertainment Weekly has called "Swamp People" a "refreshing departure from the over-produced, glossy fare that dominates much of the reality TV landscape," and its millions of viewers have welcomed that change.
"'Swamp People' is one of the only Reality TV shows I have ever enjoyed," said CNN.com commenter stonecrow of Guist's passing. "The reason being that the people they show are genuine, hospitable and decent. While it can become repetitive seeing the same hunt scenario every week, the Guist brothers, Troy and all the rest don't appear to be celebrity w****s like so many others in the reality TV circuit. For the folks that don't understand that, feel free to get your fill of Snookie [sic] instead. I'll take the Cajuns any day. RIP Mitchell."
This is airing of vicious cruelty by the worst criminals. The psychotic producers who make this so called “show” should be thrown in prison along with the hillbilly pedophiles and threats to society who take part in these atrocities.
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Mitchell will be missed by many, although I didn't know him personally I still feel a great sence of loss knowing I will not see him any longer. I feel sympathy for his brother Glenn, who you know lost not only his brother but his best friend. It's very sad. I hope Glenn can still be the wonderful man he is without his partener in crime and be able to still live as happily as he had been when Mitchell was here. Rest in peace Mitchell.
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First of all, prayers and condolences to the Guist family. Second, a bit of local perspective is in order, for what the show is and what it isn't. I'm a Cajun from the same area, although I hunt and fish, often in the same swamps and marshes, I do not live in the swamp and I don't hunt alligators. That being said, some people do. The argument can be made that it's not a "history" show. Fair enough. It's no secret that the History Channel has gotten away from their core programming in favor of reality TV. But that doesn't mean it's NO history. Just about every episode explains something from the past, in the history of Cajun and Native American culture of this area. Also, it's "reality TV", but it's still "showbiz". I'm not saying it's fake and these people are by no stretch actors, but the "drama" (ordinary small issues, somewhat exaggerated) is encouraged on camera. A common theme is "will we tag out in time this year?". The truth is, here in Louisiana our swamps and marshes are so FULL of alligators that pretty much most alligator hunters fill all their tags, and many tag out with time to spare. And the camera angles, splashes, editing, pounding drums, all create the effect that pretty much every alligator they take is about to kill them instead. Now I don't hunt alligators, but a man I know does and says often it's not all that dramatic as the show makes it look. But sometimes it can ABSOLUTELY be EVERY BIT as dramatic and DANGEROUS. So it's part reality, part exaggeration, but to me it's ALL entertaining. And to the nay-sayers and the "oh they're just torturing and killing these beautiful, big, gentle creatures" crowd, get a dose of REALITY. There's a PRUPOSE for this. Go the the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) website and look up alligator hunting.
For those of you who think that killing alligators is cruel, do you have any leather in your house or any meat in your freezer? Those alligators are killed humanely, unlike the meat you eat and the leather in your house who are born and bred for years of suffering. Rest in peace Mitch. Every time I watched the show, it was great to see you live your dream. More of us should be like you and and your brother. God bless.
OK<<OK ya,i know all about what i have in my house,,and,,you are right,,but,,to make it look o so hard,,1st,,the gator is hooked,,,and 2nd,,to make it look so cool to shot it in the head,,o ya,,thats why i want to watch it,,what a joke,,all i see on T V now is killing ..lets kill the pig,s...ok,,ya,,might be out of control,but what i am getting at to show the average fool,,hey look,,it,s fun,,is a bad thing,,and you know that the truth,,for god,s sake,,lets put something good on for a change,,
yes mike, you are right..let's put on a show about gators being so sympathetic towards you for your reply that they would lick your face for you feeling so sorry for them
Awww...so sorry to hear about Mitchell's passing. Well, he lived on his terms, and died while in the bayou where he loved to be. RIP Mitch. Be strong, Glenn.
RIP Mitchelll. i love the Swamp People, I respect their way of life....living off the lands. He will be missed. BIG UPS to the show and the cast. Much love, much respect.
Another dumb show on the History Channel. Anything to do with hunting and hurting animals shouldn't be on TV. Period.
Hey you know what you troll its part of life! We as humans have been hunters and gatherers are whole history. Without hunting we would have over population of animals and it would be bad for the environment and humans. Survival of the fittest baby! Go back to your tree hugging community while we all enjoy the beef, pork, chicken, fish & whatever other animal we might have killed to eat its meat!
Agreed WI. This show is as stupid as they come. I am sure some alligators are happy Mitchell died in the same waters he killed on! What they do to these animals is just disgusting.
It is so disgusting to see the mean and negative remarks when someone passes away.You sure wouldn't like to read nasty remarks about your family. And I could almost bet that you mistreat animals & kids.My tv and your tv happens to have an off and on button and it absolutely will change a channel if I don't like what's on. And if it doesn't – unplug it -that works everytime! Have a heart -think of other people besides yourself and stop criticizing everything and everybody for once in your life. I look forward to Swamp People every Thursday night and try to catch every rerun. I will miss Mitch very much. My prayers to his family – especially Glenn and to the Swamp People Crew.
