Facebook users with a misunderstanding about the space-time continuum and species extinction became outraged this week over a viral photo of director Steven Spielberg posing next to a dead dinosaur prop from “Jurassic Park,” which satirically identified the infamous director as a poacher.
Jay Branscomb posted the photo on Sunday along 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 image has since picked up more than 11,000 likes, almost 35,000 shares and over 6,000 comments, many of which applauded the joke. Others, not so much.
“That’s Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park!” one user wrote.
“I don’t care who he is he should not have shot that animal,” another responded.
“Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER,” commented another.
“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 followed up.
Previous comments were, however, tame compared to this user’s tirade:
In a tongue-in-cheek reply Branscomb followed up with another picture of Spielberg:
Which included the caption: “Folks, we need your help identifying the vicious shark-killer shown posing with his illegal prey. Sharks are essential to the ecosystem and their waters are protected off the coast of California. If you have any knowledge of this fiend’s identity or whereabouts, please contact authorities immediately.”
As Buzzfeed helpfully pointed out in a fact check, “The triceratops became extinct 66 million years ago. The director of “Jurassic Park” has never shot one for sport.”