This is not our finest moment as a culture, people.
I know such a general statement shouldn’t be applied to everyone. It only applies to a few. Hopefully, very few. But the fact that there are some among us who thought director Steven Spielberg really poached a triceratops (based on the photo below) should cause great concern throughout our populace.
For those not familiar with the story, Jay Branscomb posted this 1992 photo of Spielberg from the set of Jurassic Park, intending to make fun of the uproar over a 19-year-old Texas Tech cheerleader posing with the animals she killed while big-game hunting in South Africa.
“Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered,” Branscomb wrote on his post. “Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”
Unbelievably, some didn’t get the joke, posting comments that said Spielberg “should not have shot that animal,” and called him an “inhumane prick” and “animal killer.” Others said they’d never see another one of his movies. But maybe they were playing along with the joke. Maybe. Let’s hope so.
Just in case, let’s also make it clear that Spielberg did not kill a great white shark during the 1974 filming of Jaws.