This Week in Taboo: Stubs the Cat Mayor, The Rich Kids of Instagram, and Reality TV-Induced Hysteria

It’s been a busy week for all things Taboo. First, we had Stubs the Cat celebrating 15 years as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. That’s right, many years ago the people of Talkeetna, underwhelmed by their official options on the ballot, banded together to select Stubs the Cat as their write-in candidate. He won the election, and has been enjoying his post ever since. Of course his title is honorary, but that doesn’t stop Stubs from drawing in scores of tourists hoping to meet the very first feline elected-official.

Next up is the new Tumblr blog, The Rich Kids of Instagram, that has been sweeping across the Interwebs. In a world where Sunday BBQ involves a private backyard sparkling oasis and toddlers travel by private jet, this new blog is capturing the lives of the youngest of the so-called 1%. From hot pink Porsches to designers duds, we can now glimpse into the lives of the rich and teenage.

Our last selection for the best of This Week in Taboo involves a certain dating reality show, a certain oral surgery, and a certain reaction to said combination. After having her wisdom teeth removed, this Bachelorette super-fan is so enamored by the show and her love for Jef Holm and Emily Maynard that she cries hysterically for their happiness. And it’s pretty hysterical.

In a world where reality-TV love can move us to tears, teens hop in their helicopter for a girls day out, and cats are mayors, we’re calling this a successful Week in Taboo. As for what’s happening this week ON Taboo? Well that’s a different story. This week on Taboo: Ugly, we’re looking at what it means to be deemed “ugly” in a society that scorns it. 

Tune in to Taboo: Ugly Sunday at 10P et/pt.

Go inside the Ugly Modeling Agency for a sneak peek from this week’s premiere.


  1. Nila Atkins
    Roseburg Ore
    July 22, 2012, 2:02 pm

    As A fan of Nat Geo, and some of the shows. I must admit that I was very upset by last sunday’s Taboo. I realize that Taboo is a show that portrays the unusual and Bizare of peoples Festishes, But the collector who actually has human remains as a part of his collection. And, I am speaking of the remains of the children(Babies and Fetus) He himself said that he should not have them. Funny isnt it illegal in most ethical countries to own human remains unless you are a Doctor or a teaching facility? This person is a very disturbed individual, who needs therapy, And his shop needs to be shut down and his collection confiscated, destroyed, or given a decent burial.

  2. carly
    July 22, 2012, 9:48 pm

    After watching the taboo episode ugly, I was really in awe of Nathaniel. I wish I had even 10% of his courage in facing all that life puts in my path. He seems a wonderful and kind boy. I wish for nothing but wonderful things for he and his family. I wish I could apologize for all of the cruel things ever said or done to him. Good luck in all your endeavors.

  3. Denise
    July 23, 2012, 7:07 pm

    I agree Carly. What upsets me most is that in this day and age people are so ridiculous not to educate their kids to have manners and not look at someone who is obviously disfigured and accept them for something that is not their fault. People who run away or take their kids away from playgrounds are pathetic cowards. Nathaniel and his parents deserve just as much respect as any other parent…more so than many of these other parents and their disrespectful “gems” haha what a laugh.