It's a great show. What do you have against hunting? Are you a vegetarian? Do you own any leather? I'm pretty sure you're a hypocrite.
same reply i have for all the bleeding hearts. "yes , you are right..let's put on a show about gators being so sympathetic towards you for your reply that they would lick your face for you feeling so sorry for them"
Possibly if the elite DC crowd that enables Wall Street to destroy Main Street, focused on real issues;the History
Channel could provide real journalism.
Great Show ...True A
My favorite show! I love Troy the most. He is definitely the king.
Choot it! Choot it Clint!
RIP, condolences, but it's shows like this that is the reason I don't have cable. The History Channel? What does this have to do with history?
I'll bet the cable companies are crying their eyes out because you don't subscribe to their services. Maybe if you did watch the History Channel you would see how the show relates to history! Thank You!
As it says in the beginning credits of Swamp People, "the way of life portrayed here goes back 300 years". I agree that some things on the history channel do not seem like they should be there, but this show teaches us sa great deal about how the Cajuns make ends meet living on the bayous.
What does this have to do with History, you ask, These are real people, who have all of their lives have lived in the swamp and learned generations of passed down knowledge. Not like this Reality Junk they have on T.V. now. These people are genuine and who they are is what you get. They are not trying to impress anyone. They are just Good Down Home People who live the simple life , and Love it. And. wouldn't want it any other way. May Mitchell RIP, and my thoughts & Prayers are with him and his brother and The Swamp Family !
Are you kidding? People have been living like the swampers do for thousands of years in the bayous, and the way of life depicted is timeless. If that isn't history, I don't know what is.
I agree Cheryl. I’ve watched this show and it is a long stretch to connect this with history. They are just cashing in on the ‘reality’ TV sheep.
I think I enjoyed these two brothers more than the alligator hunters. They were the real deal for sure and they had total respect for their "Daddy" and everything he taught them about survival in the swamp. May God rest Mitchell's soul and may Glen find the strength to go on without his best friend and brother.
i watch the show and like and apreciate it and what they do its no different than hunting deer which we have here in Indiana all the time to control the population of deer, if not there would be a lot more deer meeting cars. And as far as RJ and Jay Paul they are native Indians who as well been doing this for generations so be careful what you say your ancestors could have been here as well making a good honest lively hood
why is this world so full of hate. this show may not have been for everyone but it was as original as the characters. the "gentle" man that died will be missed. why a "gentle" ,man you said, because he would have done anything for anyone. it was down to earth their was no "show" in his character. He was the real deal. Enjoy the big swamp in the sky my friend. you will be missed.
He wasn't drunk and out at 3 am in the morning doing something totally stupid, how do you expect today's youth to know who he was?
"What is Swamp people"???? Their daughters go to Barnyard College.
That is probably one of the most ignorant remarks I have heard today.
There is a difference between stupid and ignorance...
YOU however.. are an insult to stupidity...total CEREBRAL VOID..
The doctor who delivered my daughter was Cajun. That same Cajun saved my unborn second baby's life when I went into preterm labor week 22, and she is now a healthy 2 year old. Best doctor ever.
i am cajun...and i've never heard of "barnyard college" funny you have heard of it..
This show is about history. Some are just too stupid to realize it as they have been raised to go to he mall and store and shop for what they want. I love these guys as they are so real! and honest! Hard to find in our society today! GW and Sue should check their closets, bet they are wearing leather shoes. Of course, they never think beyond the fact they can guy them!
All of the negative comments are so discouraging. Who cares that this man was on a Reality Series? How about just looking at this as a 48 year old man whose life ended far too soon. How about giving a thought or two to the fact that he now has family members and friends who are grieving his loss? What does it matter that he was Cajun or lived in Louisiana rather than L.A.? God Bless this man and his family.
These two men were not 'alligator hunters' peruse.
They live off the land and if an alligator was within gunshot range during open season..
and they secured the requisite tags and licenses to hunt the beast....then gator meat was on the menu
was he 48??
I tried to watch this show a few times, love unique experiences and people living different lives. However these people are ignorant morons. Hunting alligators and the fear mongering about them, it's like listening to tribesmen in Africa talking about the 20 foot man eating lion who is trying to kill them all. The show gave me a headache. Sorry about this man evidently he had many fans.
I imagine your idea of entertainment is the mind numbing Jersey Shore.
I'm truly sorry for you Lala...you just don't get it.
Who are you to judge these people who know how to live off the land.Sounds like you're the ignorant moron,could you live off the land?Probably not,you might get your hands dirty.It really angers me to see people put down like that.Keep your ignorant coments to yourself.
How ignorant can you be. You have no concept of what life is like without your mall and other unecessary trinkets. I am more and more less enthused each day as I see people that have to have their gadgets to exist today. I am not a gadget person. I have a cell phone because it is necessary for work and family to get hold of me when necessary. I feel sorry for people like you that could not exist without your grocery store, mall, and gadget stores. These people hunt alligators to provide for their families, and Mitchell and Glen lived off the land. You my dear person would not have survived 150 or 100 years ago. Probably not even 75 years ago.
lala..take 30 aspirins and come see me in the morning.. ifever a show would give me a headache (even though i am cajun) i am not moronic enough to keep watching it.
After reading some of these comments, it appears that a few people are missing the whole reason for this article.
