A photo of movie director Steven Spielberg posing with a "dead" triceratops on the set of "Jurassic Park" was posted on Facebook this week as a joke, but some seemingly upset commenters appeared to forget dinosaurs are extinct.
The original post was from Jay Branscomb, a well-known Internet funnyman, who joked that it was a "disgraceful" photo of a "despicable man." The post has since been removed.
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But then the comments began rolling in. Comments such as: "Steven Spielberg, I’m disappointed in you. I’m not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER."
While many comments were clearly made in jest — "This is so sad. I am crying. Why letting this monster walk the streets! He needs to be stopped what next a velociraptor?" — some others were a bit harder to distinguish, and it's anybody's guess if they were being sarcastic or were actually fooled.
Some media pointed to an exchange where someone explained that the man in the photo was the "Jurassic Park" director, followed by a response that said, "I don't care who he is he should not have shot that animal." But The Huffington Post observed that the dinosaur sympathizer had made many other comments
and was almost surely in on the joke.
"Jurassic Park" came out in 1993 and made more than $400 million at the box office, setting a record as the highest-grossing film at the time.
Spielberg is an Academy Award-winning director for both "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan," and also directed the classics "Jaws" and "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."
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