After weeks of negotiations ended in an impasse, a group of Aztec descendants have filed a lawsuit against Nickelodeon, claiming the television network “repeatedly and shamefully” desecrated their ancestors’ Hidden Temple from 1993 to 1995. The group alleges that Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom knowingly and willfully sent teams of children into the sacred holy site to play games of mental and physical strength, resulting in damage to countless artifacts and relics.
The lawsuit cites specific damages to “the Pendants of Life,” “the Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman,” and “the Shrine of the Silver Monkey,” as well as punitive damages for the “psychological grief caused by the mockery of their ancestors’ sacred God, Olmec.” Said the plaintiffs’ spokesperson, “they have lost so much, merely so a few preteens could win a trip to Space Camp.”
Nickelodeon executives deny responsibility. They state they are sorry for the plaintiffs’ losses but maintain the damages happened due to the rogue and un-sanctioned actions of the show’s host, Kirk Fogg.