In Sad News For Intelligence, People On The Internet Believed Steven Spielberg Killed A Dinosaur

Steven Spielberg Jurassic Park dinosaur photo Facebook 2014

Guys, I hate to break this to you, but some people are really dumb. How dumb, you ask? Dumb enough to think dinosaurs still exist, and that Steven Spielberg killed one of them. But really, the only thing that’s been killed here is my faith in the human brain to not be stupid. I’m pretty sure “realizing dinosaurs have been extinct for tens of millions of years” is pretty high up on the checklist of ways to not be an idiot. But the members of the Internet have failed that test once again.

Here’s how this whole “Steven Spielberg is a vicious Triceratops poacher” rumor started. You might have heard the recent reports about Kendall Jones, a Texas 19-year-old who posted photos of herself to Facebook posing with wild animals she’s killed while safari hunting. In that case, people were right to be outraged. In the case of Steven Spielberg posing with a fake dinosaur on the set of his 1993 movie Jurassic Park (you know, the fictional movie about dinosaurs), not so much.

The photo was posted to Facebook by Jay Branscomb, whom the Daily Mail calls a “meme-maker and wit.” He captioned the photo as follows:

“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.”

It was clearly a joke, likely referencing the Kendall Jones controversy. But unfortunately satire doesn’t always come across over the Internet (which we at Crushable know from personal experience). Actually, it doesn’t even matter how well Jay Branscomb’s satire came across. You should be able to see a photo of a famous movie director posing with a dinosaur on the set of his famous movie about dinosaurs and know that it’s not real. But that was simply asking too much, because of course some people were gullible enough to believe it.

One Facebook user posted a long, angry rant that ended with “Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER.” She also calls him an “inhumane prick” and declares that overpopulation is no excuse. You know, because there are just so many Triceratops roaming around. Thankfully there were plenty of posts playing along with the joke to counteract this.

I don’t ask a lot of people intelligence-wise. I don’t need you to find a cure for cancer or write the great American novel. Just don’t say “supposably,” and understand that dinosaurs no longer exist. Is that really too much to ask?

(Screenshot via Daily Mail)

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    • Jenni

      I’m obsessed with the fact that people didn’t question the fact it’s a dinosaur.

      • MCR

        I don’t blame you. It’s kind of fascinating.
        I often find myself reading responses like this and saying, “I’m sure they’re just being sarcastic,” because I can’t bear to believe regular, literate people can be so oblivious. So once again, being optimistic, maybe the angry Triceratops conservationist on Facebook was trying to be funny, and her satire went over our heads.

    • Lily Savage

      Things like this make me fear for humanity.

    • TJ

      I love the comments that think that Jay didn’t get the joke.

    • Nbl

      I’m going let John Cleese take it from here.

    • MCR

      People don’t even need to know that dinosaurs have been extinct “for tens of millions of years.” They only need to know that they have been extinct since before Jurassic Park – Part 1 – was filmed. That doesn’t seem to be asking too much.

    • calsfdude

      What???? Dinosaurs do not exist?
      Oh man…..