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Internet Erupts In Outrage Over Steven Spielberg: Triceratops Hunter


In response to a story that had gone viral last week about a Texas Tech Cheerleader who was posting photographs of herself with wild game she had killed in Africa, apparently on a wildlife preserve where people pay large amounts of money to hunt under the supervision of conservationists, someone posted the above photograph of Steven Spielberg posting with “sick Triceratops” that appeared in one scene of Jurassic Park. Then, the Internet reacted:

No, superstar movie director Steven Spielberg did not poach a dinosaur and then have a picture taken showing him with his trophy kill.

Hard to believe, right? Well, a photo posted on Facebook meant to be satire went viral — being shared more than 30,000 times, because so many people not only believed it was real but also were furious at the “Jurassic Park” director.

The post by Jay Branscomb on his page happened days after Facebook deleted photos from the page of Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old Texas cheerleader and hunter who posted numerous photos of herself posing with a variety of animals that she shot while on safari in Zimbabwe.

The photos sparked massive outrage from animal-rights activists and other Facebook users.

So, Branscomb posted the picture of Spielberg with a mechanical Triceratops on the set of “Jurassic Park,” the 1993 worldwide blockbuster about dinosaurs being brought back to life, with the comment: “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.”

Many users did not get the joke and responded accordingly.

“I just reported this picture. I hope you all can join me in stopping these cowards,” one user wrote.

And another: “Disgusting! I bet he only kept the horns!”

Yes, because people who waste Triceratops meat are just the worst.

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Getting harder and harder to tell the trolls apart.

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  2. CSK says:

    It’s hard to believe there are people who would actually believe Spielberg killed a Triceratops. Are they capable of embarrassment?

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  3. John Peabody says:

    I think the majority of the “idiotic” comments were just people playing along with the joke.

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  4. dazedandconfused says:

    Trolling the trolls?

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  5. Dave Schuler says:

    Well, who you gonna believe? Reason and knowledge or your own lyin’ eyes?

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  6. DrDaveT says:


    Trolling the trolls?

    Quis gigiet ipsos gigantis?

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  7. Tillman says:

    @John Peabody: Man, I want to believe that.

    The “keeping the horns” comment, I sincerely hope it was.

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  8. jd says:

    You wanna get *really* scary? These people can vote!

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  9. Stonetools says:


    Kind of wish there were some REAL triceratops roaming around that we could be concerned about. In the meantime lets do our best to protect the few existing megafauna we DO have.

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  10. Andre Kenji says:

    To be fair, from a distance(Or from a small pic in a phone), a Triceratops can be confused with a Rhinoceros.

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  11. “Yahoo! Reporter completely oblivious to sarcasm” seems like a more appropriate headline to me.

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  12. CB says:

    @John Peabody:

    But the ones that clearly weren’t? GOLD, JERRY, GOLD.

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  13. Sejanus says:

    @dazedandconfused: Or trolls trolling the trolls who troll the trolls?

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  14. bill says:

    lot’s of obama voters on facebook i see!

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  15. anjin-san says:

    Where is Spielberg’s long form birth certificate?

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  16. bill says:

    @Andre Kenji: please don’t try to compensate for these ‘tards,
    that they vote is bad enough.
    @Tillman: maybe some primitive horny asian guy needed them to get wood?!

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  17. ernieyeball says:

    Some people will believe anything. Like “there are invisible angels sent by god to protect children from harm.”

    Authorities were awaiting autopsy results from the Pima County medical examiner’s office. They are treating the case as a homicide.


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  18. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @John Peabody: I wish I could agree with you but I used to give my research writing students a hand out where the author of a academic paper “gratefully acknowledged” the assistance of the “noted anthropologist” Jean M. Auel and her “landmark” study Clan of the Cave Bear. I offered that acknowledgement just above the “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer that comes on the flyleaf of copies of the novel.

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