It is not to judge or ridicule someone else because they have a completely different lifestyle. It is to let people know of Mitch's passing. These men risk their lives almost daily to provide for their families. I have loved this show from the very beginning and can't miss an episode. Glenn and family, my thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow.
Nicely put. I completely agree with you.
I could not have said it better, bettzi.
Well all I can say to the bunch of closed minded jerks on here making such stupid remarks about the cajuns,if you don't like the show turn your flat screen off,or go watch the idiots on jersy shores or the kumdashians.If I had the chance I'd take some of you to the swamp and use you for aligator bait,leave you tied to a stump.SCHUTE EM CLINT!!!!!!!!!!
Some?! A lot more than some I hope PAW PAW!!
Sorry to hear about the death of Mitchell Guist. My prayers go out to Glen and the Guist Family. I enjoy this show because the people are genuine as Cajun’s there way of life that they live. This show is not a fake reality, like so many others. Growing up in Louisiana I can relate because I am also Cajun (last name Clavier). My Parents first language is Cajun French, and the second language is English. I grew up doing all the same things that are on the show. It is common that there are ignorant people out there that think Cajun’s are not intelligent, which the opposite is true. It’s sad that people are judged, based on color, or where they are from. If people were raised in a Cajun family, they would not think like that!
Cajuns, do not kill animals for fun, it’s to put food on the table. Hunting curves the population, which is why there are seasons to hunt different wild game, including alligators.
But I say, if you don’t like the show, change the channel and have a great day!!
Another Cajun born, raised, and proud of our heritage!
Interesting you mention Cajun French. There's a Quebec French that's different than school taught French. If you're in Montreal you can probably get by with it but if you get out away from the big city I'm told the dialect is so different you're probably going to have serious trouble communicating. The last ancestor of my wife who could speak fluent Quebec French was her grandfather Ernest Hebert. Ernest' grandfather was Antoine Hebert who immigrated from Quebec to upstate NY around 1850. So he apparently passed down Quebec French to his son John and then to John's son Ernest. My wife's aunt, daughter of Ernest, told me she was taking French in school. When she came home she asked her father to help her and he told her the school French was all wrong. Then when she went to school the teacher told her that her father's French was all wrong. Finally, she gave up and dropped the school French class.
I'm waiting for the History Channel to change its name. It's shows have not had much to do with history for some time now.
I completely agree, Alan. I've moved on to the Smithsonian Channels to get good historical programming.
I imagine all these haters that are calling them hillbilly's and dumb are the same ones shopping in the Oscar de la renta,Giorgio Armani or saks type stores buying alligator boots and belts. Also alligator hand bags thinking that they are so educated and stylish and Fashionable. Where do think these products come from. From theses hard working honest American's. You Hollywood type and self proclaimed educated could Learn a lot from people like the Guist Brothers. you should be ashamed of yourselves Rest In Peace Mitchell . And Thank you for the joy you brought to me and my Family.
Love all the swamp people.It sorta like the deadlist catch . The people are decent and human anis refreshing from the duplicious boedom of the big city.i would love to spend a day with elizabeth cavalier, christy, Willie, Troy,Joe and tommy, RJ and J Paul,and tyler. Who would you rather spend an evening with, Rush Limbaugh, Al ShARPTON, snooli or Elizabeth at teh Cajon Bar and grill drinking beer and eatin crawfish .Almost mrried a girl from Lafayettes ragin cajons but she said no. Kinda put a damper on the whole affair.
The people who hate the way History channel is going are probably the same people that make shows like theT Kardasians and Toddlers and Tieras popular......RIP.....Mitch
ignorant city dwellers...RIP Michell. this is my kind of reality TV.
I am saddened to hear of Mitchell Guist's passing. He and his brother, for me, exemplified living off the land. RIP Mitchell, I pray there is gar-fish for you in Heaven...
I have been reading comments for the last 30 mins. What is wrong with you people? A man has passed away on a show that is dearly loved by a lot of people. I have never seen so much disrespect. Glenn and Mitchell are wonderful people. I admire their way of life and find it educational. They do not need all the riches that the majority of us have or need. I wish for all of you to be as happy as the brothers and the entire cast. Glenn I know will miss Mitchell dearly but I know he is resting in peace. God Bless
Blah, blah, blah.
Sorry PS, but there is nothing educational about swamp people, it's all staged, the guns are not real, when they 'shoot' a gator and drag it into the boat, they cut to an already dead gator to pull in...... It's all show, not one real truth in it... The hook a gator and pull on it to get it to roll in an attempt to escape, the gator is not trying to bite them, it is trying to escape, there is no such thing as a death roll. It' s all show...
Blah, blah, blah.
May 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm
That Sue is just full of intelligent comments today........
baatman? why don't you come down here and shoot the fake gun and help them load the already gator in the boat. though i don't know the others i know of liz choates husband's family as i already worked for their uncle. you know nothing of what you are talking about
just from the commercials it gave me a "deliverance" impression of these guys and why would I ever want to sit and watch these people kill alligators? this is not my idea of entertainment!
Scruffy, perhaps you'd be better off watching the Kardashians, who are wearing items created from the very material the
swamp people" hunt . . . better yet, let's toss your ignorant self into the bayou ;)
The why are you replying to something you know nothing about!
