Get Up On This with Jensen Karp: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator / Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

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Get Up On This with Jensen Karp: Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator / Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Every Wednesday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

January 15, 2020

Every Wednesday morning Jensen brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

If you haven’t already noticed, Jensen has changed the date of Get Up On This from Thursdays to Wednesdays. So for this week, Jensen got us up on two new Netflix Original investigative documentary series that are both better than Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, a recent buzz-worthy addition to the streaming service that actually fizzles out rather fast. They are Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator, and Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, with the latter being released today.

We’ll start with Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator. Released in November, it focuses on the life and the alleged crimes of the creator of the yoga phenomenon of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, commonly known as Hot Yoga. His name is Bikram Choudhury and he founded an empire that focuses on a new set of 26 yoga poses with different breathing techniques that originated from his home country of India. It’s a 90-minute documentary that starts off as a love letter to this man that has affected numerous people’s lives in profound ways. But, he quickly goes from being praised by white people from Beverly Hills to being exposed for a God complex and several sexual assaults and lawsuits against him.

In this time period, Eastern Medicine was all the rage. Bikram took advantage of this and taught classes wearing nothing more than a Rolex and a Speedo. He degraded his students, cursed at them and made fun of them for being fat while the classes were in session. But, for some reason, America loved it and he was even featured on 60 Minutes. He would build trust with many of the young women in the program and created a cycle of abuse and fear within the community. This documentary really examines the moment in time at the beginning of this yoga craze and the criminal activities of one of its leaders. Jensen refused to go into too much detail because he didn’t want to spoil anything. But, Bikram Yoga studios are still around and he feels that Bikram never really got what he deserved.

Second is the new Netflix Original docuseries Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. It was released today and immediately started trending on Twitter. It details the story of the now-deceased former New England Patriots star Tight End, and convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez. He was convicted of murdering the boyfriend of his fiancé’s sister in an execution-style, and while in custody was also accused of other crimes as well. He quickly became the face of a violent American villain, though at one time Hernandez was an NFL All-Star with a contract worth millions of dollars. It is a 3-part docuseries produced by the same people who made Making A Murderer, so you know it’s good.

This is an expanded look at Aaron Hernandez’s home life, the toxic NFL culture and new information that has emerged since the original investigations, that he was living a closeted homosexual life. It includes interviews from his high school quarterback, who was his alleged teenage boyfriend, as well as a former Patriots player that hid his homosexuality while he was playing. It takes a deep dive into the culture of football and masculinity and what can happen because of it. It also talks about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and how the effects of it plays into Hernandez’s story. They include telephone calls from the time he spent in jail where he repeatedly says “I’ve become a monster.” Hernandez died at 27 years old, and the post-mortem analysis of his brain found that he had the most serve case of CTE ever found in someone under 30. Jensen, however, made it clear that it is in no way shape or form an excuse for the things he did. By most NFL standards, during his playing career, he was a normal guy and able to control himself, and the week before he committed murder, he was supposed to sign a new contract extension for $40 million.

Neither of this week’s picks are chill, but they are both highly entertaining and excellent if you are obsessed with true crime documentaries. These two documentaries are available to stream on Netflix right now. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator was released back in November and Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez was released today. Get your true crime on and check them out.