Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “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.”
Sometimes you just despair at stupidity.
Incredibly, a fair few members of the public didn’t grasp that the picture was taken from the Jurassic Park set, believing that Spielberg had actually poached a dinosaur; dinosaurs, a breed of animals that became extinct 66 million years ago.
And the story went viral. Did it go viral because people were genuinely outraged? Or is it funny to laugh at incredibly ignorant people? Probably both.
For this to be true, we have to assume that there are lots of people out there that do not know dinosaurs are long extinct and never existed alongside humans. Also, these people must think there are dinosaur hunting areas where humans can interact with them; and, they have never seen Jurassic Park, the movie. That’s some hefty assumptions there but I think some of these people are actually that ignorant. I’m biased, I grew up learning about dinosaurs and extinct animals. But certainly that is not the same for everyone. If you can get through the education system without knowing how to read at average level or do basic maths, you can manage to miss the discussion about dinosaurs no longer being alive.
Honestly, people believe a whole lot of dumb stuff, even worse than this. Sadly, you can get through life being completely oblivious to reality. And still be able to use Facebook.
The post was made as a joke in response to a Facebook photo of a teen who posed next to her kills. Some people are outraged by the pride taken in shooting a disadvantaged animal. Some sport.
Tip: Mike C and Richard Cornford