Perhaps you’ve seen the video included above of KBAK weathercaster Aaron Perlman freaking out about the presence of a spider on the set and stomping on the creature without giving his behavior a second thought.
“I hate spiders,” Mr. Perlman explains in the video to his off-camera colleagues and viewers watching at home.
Throughout the video, the shallow weathercaster can be seen smiling, his seemingly outsize teeth exaggerating a prideful smugness. Clearly, Mr. Perlman didn’t believe the spider posed an imminent physical threat. Unfortunately, we’ll never know. The fact of the matter is, Mr. Perlman killed the spider not because of what harm the creature could potentially have inflicted, but out of an admitted hatred of the species. It’s too bad that the spider didn’t have a chance to bite Mr. Perlman in his speciesist ass. Had the creature managed to chomp down on the callous weathercaster, I might have found myself writing a decidedly celebratory commentary.
A little more than a month ago, I enthusiastically told you about a false widow spider who bit a moviegoer in England. The thrilling part of that story is that the victim was bitten during a screening of a horror film called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. That despite the fact that, as I wrote: “Dr. John Tweddle, head of the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity at London’s Natural History Museum, was quoted in an October 2013 BBC News report (which cited a BBC Breakfast story) as saying, ‘The bite that (the false widow spider) gives is mainly defensive, so it’s not coming out to get you, it’s not a horror movie.’”
About a week ago, the same thoughtful friend who’d alerted me to the above-mentioned spider-attack story brought to my attention a report in The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) about a 62-year-old Lakeland resident who died as a result of being bitten six months earlier by a brown recluse spider. Having since seen the video of Mr. Perlman stomping on a spider — like a skinhead brutalizing a total stranger — I’ve obviously been lamenting the fact that it wasn’t the thuggish weathercaster who was the victim of a fatal envenomation.