Our prayers are with Glen and the Guist Family. We just love that show.
Some people here act like the more Cajun a person is, the less intelligent. I find this amusing because I'm seeing a lot of well-spoken people who identify as Cajun from Louisiana here, vs. the usual trolls and kiddies who can't spell. I'll take an accent or occasionally misused word over lazy text speech any day.
History Channel, show history, not trash. Great show for Discovery, or Nat. Geo, not History Channel.
I say there's room for both kinds of shows. While it is very true, and I wish the History Channel would go back to reflecting its roots - "History Channel" and just history, Swamp People, also, is a wonderful and interesting show with amazing people who live their lives like they've done for generations. Just show it on another channel. RIP Mitchell.
Unfortunately, National Geographic Channel is now owned by News Corp. Nothing scientific is shown anymore. A sad comparison to the National Geographic Specials over the past 40 years.
My sentiments exactly!!
The show romanticizes animal abusers. May they all drop dead; ASAP
My wish for all the politicians in Washington. Certainly not those who work hard to provide a living for their families. One day we may all wish we had a few more survival techniques.
Animal Abusers???? Are you for real? How is it abuse when the population needs to be culled? How is it abuse when the hunters and their buyers utilize every ounce of the animal?? Abuse would allowing the gator population to become so large that they become a nuisance and are killed "just because"
animal abuse? your such a dumb-ass! there are so many aligators in the swamp that there is a hunting season to control the population. if not, then there would be too many gators and the balance of predator/prey would be off. plus, they sell the meat and skins for money to survive and make a living.
GW, you are one sick person to wish people dead. Are you wishing just the Swamp People dead, or every cattle rancher, butcher, hunter etc in the world dead? Think about what you just did the next time you buy yourself a piece of chicken or a steak.
You are total pathetic excrement.
your probable wouldn't last two days without you big mac. how long could you substain yourself without a grocery store? Me guess is not very long.
"Romanticizes animal abusers"? Are you high?
The show glorifies family oriented, hard working,honest people. This is not sport killing. If not for the one month hunting season the alligators would overpopulated and not have enough of a food source to sustain them. Get you facts straights and you could post less ignorant comments.
Another internet troll!
"The show romanticizes animal abusers. May they all drop dead; ASAP"
"People who enjoy the show are as idiotic as it's "stars." Death to animal abusers."
Why do ignorant, hateful VERMIN like you exist? I started to go into a long, detailed explanation of the NUMEROUS ways you're wrong, but it would be a waste on a brain dead IDIOT like you. Go stink up the internet with your STUPIDITY some place else you MORON.
Has the author of this article watched the show? The Guist brothers don't hunt gators on the show. They are the one set of regular guests that don't. Instead, they display swamp life, such as fishing and hunting for food, getting materials in the wild to build their home, etc.
So sorry to hear about Mitchell's passing. He and Glen are two of our favorites on the show. We watch it weekly and enjoy seeing how other honest Americans make their living. I don't know how anyone could be made ashamed of their heritage by this program. The people work hard, help their neighbors and instill good values in their children. Its a way of life, just like the Inuits of Alaska who go out and hunt seals, etc., every year.
It's ironic that the people who are bashing these southern living gentlemen with names and stereotypes are the same people who couldn't take care of themselves if food and water sources cease to exist. What you see as (insert name calling or stereotype here), is an American who feeds himself and his family for the most part, by what comes from the land. This is a lot more than most Americans who are living off the teat of the American government can say. So while you disrespect and make fun of them, keep in mind they can survive in ways you can even imagine. Survival is the ultimate knowledge.
Saturn, I could not agree with you more. These people reading this article and responding with the bigoted hatred are the ignorant ones. The folks on Swamp People are survivors. They don't concern themselves with the technology of today like most eveyone else and in my opinion they seem better off for it. There is nothing wrong with an honest hard day's work and the folks who put in an honest hard day's work should be commended and not ridiculed. And as a reminder those of you who don't like the show, then exercise your right and CHANGE THE CHANNEL!
Shut up Sly Sadie.
I will take the Swamp People over the Kardashians or the Jersey Shore crew anyday.
The History Channel is no longer worth watching thanks to garbage like this. Sad when this is the best television can produce, a bunch of rednecks in a boat. Maybe they should spend a bit of money to produce historical movies/shows about real history? Otherwise they are no better than the other once good cable channels like A&E and Discovery.
Obviously, Sue, has yet to get off her pearly butt and check out the real world. You missed the entire gist of this article. This is the real stuff. People do this
Sue......."a bunch of rednecks in a boat"? Seriously? You are coming off as a rude person who seems not to have respect for anyone who may be different from you which is not attractive at all. Maybe you should get out of your shell and meet some Cajuns, they could teach you how to be nice.
Sue, you don't have a clue. Unless you live in those rural areas, you will forever have that type of mindset, you spoiled pampered brat
There is history in this show. You're just incapable of seeing it.
Hey Sue, FIND ANOTHER SHOW AND/OR CHANNEL TO WATCH AND QUIT HATING.
I agree. People who enjoy the show are as idiotic as it's "stars." Death to animal abusers.
