Animal rights activists have long been known for having big hearts, as evidenced by their often hard-core defense of all living beings. But as reported in the International Business Times and Yahoo News, it seems that some activists still defend certain animals that haven’t roamed the planet for the past few million years.
Hollywood super-mogul Steven Spielberg has drawn the ire of a few thousand internet surfers over some creative photo-shopping on Facebook. Well-known social media prankster Jay Branscomb superimposed an image of Spielberg seated Great Hunter-style in front of a downed Triceratops dinosaur. Ever the joker, Branscomb added the caption to his faux-pic: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”
Apparently, the faked photo was all that was needed for a number of Facebook visitors to launch verbal attacks against the movie director. As irate anti-hunters viewed the site, Spielberg was branded as “inhumane” and an “animal killer.” The film director, said an angry critic, belonged in prison for being a “sicko,” who, in the commenter’s opinion, was guilty of causing the extinction of dinosaurs.
Another overly irate Facebook visitor — a living indictment of the American education system — commented: “Disgusting! I bet he only kept the horns!” Disturbingly, one individual called for the death of the movie maker:
He should be killed instead. Beautiful creature innocently living millions of years ago then this monster [Spielberg] comes along.
Unfortunately for the individuals who came down hard on him, it was impossible for Spielberg to have killed the dinosaur in question. They seem to have missed that the triceratops went extinct 63 million years ago.
Yet the accusations of animal cruelty didn’t end with animals that don’t exist anymore. KSDK in St. Louis, Missouri took note recently that
the photo also lead [sic] to some heated exchanges: ‘That’s Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park!’ one person wrote. ‘I don’t care who he is, he should not have shot that animal!’ a defender all of animals (even extinct ones) wrote back. This outrage led to a second Facebook post: this one, condemning Spielberg for brutally murdering a giant shark (note: Spielberg is the man responsible for ‘Jaws’).
Interestingly enough, Triceratops-Gate comes on the heels of two separate Facebook-inspired animal rights outrages. The Washington Times reported on July 9, 2014 that 19-year-old Texas cheerleader/trophy hunter Kendall Jones founder herself the target of death threats after she posted photos of her trophy kills during a family safari to Africa last month. A Facebook page quickly surfaced entitled “Kill Kendall Jones.”
Also topical is the curious case of the seventeen-year-old Belgian beauty Axelle Despiegelaere (see video). The soccer stunner was discovered by L’Oréal cosmetics while the roving eye of one of the cameras at the World Cup couldn’t help but take notice of the flawless fußballverband belle.
In what seemed initially a storybook ending, Despiegelaere was offered a contract by L’Oréal to be one of their bevy of high fashion models. But as her beloved Belgian soccer team, nicknamed the Red Devils, was scheduled to compete against the American kickball team, a patriotic Despiegelaere possibly made an unwitting mistake she’ll regret for the rest of her life.
Excited for her geographically small but soccer-strong nation, which was scheduled to take on the USA, the comely lass posted to Facebook a year-old photograph of herself posing with a dead Oryx Gazelle she had apparently shot while in Africa. Jokingly, Despiegelaere also said that it was time to “hunt” Americans. It was then that the cosmetic’s giant decided to dump would-be make-up mademoiselle. Possibly the shortest modeling contract in history, the teen’s contract with L’Oréal lasted all of three days.