As a general rule, I consider sport hunters to be about the biggest assholes in world. There’s more of a grey area (sort of) when it comes to hunting for food, but few things piss me off like those dicks who hunt exotic animals for trophies and post pictures of themselves holding the corpses. These kinds of images often create a public backlash, like with that cheerleader from Texas Tech, and there was another one recently, kind of. An image of beloved filmmaker Steven Spielberg, made the rounds on the Internet and caused quite a stir, and when you look at it, you will most likely hang your head and weep for the future of the human race. Or laugh really hard.
Where to start with this one? So recently someone posted a picture of Spielberg on his Facebook page. Those of you familiar with the man and his work will recognize that this is a picture from the early 1990s, he’s obviously much younger, and it shows the director posing in front of a triceratops that most of you will recognize from Jurassic Park. You know the moment, it’s when Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and others are on their tour of the park—things haven’t started going south yet—and they encounter the sick dinosaur. Remember when Laura Dern sticks her arm shoulder deep in dino poop? A truly classic scene. This image looks very much like one of these hunter’s photos, so much so that it fooled some folks.
Over the last few days, this picture has been shared more than 30,000 times, and some people seem to have missed the point completely, attempting to publicly shame Spielberg for his perceived actions. I’m all for calling out poachers on their bullshit, but people seriously need to take a minute to think before they post things on the Internet. I know that’s a lot to ask, and is completely impossible, but call me an optimist.
People, granted it’s a small minority, posted replies like, “I don’t care who he is, he should not have shot that animal,” and “Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER.”
There are so many things wrong with this, and so many questions to ask. Did these people simply not look at the picture? Did they not notice that this is a dinosaur? Do they not know what dinosaurs are? Do they think that dinosaurs still exist? Do they think Jurassic Park was a documentary? I could go on.
In their defense, I guess if dinosaurs were still alive, Spielberg is one of the few people in the world with the money and clout that he could arrange this sort of Jurassic safari. I don’t know the man, but from what I know of him that doesn’t seem like his deal, but he could were he so inclined.
You have to hope that these comments were left as a joke. It’s the Internet, after all, and sarcasm is so difficult to convey in the written word. But again, it is the Internet, and considering some of the lowest-common-denominator nonsense out there, nothing surprises us anymore.