@ Sue, let me see if I get this straight, and I quote: "Sad when this is the best television can produce, a bunch of rednecks in a boat. Maybe they should spend a bit of money to produce historical movies/shows about real history?" Explain to me how a way of life for these people is not real history. This has been going on for years and years in LA, and other areas of the South.
Myself? I live in Iowa and this is something that is totally foreign to us here. However we understand living off the land and are not going to ridicule what you call "rednecks in a boat". Good job stereotyping by the way. That is all. I will let you go back to your tanning beds, processed foods, traffic jams and smog, Jersey Shore and $500 handbags. Oh wait, maybe I am making a stereotype out of you....hmmmm.
Sue you are filthy excrement and a lame excuse of a human
Well said, Sue!
To all the detractors, yes it would be better if they were well dressed, well spoken bankers or lawyers taking stealing form people everyday, Perhaps they could be lazy govt. employees or backbiting housewives.
For those calling names and pointing fingers, HOW might you be different.
I'm an enigneer b/c I choose to be, they live that way becasue they choose to. Show some respect.
Swamp People is Soylent Green. It's SOYLENT GREEN!!!!!
SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!
That sounds awfully silly. This is why I don't watch the history channel anymore.
Since you live in the concrete jungle, you think everything is silly that is not your cup of tea. Have you ever been in the presence of the Louisiana swamp? I think not. There is nothing wrong with these people, they vote, they have jobs in addition, plus they pay their taxes. The vast majority is law abiding citizens. Let me add, they also have homes with electricity mind you and automobiles . They don't complain like you do, they move forward and survive.
It is too bad that you and your wife cannot see that this is about people who live off the swamp. At no times does it try to represent ALL cajuns. Read your history books again and look at what the real cajuns did. They lived off the land and swamps. Your wife should be proud of who she is and where she came from.
I agree with Gator Wife. I'm originally from SC and we grew up hunting deer, turkey, birds, squirrels and whatever else was in season. I now have lived in some of the major cities of the US and would take these people as my neighbors any day of the week over some of the city folks I've had the displeasure of living next to. Most Southerners would give you the shirt off their back, if you needed it. We'll be the survivors when the end comes around – we'll be the only ones who know how to put food on the table.
It should be called "Disgusting Alligator Massacre," brought to you by The History Channel.
Its cheap, filthy crap that makes The History Channel look stupid.
Hopefully, with this guy dead, a few more alligators can survive.
Oh dude lol for the lulz indeed.its not like the gators are being killed for the sake of killing.the meat is used and the skin is used.oh please...go stand up for abortions or something and get off cnn.LOOOL you rly make me laugh.Troll.
Actually, the Guist brothers never hunted Alligator. They hunted squirrel and fished for Gar. You're an idiot.
Are you a Vegan? Some people still kill their food. It's a crazy concept, I know . Think of the Swamp People as the butchers that kill a cow/pig/whatever then sell it to your grocery store. Butchering is one thing of many every person should know how to do just in case SHTF.
Obviously you have not watched the show. These two gentlemen did not make a living hunting gators. They simply lived off of the land, and whatever they killed that day, they ate. Just because they don't dress nice or go to an office every day to work does not make them bad people. They live a simple life and take nothing for granted. Try watching the show instead of making comments that you know nothing about. People have been killing gators and living off of the swamp for over three hundred years! Maybe if more of us lived more simple, the world might be a much better place!!
you just have a heart full of hate don't you!!
Typical pampered moron who wouldn't know what a core value to another person was unless it fit his own narrow minded way of thinking. Animal abuser?....that is a joke...just like you.
Your an azz hole
Take your PETA/HSUS crap somewhere else. Mitchell Guist had more kindness in his heart than any of you haters. Typical urbanites that know NOTHING about nature and wildlife. I can't believe people are joyful over his death. I despise anybody that belongs to PETA or the HSUS, but don't wish death on them. I find it sick that you place the life of a ?$##%% alligator over that of a human being. Truly pathetic. Hitler and Goring felt the same way.
To brian, read my comment below. For those of us who are cajun here in Louisiana this is a part of our history! Read my comment below to get the full thought.....Just because people don't want to accept it doesn't mean it's not part of history!
I enjoy the show and i would like to try this.wanna give me a job?
His family, his friends and his viewers cared. If you didn't you should have saved your nasty comment for your pitiful self.
"Reality TV". Thats all you should need to know.
And exactly how is this history? No wonder our kids are failing the subject. "History" Channel doesn't even know what history is.
It's sad, Brian, that you care more about making dumb comments than you do about learning the history you so ignorant of.
Brian, ARE YOU SERIOUS? You actually rely on TV to educate your kids?
If you want to post your political and/or intolerant, hate filled opinions and thoughts, please find another forum for it. I really enjoy watching Swamp People. I admire anyone who is able to truly live off the land and respect it, too. The people on the show seem to understand how important taking care of our environment is. I don't care what their political affiliations or world views are.
Glenn & Mitchell are my favorites. When their not on that weeks braoscast, i a bummed. RIP my friend. Glad this last minute of fame happen before your life did. Theres reasons for everything. I hope your brother stays on the show. Once again, RIP!!!
