Iowanic"]Watson is all about the money, animal-friendly. Just look closely at how he runs Sea shepard...
Every year; a sudden 'crisis' erupts: "Gosh! We Need MORE MONEY! Send all you can, folks!"
Okay. But the crisises that erupt are maybe not so sudden or unexpected. Given that we are economically dependent on producing product, and given that much of that product comes from what might be called the exploitaton of animals AS product .... ??? We are, in fact, experiencing a crisis in the biodiversity of the oceans ... with the denigration of species (shark and whale and what have you .... ). This is not to say that Watson doesn't have an ego, but so do the public figures of most corporations and governements, and indeed, most people.
The last few years; those funds Watson whimpered and whined for from others was becoming harder and harder to dig up: he was reaching the point where the number of people who thought he was a clown were outnumbering the folk who kiss his footprints.
I don't know about kissing his footprints. Do you mean "blindly" kissing? Not sure about this as many might agree that governments were and are not doing enough to protect? Watson is for sure a vigilante, but many might agree that they are helpless to defend the species of the oceans given corporate greed for instance. If governments refuse to step up, who will? Not sure of the numbers re: for and against, but many see the guy as a hero in the absence of real government intervention.
This was compounded by the info that came forth after the run-in between whalers and Sea shepard's extra-neato speed-boat(Seems a few facts about how Watson runs his biz came out and it cast a light on him and Sea shepard he didn't want) so he had to find another way to raising funds.....and what's better then prime-time T.V?
Maybe you know more about this than I do. But I still don't see it clearly. For example, who approached who about the t.v. show?
The problem now is; sea sea-shepard has to rely on the t.v program to keep the cash flow going. Thus: their movement is as much about staying on T.V, as actually saving any whales
Could it be that the tv show created a financial reliance where the financial reliance came from donors before? Either way, I just don't see that Watson is in it for the money. Seems to me that he has an abiding concern for the fate of the whales. Where he gets the money to finance his projects is most likely a secondary concern. I just don't see that he is interested in staying on tv. I see, rather, that he is concerned about whales. If you see it differently or have other information ..... enlighten me to it.