Bigfoot has been leaving its footprint in our minds for the past sixty years of this huge half-ape half-human creature whom some believe could be the missing link between us humans and our great ancestors. Bigfoot is believed to reside in the pacific northwest but there are accounts of its whereabouts all over the country. In an online survey conducted by the Angus Reid Public Opinion, 1,016 American adults were asked if they thought that Bigfoot existed and about one in three people said that Bigfoot was real. Nevertheless, Jeffery Jerome Cohen’s second and third theses on monster culture will help us analyze whether or not Bigfoot, otherwise known as Sasquatch, Yeti or the Abominable Snowman is real or far from it.
Cohen’s third thesis, The Monster Is the Harbinger of Category Crisis, states, “[that] they are disturbing hybrids whose externally incoherent bodies resist attempts to include them in any structuration. And so the monster is dangerous…” which holds true to Bigfoot. Modern apes, among the tallest, are about five to six feet tall whereas us humans can grow up to seven feet tall. Bigfoot is said to anywhere between eight to ten feet tall which surpasses those height ranges. Although there have been reported cases throughout the years where the tallest humans to have ever leave their footprint in the records books to be in the eight-foot range; however, it is unlikely that these individuals had anything to do with Bigfoot. The evidence to show for Bigfoot’s existence are the many footprints its left on the ground with its iconic large foot, photographic evidence and hundreds of eyewitness accounts.
The most bountiful evidence are eyewitness accounts, unfortunately this type of evidence is of the weakest kind. Eyewitness accounts are the weakest form of evidence because we are simply not very articulate and when we describe something we see, mistakes or simplifications in the description could be made in order to make it understandable to someone else. This is especially true in low light and in cover from the surrounding environment which is most of the Bigfoot citings occur, the woods. Another reason why eyewitness accounts are not reliable sources is because our minds are susceptible to suggestion and in turn can create false memory which is detrimental to help prove Bigfoot’s existence. The most famous photographic evidence to support Bigfoot’s existence is a video that was shot in Bluff Creek, California by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in 1967. In the video you can see what appears to be Bigfoot walking in the distance. This piece of evidence still baffles many zoologists, anthropologists, academics, doctors and special effect experts today because a definitive answer cannot be made. A problem that arises with the photographic evidence available is that it is of very low resolution. One would think as time goes by and technology improves the image qualify of the photographic evidence gathered would improve, however, that has not been the case. Another piece of hard evidence is the hair, feces, footprints and even blood Bigfoot has left behind for us to study. At face value, this sounds like solid compelling evidence that once and for all proves Bigfoot is real, but upon further inspection and test done, it was later found that the samples do not match with Bigfoot DNA. A critical point to mention is that since there is not any confirmed DNA samples of Bigfoot, logically a match cannot be made. The only evidence we can turn to now is are the iconic footprints. The footprints hold down the fort in terms of confirming Bigfoot existing because the footprint share anatomical similarities to that of humans and to that of apes. Although Bigfoot’s existence has yet to be proven true, Bigfoot’s existence has also not fully been disproven, many skeptics write this off as a hoax, but the general consensus still remains that, “if this is a fake, it’s a very good one”.
Cohen’s second thesis, The Monster Always Escapes states, “We see the… material remains, but the monster itself turns immaterial and vanishes, to reappear someplace else”. The question that comes forth is; If Bigfoot is real, how come it has never been caught dead or alive? For being a massive creature, Bigfoot is quite the escape artist for it has never been caught as showing in the comical take of bigfoot in the movie titled A Goofy Movie. In the camping scene where Bigfoot makes its cameo appearance, Goofy is trying to teach his son, Max, “the perfect cast” which has been handed down for generations. While performing the series of moves that comprise “the perfect cast”, Goofy accidently catches his good friend, Mr. Pete’s, steak off the grill and sets it out to cast. The steak flies across the lake and lands in none other than Bigfoot’s footprint on the ground. We see Bigfoot minding its own and then noticing the succulent steak upon its feet and starts to chase after it when goofy starts to reel it in. Goofy struggles to reel it in as he thinks he caught a huge fish for dinner. Goofy quickly tells Max to grab the camera to document the catch but to their surprise the fish Goofy caught was in fact Bigfoot. Goofy throws in the subtle joke of Bigfoot to step back because he was “out of focus” which references the photographic evidence that has been gathered over the years. After quickly coming to their senses, Goofy and Max ran to the car because Bigfoot was chasing after them but in the heat of the moment Goofy trips and lets go of the video camera. Even the fear of death could not phase Goofy and Max anymore because they have finally proved its existence. But alas Bigfoot destroys the video camera along with the evidence. After being held hostage for hours what came to their rescue was not them scaring Bigfoot off nor Bigfoot simply becoming bored of them and wandering off but was none other than the Bee Gees’ disco pop hit “Stayin’ Alive”; which won the Grammy Award of Song of the Year in 1979, and for good reason, the electrifying vibes an energetic beats overcame Bigfoots plans to make Goofy and Max its next lunch and in groovy fashion, danced away into the woods and once again, Bigfoot is at large. The comedic take on Bigfoot goes to show that society no longer fears Bigfoot in the way it was when it first came into the limelight roughly sixty years ago.
Bigfoot continues to leave its footprint
in our minds and will continue to do so until a definitive answer is made on
whether or not Bigfoot is real or not. Even though there is not enough evidence
yet to prove its existence, this does not stop people from believing. It is human
nature to try to rationalize what we cannot fully understand and by doing so we
can come up of some very interesting theories to try and explain the
unexplained. But until there is enough evidence to prove otherwise, is Bigfoot
real? Or is this all a big whoop.
MojoPin1983. YouTube, YouTube, 27 Nov. 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q60mSMmhTZU.
“this is the stabilized version of the famous video capturing Bigfoot walking along Bluff Creek, California. I will use it a photographic evidence.”
Radford, Benjamin. “Bigfoot: Man-Monster or Myth?” LiveScience, Purch, 6 Nov. 2012, www.livescience.com/24598-bigfoot.html.
“this is an online article that breaks down the type of evidence available on Bigfoot and it is relevant because it lists off the evidence and how credible the evidence actual is.”
RandomVidUploaderGuy. YouTube, YouTube, 4 Nov. 2010, www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ5aDaL_qnA.
“this is the camping scene where Goofy and his son, Max, come into contact with Bigfoot. I will use it to show how society today see Bigfoot.”
Staff, Live Science. “Tracking Belief in Bigfoot (Infographic).” LiveScience, Purch, 21 Mar. 2012, www.livescience.com/19178-tracking-belief-bigfoot-infographic.html.
“this is an infographic of a study conducted by the Angus Reid Public Opinion asking 1,016 Americans if they thought Bigfoot was real or not. I will use it to show about how many Americans believe the existence of Bigfoot.”