I love watching this show and never miss it. When the brothers came on last season, I found them to be a great addition to the show. These are the type of reality shows we need instead of this fake real house wife's and mob wife's type of garbage that's shown. It's too bad a major network hasn't picked up this show, maybe the rest of the people in the US would realize that it's not about $$ or looks, it's about values that makes a person.
I enjoyed reading your comment. I was getting discouraged reading some of the negative things others have written. It's too bad some people feel the need to use this type of forum to make fun of others. Peace.
I couldn't agree with you more!! I love watching this show and find myself often wishing I could live such a simple life. Not saying I would want to tangle with a gator, but to live off the land and eat what you catch or hunt....so much stress would be non-existant. RIP.....
Jan you say this isn't history. Well this is history, it's part of our history! And as much as so many would like to pretend we don't exist we do! And have for a few hundred years here in louisiana. The way of life portrayed on the show dates back to the start of the cajun experience in having to live off the land when they were not welcomed anywhere else. Cajuns were forced to develope this way of life to survive. My grandparents spoke little english and were hard working god fearing people. And the things they went through when people from other parts of the country came in to improve their lives was horrible. They were even whipped in school if they spoke french, thats why many of them could not go. So, while this may not be parts of american history that people would like to remember, it is part of the history of this country that people can't pretend didn't happen!
Seriously it is an entertaining show, it depicts real peoples lives and shows insight into another facet of the american culture. For people who cant stand the sight of gators being killed dont watch; A. its for population control B. how do you think you get meat, leather and such products in your daily life?? What do you think the cow fairy delivers meat and hides to the stores for you? These people respect the gators, unlike most americans who take all they have for granted... Dont disrespect the people because they are different, just remember there is always someone out there faster, smarter or wealthier than you are. Get off your high horses and shove it.
Also, for all the idiots that say they need to see "history" from the past to learn, are you that dumb that you cant learn from the present?
So what is Swamp People. Simple answer, it is another in the long line of shows now shown on the history channel pandering to people who will watch quasi-reality crap. The history channel used to broadcast programming appealing to people, like me, who instead of wanting to be entertained all of the time, wished to learn something and expand their minds. Condolences to the family of Mitchell Guist, but in truth, he should never have been on television and wouldn't have been if History channel hadn't change their programming in a mostly successful attempt to increase their rating.
God forbid they dont tailor the entire channel to you lol and perhaps hit a different demographic! We forgot how special you were...
The author obviously has not seen the show either as the Guist brothers are not alligator hunters but characters that go out and hunt, fish and catch dinner for their families. They do add a good touch to the show as they are true backswoods folks.
They are not CHARACTERS!!!!! they are real people, and are a representation of over half of America. People who wish not to depend on Washington, and wish to be left alone by the establishment. These people are making an honest living without too much interference from government.
Katie, there's simply not enough information of history to reveal every single day. The show still produces history shows every once in a while, but to fill the time in between, they show very interesting stuff like Swamp People.
That's right man. There's only, like, 10 years of this "History" stuff. And it's so totally boring too. What bearing could history possibly have on my life? It's, like, in the past man!
Evan, I do agree with you that there is not enough content to produce the kind of history which I like. I will say, though that there was a lot more history programming in the late 90's and 2000's than there is now. I am lucky if I see one new history program every 6 months. It is my opinion that the reason why reality shows are being produced is such large numbers is because they are cheap to make. And obviously they have a following so I'll just have to stick with Law and Order or NCIS for entertainment.
Swamp people is just a glorified term – if you can call it that – to mean backwards hillbillies...shame on History Channel for portraying these types of shows...it shows how low they would stoop for ratings.
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Jan, have you ever been anywhere in Louisiana other than New Orleans? I'm from there, And let me tell you, spend a day in their world, learn to appreciate the ingenuity and intelligence it takes to survive there, and then post your arrogant self-serving hype. Put down the latte, get out of that ivory tower you're living in, and see how real people live. Oh, and don't vote for Obama.
The show features different walks of lives, people who grew up on the bayou.
Swamp People does feature hillbillies, but it's definitely not the main or the only part of the cast.
Backwards hillbillies? Seriously? You mean hardworking people who don't live off the system, are self reliant, are in touch with nature, and could survive after your computer grids are crashed. What about when no one can get money out of ATMS, computers are worthless paper weights...do I need to go on?
Backwards hillbillies....I think not.
This is where you came from and these people have more honor and dignity than you will ever know.
Jan; A little tolerance and respect for the different worldviews and lifestyles of others might not hurt you. Why not give it a try? You COULD learn something if you open your mind a bit. By the way, if you are the best example of a "civilized", "educated" individual, I think I'd rather be a hillbilly. Any day. Those folks seem a bit too busy making a living to bother with insulting everyone else who doesn't think like they do.
Your bigotry is only overshadowed by your ignorance.
Why don't you go down there and call them that
What's your problem with backwards hillbillies?
I have to agree with Jan on this one. Had the History Channel made a black equivalent we’d have marches (if not riots) and you’d be hearing from Al “snake oil” Sharpton.
@ Super Dave
/kicks your sop box
Definition of a backward person- Someone who doesn't know the difference between a swamp and a hill.
I must be the only person here who is not impressed by History Channel's reality programming. Bring back some real history programming, like WW2 in HD, America The Story of Us, etc.
