One of SkeptiSys’ Halloween posts, contained a series of amusing costume photos . Among those was a photo of Bill Maher dressed as Steve Irwin (see here) with a stingray through his chest. Little did I imagine at the time that the hostile reaction to that one photo would include insults and occasional threats of violence to Bill Maher and me.
Apparently, some Steve Irwin fans are crazy vengeful – even mutilating and killing random stingrays as payback for taking down their idol. Strangely, some wackos took revenge on unrelated stingrays in Queensland - perhaps to give other stingrays the message ‘don’t mess with Steve Irwin’. How the other stingrays will get the message without radio access, is known only to those Steve Irwin fans.
For those loons that took the time to vent their hostility at me, and for any readers interested, I want to make some points.
1. Other than the allegations of putting himself and his family in danger, I know of no bad words ever said about Steve Irwin. It does no good to pretend people think badly of Steve Irwin, and then react angrily to your pretend world. Making light and humor out of his (not completely unexpected) death attempts to create good feelings and in no way impinges on Steve Irwin’s personality or achievements. Steve is still perhaps one of the most beloved men. His fans, however, need better representation.
2. Everybody here at SkeptiSys strongly discourages anyone from doing anything Steve Irwin did. It was very dangerous, and Steve was very lucky to live as long as he did. Do not try it for yourself or you too will become a Halloween costume. We do have respect for Steve Irwin and others that sacrifice their lives for our entertainment, but would prefer you to be safe.
3. Humor (in combination with some drugs) will always be the best medicine for pain and sadness. If the humor misses, go on the the next joke – it is only a failed attempt to make someone smile. Or you can make death threats, if you are a violently insane chucklehead.
4. Be more creative with your death threats. Almost every threat I receive has some repetition of: f-ck, ass hole, and bastard. Are you trying to bore me to death? Just once I would like to read:
“hey jizz gargling rodeo clown! Steve Irwin’s final deep sea fart bubbles are funnier than a Bill Maher monologue. I also have some bad words about your Mother, but the pending lawsuit over the syphilitic genital puss sores she gave me and my pet kangaroo prevent me from commenting.
Yours truly, Steve Irwin’s biggest fan”