The bird-watcher involved in an infamous 2020 altercation with a Central Park dog owner is getting his own show on the National Geographic channel called “Extraordinary Birder.”
Christian Cooper, who is Black, made national news after he shot video of a panicky white woman named Amy Cooper threatening to call police and tell them there is an “an African American man threatening my life” in the park.
She did just that — and was charged with filing a false report. Those chargers were later dropped, though Cooper’s video went viral and the dog-owner became known as “Central Park Karen.” A “Karen” is, in slang, an entitled white woman who usually exhibits racist behavior.
Their argument appeared to stem from the woman having an unleashed dog in the park where Cooper was bird-watching. The dog owner lost her job following the altercation. She sued her former employer for wrongful termination. Appearing on ABC’s “The View,” Cooper said he accepted the apology offered by his accuser.
National Geographic did not announce when Cooper’s nature program will air. In a press release, the network announced this week “Life-long birder Christian Cooper takes us into the wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds.”
The 59-year-old birder’s show will reportedly take viewers to bird-watching locations in Alaska, Puerto Rico and New York City.