I agree Katie...what happened to the real history stories...I'm about to cancel that show off my cable TV...Swamp People is History? Give me a break...
One of at least two, since I'm with you.
"Hicks Tormenting Wildlife" That's history? Give us some names and dates to memorize.
That's all on H2, formerly History International.
Modern Marvels and the likes.
It's been stated many times, alligators breed too fast in the bayou and it's necessary to hunt them.
Everyone on the show has tags they have to fill out, much like hunting deer. They keep the population at an acceptable level where it doesn't expand further into the canals.
Sad to see Mitchell passed away, however, niether he nor his brother Glenn appear healthy looking to me. They both are scrawny and didn't appear to bathe or take personal care of themselves. The series acurately shows the dangerous & hard work these people put into their chosen profession.
As much as I don't like alligators, I really don't like watching them get shot in the head......especially when I think it was R.J. killed 49 alligators in one day. Sad to say Alligator "control/hunting" is necessary as females lay many many eggs at one time & the alligator population would be out of control.
What show are you watching? They don't show them shooting the alligators in the head. In fact, they go above and beyond to make sure it is not seen.
Yes, actually they do show them being shot in the head.
I find this show isn't interesting enough to watch more than two episodes, but I don't think this show is about Cajun stereotypes. It's a show about real life gator hunting swamp people. Some people might ham for the camera, but these guys seem pretty genuine.
Hey walker I'm as cajun as they come, you sound like you dont know what you are talking about. You say you've never run across people like this, well you just not going to the right places. You not gonna find one of these guys shopping at the mall in baton rouge or lafayette. These are the people that reallly live this life. Many cajuns dont make their living this way anymore but it still is a huge part of the life style. Its a way of life that many people are still proud of. And as far as us being ignorant or just not knowing what we're talking about I can drive 20 minutes and be at the swamp from home! My daddy a cormier and my mamas was a boudreaux! You and your wife sound like people who are just embarrassed about where she's from. Get over it, cajuns could really care less what people like you say to down the culture. I wouldn't live anywhere else. Don't like the show, just don't watch it!
Got any Hebert, Duclos, Goyette, Bessette, Chagnon, Bissonette, Du Vivier, Messier, Girard, Plouffe, Maillot, Labonte, Regnier, DeMetz, Guillebeouf, Comeau, Fleury, Alarie, Fontaine, Cottu, Guerin, Dupuis, or Caille down there? I'm doing ancestral research on my wife and she's got all of the aforementioned in in her ancestry. Her mother's maiden name was Hebert. All French Canadian, not Cajun.
I agree 100% with cajuncormier my family lives there and I am proud to say I am a cajun
My son and I have watched 'Swamp People' for all three seasons and have enjoyed it immensly. We have especially enjoyed Mitchell and Glenn as they provided a break from the alligator hunting and are two genuine men who we consider to be the 'Heart and Soul' of the United States. They might have eaten different things, but they were hard working and family oriented and taught us about living off the land and earning your keep vs asking for hand outs. When I told my 12-year old son that Mitchell Guist had passed away he was genuinely sorry to hear of his passing. I too hope that Glenn continues on the show. RIP Mr. Geist, you were a good man and someone who we will miss.
Do you watch it together on your anniversary?
Alligator tastes just like chicken without hormones and steroids.
To walker your wife must not truely love her cajun roots to feel that way! Nothing about the cajun heritage would shane a true cajun. To watch these folks brings back to mind our mawmaws and pawpaws who truely lived this life when we were young! I feel proud to have this way of living be shown to everyone, cajuns have gotten the short end of the stick for too long and its about time the rest of the country realize the hard working people who are PROUD of everything about their cajun culture.
Well said cajuncormier – I'm from Thibodaux and I'm proud of our unique heritage. When my kids were small, my dad used to take them down to the dock during alligator season to the see the gators coming in. Are there people in South Louisiana like those on Swamp People? Yes indeed! ALL Cajuns and people in South Louisiana are not hunting gators but we do enjoy a good crawfish boil on a hot Summer day with the neighbors, people speaking a mix of English and Cajun French, watching the pirogues cruise Bayou Lafourche and loving our "refined" friends and family as much as we love those who still hit the swamp to make a living. South Louisiana – there's nothing like it and despite what some folks on this board say, yes there are plenty of people like those on Swamp People. It's nothing for us to be embarrassed about. We also have a wonderful population of educated professionals and people who wouldn't go into the swamp – too many bugs, snakes and gators!
She stood on the banks of the Au Sable River.
Not knowing what fate soon would deliver.
She’d be on the vacation of her dreams.
All the way from New York to New Orleans.
She worked in a shop on Bourbon Street.
Fate ruled this was where they would meet.
When Catherine came to the counter to pay.
At first each could think of nothing to say.
Each saw the other looked identically the same.
Then each one asked for the other one’s name.
When each said her name was Catherine Hebert.
They could do nothing more than look and stare.
As each one gazed into the other one’s eyes.
They saw two hundred years of lost family ties.
They agreed to meet the very next day.
And go to a lab and test their DNA.
The results came back in a matter of time.
Proving they came from the same bloodline.
Fate brought then together in the city of the flood.
Because you can’t stop the flow of one’s own blood.
