Good thing it wasn't ET. (via)
The hunters have become the hunted. Or, at least, the trolled in wilderness of social media.
The hunting photo frenzy began last week when the Facebook page of a Texas teen cheerleader/trophy hunter went viral. Seems a lot of people were furious that a lot of other people liked the photos of her posing next to exotic, dead animals that she'd travelled to Africa to kill. Overnight she was divisively famous, with one weird perv so "worked up" he offered $100,000 for "nudes" and "dirt" on the girl.
The whole story took on the viral nuttiness that only the combination of "hot teen" and "dead animals" could produce. Which means that people began coming out of the woodwork to add their two cents, because it's what was trending at the moment and it beat doing whatever they were being paid to do at their jobs.
Which leads us to the photo (above) of Steven Spielberg posing next to a "dead" Triceratops. That was posted to Facebook by Jay Branscomb with the description "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."
That's pretty funny. Because we're dealing with Facebook, however, not everyone got the joke, which lead to even funnier comments from people who were outraged by the heartless brutality of Steven Spielberg. Which lead to even more people chiming in to goof on them, which ultimately lead to a lot of man-splaining, and clarif-emaling(?).
Twitter user Rebecca Rose was following along and put together her own "best of" collection while calling the action on her Twitter feed.
OK, WHATEVER KEEPS YOU SANE. pic.twitter.com/atkoFp3NSg— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
This is the greatest day of my Internet life. pic.twitter.com/9iXfRjQGSe— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
"Retart." pic.twitter.com/G5lTTWDRZ0— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
Here we go! "Slavory." pic.twitter.com/ub7jYTKLOs— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
Oh and of course there's racism. Couldn't have a Facebook comment thread without that. pic.twitter.com/BJFq9sg3mO— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
Don't worry everyone, this guy is here to clear things up. pic.twitter.com/UrHbnGy076— Rebecca Rose (@AmericasBaby1) July 11, 2014
If you really don't feel like working and want to dig through the entire, mind-numbing, 6,000-plus comments yourself, you can go nuts here. Happy Friday!
(by Jonathan Corbett)