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Stop Spike TV from looting our collective past!
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Spike TV

Stop Spike TV from looting our collective past!

    1. Kristina Wyckoff
    2. Petition by

      Kristina Wyckoff

      Norman, OK

This show, as advertised by Spike TV



 will follow a team "led by former professional wrestler-turned-modern- day relic hunter Ric Savage as they scour ... battlefields and historic sites, in hopes of striking it rich by unearthing and selling rare pieces of American history."

"American Diggers," as described, encourages and glorifies looting and the antiquities trade at the expense of American history. Although the items pilfered by the team are acknowledged to have "great historical and cultural significance," these items are sold for individual profit.

Simply plucking valuable historical items from the ground removes these items from their context. If excavated systematically by a team of trained archaeologists these sites could prove invaluable to our cultural history. The team and Spike TV are clearly more interested in turning a quick profit than in history and education, but by glorifying these irresposible actions they are encouraging the public to follow suit.

Recent signatures


    1. Contact information for Spike TV and American Diggers

      Kristina Wyckoff
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone! I wanted to share the contact info for Spike TV in case anyone had not contacted them directly. Please give them your name, and let them know why you disapprove of the upcoming program “American Digger." Every letter, call, and email counts. Thanks for your continued support!


      PRESS CONTACT Spike TV, Shana Tepper, 212/767-4275 shana.tepper@mtvstaff.com

      Spike TV
      Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney
      Gurney Productions, Inc.
      8929 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 510
      Los Angeles, California 90045

      Kevin Kay
      President, Spike TV
      1633 Broadway
      New York, New York 10019

      Stephen K. Friedman
      President, MTV
      c/o MTV Studios
      1515 Broadway
      New York, New York 10036
      Shana Tepper

      Philippe Dauman
      President and Chief Executive Officer
      Viacom Inc.
      1515 Broadway
      New York, New York 10036

    2. Reached 17,500 signatures
    3. 5700+ signatures and still going strong!

      Kristina Wyckoff
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for signing and spreading the word. As lousy as it is that Spike TV would air a show glorifying looting, it may be worse that National Geographic has their own version, Diggers, set to air Tuesday. Jeff Baker has created a petition asking them to cancel it, and I would encourage everyone who has not done so already to sign for the same reasons. The link below will take you directly to his petition.

      I greatly appreciate your support. Please, let's keep this going!


    4. Reached 5,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kate Rogers AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      This is appalling, destructive television. American Digger encourages theft and the commercialization of cultural heritage. In Australia this would be illegal. Shameful.

      • 9 months ago

      Channel 10 is showing this rubbish in Australia. Thanks for exporting your disregard for history.

    • Sylvía Oddný Arnardóttir REYKJANESBæR, ICELAND
      • 9 months ago

      Because those people are a bunch of sneakthief greasy fences and should be sued.

    • Caroline Rawnsley LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      American history should be preserved. Why not do something more similar to the UK Time Team programme rather than just sell all the artefacts? I think you have completely missed the point!

    • enrique ruiz RESEDA CA, PERU
      • 9 months ago

      To educate people


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