I just came across this bizarre little website called “Beyond Cesar Millan…And Beyond.”
I don’t know who writes it, but the author obviously has issues with the English language and normal writing style. The voice is disjointed, if not a bit paranoid. (More on that in a second).
I’ve tried to get the gist of the author’s views, but most of the posts involve cherry-picking old scientific studies, which are all designed to exculpate Cesar Millan’s piss-poor understanding of ethology and dime store recommendations on how to make a dog behave.
Basically, this is what creationists would do in defence Kent Hovind. Like, Hovind, Cesar has no credentials, and also like Hovind, he’s prone to making crap up. I do believe Cesar pays his taxes, so that’s where the analogy ends!
Cesar lovers accuse critics of only believing what they read.
I have to wonder if these people ever read. If you watch a lot TV and believe everything you see, you’re going to have a very distorted view of reality.
The best part of this batshit little blog is the page entitled “Conpirasy?”
OMG. The Illuminati are after Cesar!!!!!! They are so bad, they can’t even spell conspiracy correctly!
They don’t want you do know!
The main thrust of this page is that all the dog experts don’t want you using Cesar’s methods because that will take away from their business.
Basically, it is exactly the same conspiracy one would hear from a crackpot herbalist, who will tell you that vaccines are killing you and that modern medicine is making you sicker:
The responsibles of this Indoctrination are these schools and associations that have made of dog training an Industry.
They pump out from their schools Inexperienced and Incompetent trainers just as much “certificates” they can print.
What matters to those who are in charge of the business is the control of the market, don’t be naive, the pet Industry is a market of Billions of dollars: Schools, Associations, registers and memberships, Seminaries, Books, Authors, Vets, Drugs, Food, Tools, Toys, Insurance, Websites, Advertising on those sites etc.
Any other approach goes against their Interets.
A little variation on percentage means millions of dollars in loses for them
I have been witness of comercial Blackmail by part of these Associations like when Frontline make partnership with Cesar Millan to promote their products
Altogether with those trainers with a Holier-than-Thout attitude are these gullible people that buy the Feling-good-about-myself product
They have become Fear Mongerers and their associations, truly Death Squads Associations.
OMG. DEES EES BULLSHEET.
The people who complain about Cesar have actual degrees in animal behavior.
They are real experts. They are professionals like dentists or physicians or psychiatrists.
If you think Cesar’s expertise, whatever that is, somehow trumps people who have had years and years of training in that field, then why don’t you spend all your money on alternative medicine?
Those alternative medicine people make very much the same claims. Surely their anecdotes and marketing techniques are much better evidence than what we could learn from clinical trials.
That’s pretty much what’s being said here.
Whoever wrote this paranoid drivel is probably getting all his fillings removed and is worried about fluoride in the drinking water.
It is not an appeal to authority argument to say that credentialed specialists know more than TV personalities.
In general, if we want effective treatment or want to understand what’s really going on in the world, we listen to what specialists like this say.
We don’t watch TV in order to find out what’s the most effective treatment for cancer.
I remember hearing a rumor by a fairly ignorant person that dentists were very bad about scratching holes in the teeth of their patients, thereby creating cavities to fill.
That’s nonsense, of course.
But I hear echoes of it on this website.
But the sad thing is that it’s not just foolish people like this person who write this sort of crap.
Several so-called rationalist bloggers are just as prone to supporting the Cesar Millan marketing cult as anyone.
Luckily, Cesar’s show is in its last season. He will have his magazine. He’ll have his followers.
The Cear Millan star has risen and is now starting to fall.
We actually might be able to move beyond the snake oil now, and real professionals will get the respect they certainly deserve.