Controversy over photo of Steven Spielberg posing with “dead” dinosaur

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Photo: Facebook

Photo: Facebook

Movie director Steven Spielberg is the “talk of the internet” after a photo of him posing with a ‘dead’ dinosaur went viral, according to a report from WGHP.

Internet humorist Jay Branscomb posted the photo on Facebook with the 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.”

The photo was meant to be satire, went viral, and was shared more than 32,000 times, because so many people believed it was real.

“Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER.”

“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.”

“He should be killed instead. Beautiful creature innocently living millions of years ago then this monster comes along.”

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

According to the report, the post went up 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.

And if that wasn’t enough, he followed up the dinosaur photo with a photo of Spielberg posing with a shark and the caption: “Folks, we need your help identifying the vicious shark-killer shown posing with his illegal prey.”

Read this entire story from WGHP, HERE.


  • D Rad

    Apparently no one remembers the movie. The dinosaur pictured wasn’t killed or slaughtered during the movie. It was sick. And why am I even commenting? This is stupid. He’s posing next to an animatronic of a species long gone before humans. Get a grip people. Find something else to complain about.

  • Michael

    What makes everyone think the comments weren’t satire too? People really can’t READ sarcasm, can they?

    • jay

      i can read sarcasm. 1. innocent creatures living millions of years ago. 2. THEN this monster comes along.
      it was a clever and funny way to say ‘these things are fucking extinct you idiot.’

  • shiva

    It really seems like every person quoted on this page was being sarcastic. you didn’t pick up on that? Soo basically, you guys don’t understand sarcasm. Must be tough working in a field that analyzes social media if you don’t know what sarcasm is.

    “these dag blasted kids with their fancy pants interweb machines! next thing i know they’ll be tellin’ me pagers are goin’ outta style!”

  • Allison

    “The photo was meant to be satire, went viral, and was shared more than 32,000 times, because so many people believed it was real”

    Internet commenters can be dumb , but so can Internet “journalists. ” I’m sure a few of them were actually that stupid, but most of us just realize it’s fun to “play along” with satire like this. Calling it a controversy just proves that *you* are the one missing the joke.

    You could have asked an interesting question – is this an appropriate use of satire, normally aimed at skewering foolish people or ideas, to minimize the concerns of those who were offended by the original photos of a girl who killed several vulnerable species in canned hunts? It’s funny as a simple “he killed a dinosaur! (but everyone knows they’re really extinct) ” joke, and the false outrage in the comments is as well, but in the larger context of satirizing the genuine outrage over safari hunts, it seems to be poking fun at the wrong side.

    There. I have now generated a genuine controversy for you to get excited over. You’re welcome.

  • Jamar Burr

    Just so you all know this the dinosaur from Jurassic Park 1. that was made over 10 yrs ago. And it man made not a real dinosaur…………….

  • SouthBeachVaBeach

    The real story here is Steven Speilberg and his genius. If it was anyone else it would’nt even be a story. What a guy. Looks like he’s aging a bit. Hope he’s enjoying life. Thanks Steve.

  • Bootsnchaps

    I thought it would be a picture of him next to a Jurrasic Park III poster. This is just the anamatronic triceratops from JP I that ate the berries and got sick.

  • Justice Puchalski

    this is photo shopped look under steven spielberg photos in facebook, and you will see a picture of the same dino with a group of guys and then now in this pic you only see him. AND DINOSAURS AREN’T EVEN ROAMING EARTH ANYMORE ……………………….ITS FAKE GET OVER IT PEOPLE…………………………………………………………………..

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