The man possibly best known for serving as the executive producer of "Men in Black 3" has invoked the wrath of the Internet in wake of a recently unearthed photo depicting him smiling in glee following what appears to be the poaching of one of the most peaceful herbivorous creatures of the late cretaceous period.
It began when a Facebook jokester posted a photo of Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg happily posing next to a Triceratops.
Here's 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."
As of approximately 1:56 p.m. on Friday, this post had been shared 34,494 times and received 11,206 likes. The real joy in this social media success lies in the comments, where some people were genuinely offended that Spielberg would dare kill a peaceful creature such as the Triceratops (note: these gentle giants went extinct 66 million years ago. Also of note: Spielberg directed "Jurassic Park").
"Steven Spielberg, I'm disappointed in you. I'm not watching any of your movies again ANIMAL KILLER," one commenter wrote.
"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 said.
Another commenter went as far as to threaten national treasure Steven Spielberg's life:
"He should be killed instead. Beautiful creature innocently living millions of years ago then this monster comes along," the commenter said.
The photo also lead to some heated exchanges:
"That's Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park!" one person wrote.
"I don't care who he is, he should not have shot that animal!" a defender all of animals (even extinct ones) wrote back.
This outrage led to a second Facebook post: this one, condemning Spielberg for brutally murdering a giant shark (note: Spielberg is the man responsible for "Jaws").
These two images led the wise people of the Internet to say what should have been said all along: that these images are obviously Photoshopped.
This entire debacle can perhaps be best described by this quote from Craig Ferguson:
"You can't make someone your hero because of something you read on the Internet. The Internet is not a source of information. It is a source of disinformation."
Just because, here are the trailers for "Jurassic Park" and "Jaws":