On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a number of people were livid over a photo of Steven Spielberg with a mechanical triceratops on the set of the 1993 movie "Jurassic Park." Apparently, some actually though Spielberg shot the dinosaur.
"I just reported this picture. I hope you all can join me in stopping these cowards," one person wrote.
The photo was posted by Internet humorist Jay Branscomb, who wrote: "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."
"Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER," one person said, apparently oblivious to the fact that dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years.
"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," another person said.
"He should be killed instead," one person added. "Beautiful creature innocently living millions of years ago then this monster comes along."
A number of people, Buzzfeed added, noted the picture was intended to be satire, but that didn't matter to some. The site posted a photo showing the angry reaction one person had when informed the picture was of Spielberg.
"I don't care who he is he should not have shot that animal," wrote Facebook user "Vincent Smith." Another person thought the dinosaur should have been placed in a zoo rather than being killed.
"If this senseless poaching continues these gentle creatures may become extinct, but your $20.00 per month could help save these endangered creatures , please reach out & help the Tri-tops, (sic)" another person who got the joke added sarcastically.
According to Dinosaur.com, the triceratops was the last dinosaur to go extinct, WSPA said. Anchor Fred Cunningham said that was 65 million years ago.
Reaction to the photo was so strong that several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post, published articles informing their readers that Steven Spielberg is not a dinosaur-murdering monster who deserves contempt.
So far, there is no word on whether or not Mike Dickinson, the Virginia liberal seeking the House seat currently held by Eric Cantor, R-Va., has put out a reward for nude photos of Spielberg. On Wednesday, we reported he issued a $100,000 bounty for nude photos of Kendall Jones, the Texas Tech cheerleader who made news with photos of animals she posted on Facebook.