Can Everyone Please Calm Down Now?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on October 11, 2009

I cannot believe this story actually had to be written:

Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly “running out” on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it’s not the end of the world.

Or is it?

Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. “I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff.”

It can only get worse for him. Next month Hollywood’s “2012″ opens in cinemas, featuring earthquakes, meteor showers and a tsunami dumping an aircraft carrier on the White House.

[. . .]

“If I went to some Mayan-speaking communities and asked people what is going to happen in 2012, they wouldn’t have any idea,” said Jose Huchim, a Yucatan Mayan archaeologist. “That the world is going to end? They wouldn’t believe you. We have real concerns these days, like rain.”

A note to the History Channel, which has taken to airing various shows predicting the apocalypse: You are responsible for the outbreak of this hysteria as well. Either air more reputable programs, or get out of the TV business altogether. No one needs a televised version of breathless tabloid stories discussing sightings of “BatBoy,” now do they?

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