Thanks to the magic of social media, the world has seen more evidence of society’s greatest faults: our gullible natures.
An old 90s picture of Steven Spielberg on the set of Jurassic Park went viral this week after humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with this joke as 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.
But like many things that are posted on the internet, his comments were taken seriously by some people who called Spielberg a “disgusting, inhumane prick.”
Since being posted on Sunday July 6, the photo has since received over 33,000 shares on Facebook and has been commented on over 6,000 times.
Here’s another comment that was posted:
But while many of these complaints were among the minority of the comments, it’s clear that Branscomb was having too much fun with his joke. He has since posted another gag featuring a crew-member sitting atop the great white shark model from the set of Jaws.
With the photo, Branscomb said: “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.”
Well played, well played.