It was payback time for history’s sins.
Acadia had re-united her twins.
Split up in seventeen hundred fifty five.
But Catherine Hebert had kept it alive.
If these people represent the worst of Louisiana, I will take them any day other over the lazy and undriven people infesting our country. They can hunt, they can cook, and they make their living without relying on social welfare programs. Give me the Swamp People anyday over the folks who can't seem to tie their shoes, much less be self-reliant. RIP Mitchell.
Gator Wife, the stars of the show are also willing to help their neighbors when needed. They go out of their way to make sure that everyone is getting by because that is just how it is in their community. Frankly, we need more people like these swampers in the world.
Another "Reality' show made by morons for morons to enjoy. When will the networks put aside corporate greed (ya, right) and hire real actors to entertain us with something new and original – not the same drama BS in a slightly different flavor. It seems that a lobotomy is a prerequisite to turning on the television nowadays – what little is shown between the commercials.
Is this lobotomy like the one you got?
Dear JohnP; I guess I am a moron then, if I go by your definition. Why do you feel it's okay to insult people like this? I'd probably have a little bit of respect for you if you said it to my face, rather than post it anonymously here. May God bless you, and help you learn some tolerance for others who are different from you.
I will be praying for Glen. These guys were the unique part of Swamp People which my family loves. We watch it every week without fail. Also Shelby is a great character. We will miss Mitchell very much. 2 great fellows living the simple life on the land. Very honest and humble men.
So sorry to hear this news. Au revoir, Mitch. Oh ya-ya baby!
I loved watching the brothers and I record the series and I love the show Swamp People! I would like to visit Troy and others to a grator cookout, I never ate gator before but Troy can cook an so can the others and I enjoy yelling "Shootem, Shootem" This is one of the best shows on the History Channel. And Mitchell could make a nice squirrel stew him and his brothers. Glenn is funny but Mitchell will be missed! So please Glenn keep making the squirrel stew in honor of Mitchell, and Troy time for a gator cookout and I am coming one day to look you and you whole family!
What is "w****s"?
My wife, who is Cajun, gets a little sick to her stomach when this show comes on. It portrays the worst stereo types of Cajuns. Albeit, it is who these guys are, it does not represent the othr 99.5% of folks in Louisiana. Much like Snookie represents a part of Jersey the rest of NJ would like to forget; so do these guys. RIP to Mitchell but man oh man did they represent a worst case scenario of Cajuns...
This is about Swamp People. You can be Cajun and live in New Jersey! Their fingernails aren't polished, but they make a living from the swamp. They are not living in New Orleans or Barksdale Air Force Base! I wish more Americans had the moral fibre of these folks! Your wife is Cajun in name only. She lost the soul.
That's why the show is called Swamp People, not Louisiana people
The Guist brothers are not my favorite in the series howeve,r I was saddened to learn of Mitchell's passing. The brothers were genuine and honest something that is worthy of respect. Swamp People is one of the few shows I watch every week just to remind myself that family values and an honest day's work still exist. Love Troy and his family but truly favor RJ since the Native American way will always be the best way.
dc, you have no idea what you are talking about. All reality TV is about Hollywood taking advantage of the worst example of people in a community' who they themselves do so for fame or money. These guys sold out and ham up their "c**na$$" Cajun act for a buck. There is no reality to this show aside may be their bathing habits.
Have you spent any time in LA, I do extensivly and have been on more than just a swamp tour and these two do not represent anyone I have every met – yet here they are on TV telling America what you find in central LA. That's the point, they aren't a good representation of Cajuns, little more than the movie Waterboy (at least people knew that ws a joke).
Grow up and talk about something you know. As soon as you make any state ment with "you liberals/occupiers" people can figure out you are a close minded fool.
I hear you on stereotypes, but get over it. The further south you go in Louisiana, the more people you see like this. They are not bad people, just different. These guys lived entirely off the land, can you say the same? So yeah they will not have your education, hygene, or even the same values. To look down on anyone that does what they love is shameful.
Walker – how sad for your wife. The culture in South Louisiana is very unique filled with so many unique people. I watch Swamp People because I miss my home town of Thibodaux LA and Swamp People brings me home more often than I am able to visit my family there. I'm proud of the guys and gals on Swamp People for working so hard, preserving a piece of our legacy and heritage. Maybe the Guist brothers are a bit rough for wear but who are we to judge them or be embarrassed by people like them? They are not pretentious and your wife shouldn't be either. Tell her to get the sick feeling out of her stomach, drop the pretentiousness and enjoy the rich heritage and unique culture South Louisiana and being a Cajun has to offer!
I don't feel like they've portrayed anyone in a wrong light, there a few weirdos on the show, but I wouldn't consider any of the Cajun cast to be labeled as such.
This is a show about earning everything you eat and how you live. It's about work. It's about helping each other but never demanding. It's about saying what you mean, and meaning what you say. It's about honesty.
You liberals & occupiers might find it educational. It would really push your boundaries!
Really, you have to get all political over Swamp People? How sad and angry your life must be if you see every simple thing through a partisan lens.
And DC, you might push your own boundaries by not insulting people with your comments. Peace.
This is what I imagine all you dumb azz trolls look like.lmao
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