Life Below Zero: Is It Real Or Fake?
‘Life Below Zero’ is a documentary TV series, which follows the daily and seasonal activities of hunters in the remote areas of Alaska.
The show portrays Alaska as a backward land that isn’t connected to the outside world, which the native Alaskans clearly disapprove.
According to Alaskans, they have wifi, roads, and even Amazon delivery, which discredits most things that the show portrays.
Here are some dark realities of the show that you may not have an idea about.
Susan Aikens Sued the Production Company
Susan Aikens, one of the stars of the show, sued the production company, after one of the producers, Aaron Mellman forced her to do a dangerous stunt.
Aaron forced Sue to take off her mask in severe temperature conditions and drive a snowmobile over a frozen river.
He also asked her to take off her helmet, because the audience wouldn’t see her face and Aaron also helped himself to one of Susan’s whiskey too.
The Hailstone Don’t Live In A Remote Place
Noorvik, where Hailstone family live, has a population of 600, but it isn’t cut off from civilization.
It is only 42 miles away from Kotzebue, the largest city in Northwest Alaska.
A local newspaper wrote an article of Iriqtaq Hailstone and Mary Hailstone, daughters of Chip and Agnes Hailstone.
There are plenty of sports tournaments and competitions that are held in Noorvik, and Iriqtaq also said that she would miss practice due to the show’s filming schedule.
People Are Paid To Live In Alaska
People who watch ‘Life Below Zero’ always wonder how they make money living in the remote places in Alaska.
Natives of the remotes areas of Alaska receive money from the Alaskan Native Lands Claims Act.
Not just the natives, but Alaskan citizens are paid too. Thanks to the North Slope oil revenue and native corporations, who pay outsiders for jobs like teaching.