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Steven Spielberg’s Photo With Dead Dinosaur Goes Viral, Sparks Outrage

By Hanssie on July 13th 2014

Dinosaurs became extinct a few millions of years ago. But the following photo, posted on Facebook this week, has sparked the ire of some animal lovers. In the photo, taken on the set of Jurassic Park, Academy Award Winning director Steven Spielberg poses with a dead triceratops.


Facebook/Jay Branscomb

Facebook meme creator, Jay Branscomb  posted the above photo on Facebook with the following 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” as a response to the recent uproar over hunting photos a la Kendall Jones and now, Axelle Despiegelaere.


The problem (with society) is that some people did not get the joke and voiced their concern and opinion on the cruelty of Spielberg shooting such a majestic animal. As one person writes, “Steven Speilberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER.

The photo went viral and has 41k shares and 16k likes as well as over 9k comments. Some people joined in on the sarcasm with comments like:

“For all of the anti-hunters out there, This was a meager minor sized tri-top. I shoot Brontosaurus 15 times as tall…”

“At this rate triceratops will be extinct in -6 million years.”

Others, I’m kind of hoping for the sake of humanity, are just really good at sarcasm and I’m just not at their level of wittiness:

“Disgraceful. No wonder dinosaurs became extinct. Sickos like this kill every last one of them as soon as they are discovered. He should be in prison.”

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

“I don’t care who he is, he should not have shot that animal.”

Branscomb, adding the the melee of the confused Internet, posted this followup photo and comment:

Folks, we need your help identifying the vicious shark-killer shown posing with his illegal prey. Sharks are essential to the eco-system and their waters are protected off the coast of California. If you have any knowledge of this fiend’s identity or whereabouts, please contact authorities immediately.


Facebook/Jay Branscomb

I’m not sure which is more sad, that people were so upset over the photo or that Steven Spielberg killed a triceratops.

[Via Buzzfeed]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mark Hewitson

    I saw this go around Facebook and did wonder how easily some people bite at anything that’s put in front of them.

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  2. Ian Moss

    They do market a lot of books ‘for Dummies’. :)

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  3. Ian Moss

    Sadly you don’t have to be bright to use a computer.

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  4. Joe Marshall

    Too funny.

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  5. Phil Bautista

    But I thought he brought them back to life?

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    this post has made my day … some of those comments are simply hilarious its amazing to see how people as so looking for anything to shoot you down

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  7. Greg Faulkner

    There should be some sort of exam you have to take before you’re allowed to buy a computer lol

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  8. Black Z Eddie

    Sum peeple are gest gollable.


    {they would be the ones not noticing anything wrong}

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  9. Paul Faecks

    Hilariously sad…

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    • Drew Valadez

      Paul gets it.

      Yeah, laugh at these people but then take a deep breath and come back to reality and realize that you are surrounded by these people. And can breed. You know, so they can pass on their intelligence.

      I’m being bitter now. I’m gonna go sit in a corner.

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  10. James VanderWeide

    Hilarious. If people actually saw Jurassic Park, they’d know the triceratops was sick and not dead… And they’re also extinct.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Wow. You have an optimistic streak in you a mile wide if you think that seeing Jurassic Park (any of them) would have made a difference. (And “extinct” is a two-syllable word with one of those funny “x” things in the middle and a whole lot of consonants jammed together at the end. What’s up with that? How are regular people supposed to figure this stuff out?) A couple of days of reading YouTube comments ought to set you on the path to righteous cynicism and despair for the species.

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