Someone just made a Jurassic mistake.
Author Joyce Carol Oates appears to be outraged at Steven Spielberg for killing a triceratops. A dinosaur that went extinct millions of years ago.
Her anger stems from a photo that went viral last year that shows the Hollywood director sitting next to an animatronic dinosaur from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park. Many people and animal activists who saw the photo at the time quickly voiced their anger on social media, before of course realizing that Speilberg was sitting next a fake model of a prehistoric animal that no longer exists. Here’s the image we’re talking about, in all it’s infamous glory:
This guy thinks it's cool to kill defenceless animals then take a selfie. Jerk. pic.twitter.com/WbgMklrd9u
— Chris Tilly (@TillyTweets) June 9, 2015
But the picture resurfaced on Twitter this Tuesday, just in time for the release of Jurassic World. But this time it appeared to fool a celebrated American author:
So barbaric that this should still be allowed… No conservation laws in effect wherever this is? https://t.co/hgavm9IBaM
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 9, 2015
You tell ’em, Oates!
This wouldn’t actually be the first of the author’s Twitter gaffes. She’s been criticized for some of her tweets in the past, including one that blamed the prevalence of rape in Egypt on Islam and another where she wrote “‘Cat food’ in China actually is’“.
It looks like she may have been joking this time around though, because a day after she posted the tweet, Oates sent an email to NewsWeek clarifying that it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously.
“it was meant as a joke….many of my tweets are meant to be funny; but I guess that is not always a good idea,” she wrote.
But we can’t help but think, coming all that time later, that she might have just been backpedaling. Because we guess, from far away, the image kind of looks like an elephant (maybe? Kind of?).
No, never mind. That’s definitely a dinosaur.
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