The savvy nerd looks at the above photo and says, “Huh. That’s a nice picture of director Steven Spielberg from the set of Jurassic Park.” But today on Facebook Spielberg’s the most hated man in America for his alleged killing of a dinosaur and then posing next to the corpse like a big game hunter showing off his latest trophy. Apparently, there are many people in society that are both a) unaware that dinosaurs are extinct, and b) that a man named Steven Spielberg once made a movie called “Jurassic Park” that used puppet dinosaurs in a fictional tale about the creatures being brought back to life through non-existent cloning technology on an island that was completely made up.

But let’s rewind. It became with a wise-apple named Jay Branscomb who posted the picture to his Facebook feed and wrote:

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.

Probably intended as a spoof of Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones, who went on safari in Zimbabwe and killed every four-legged creature she saw and then took a photo with the cadavers, Branscomb presumably saw the picture somewhere and said, hey, here’s an idea… Apparently, satire is above the heads of a lot of people on the internet, or Facebook anyway, and typical reaction was split one of two ways. There were those who were disgusted that this “random guy” would happily pose next to the “dinosaur” that he “killed”…

“Like, OMG how could you kill an innocent (c)reature like that???!!! What did it ever to do you???!! Like, what is wrong with you???!!”

“One day we realize that we are killing all animals on this planet and we need them to survive. But when we realize it will be too late.”

“What a sad, disgusting scene … a wry smile on his face while this once proud mother animal breathes it’s last … leaving the babies cowering in the brush to slowly, painfully starve to death … oh the humanity!!”

And those who thought that the original poster of the photo believed it was legitimately a photo of this “random guy” would happily pose next to the “dinosaur” that he “killed”…

“Hey Branscomb, are you really that f—— much of a(n) idiot. Ever seen the movie called Jurassic Park. Most of you that think this is a Triceratops, like this idiot that posted this.”

All those blurbs were taken from a New York Daily News article about the brouhaha. I think Branscomb was firmly aware of the origin of this photograph, a behind-the-scenes shot from the set of Jurassic Park in Hawaii in 1992 taken by producer Kathleen Kennedy. So to the other point, perhaps we need a refresher course on what is fantasy and what is reality. For instance, this is not a picture of an alien terrorist attack on the White House.


This monster did not actually destroy New York City.


And these people are not actually missing (although their careers certainly are).


So once again the internet has proved than immediate reactionism based purely on visceral gut feeling makes fools of those that rush in where angels smell a fake. In other words, think before you post. Are dinosaurs real? If they were, would we be allowed to hunt them? Doesn’t that beard look familiar? Come on, internet! You’re better than this (I hope).

Source: The Mary Sue

Category: Film, Nerd Culture

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