A number of commenters went wild this week when, in reference to the controversy surrounding Texas teen and big game hunter Kendall Jones, Internet funnyman Jay Branscomb posted a photo on Facebook of director Steven Spielberg seated in front of a clearly ailing triceratops prop from his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park. Branscomb’s caption satirically read: “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.”
But not everyone was in on the joke. Comments on the photo decried Spielberg’s utter inhumanity, calling him “ANIMAL KILLER” and declaring “he should be killed instead.” As other commenters pointed out, this might be a bit of an overreaction: Triceratops have been dead for over 60 million years. Branscomb later posted a photo of similar import, showing Spielberg seated atop the robot used in his 1975 film Jaws. “Folks, we need your help identifying the vicious shark-killer…” All those actors in Saving Private Ryan? Also not really dead.
The photo Jay Branscomb posted to his Facebook page