Skip to comments.Why 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin's Final Moments Should Be Televised
Posted on 03/13/2014 9:49:36 PM PDT by This Just In
Steve Irwin had one of the weirdest deaths imaginable: stung multiple times in the heart by a stingray which had probably mistaken him for a tiger shark. His final words, we now know from his cameraman, Justin Lyons, were: "I'm dying."
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If Mr. Irwin did not state explicitly that he wanted the video to be aired in the media, it's the family's decision.
Exploitation to whet the bloodlust of the public? Bread and circuses redux?
Frankly, I thought Delingpole’s argument was a little weak.
I was not a fan for several reasons which are irrelevant here. My kid however, LOVED the show and the man and grieved hard when he died. Truly grieved. Viewing his demise would be traumatic for many.
Airing this unfortunate man’s final moments would indeed be “ghoulish and prurient”
To say “in poor taste” is to minimize just how tasteless the notion is.
I was a fan of Steve. Very entertaining show.
But no need to see his traumatic end.
Why is this on Brietbart?
I wasn’t a fan of Steve Irwin’s style as well. It’s true that he was widely popular, and created a lot of interest, but his intrusion-if you will-on these animals were oddly enough a disharmonious approach to wildlife.
RIP, Mr. Irwin. You were a brave and talented man.
I don’t believe in tempting fate or God. The ONLY right way to deal with poisonous snakes is with a 12 gauge shotgun.
i thought the family already destroyed the tape if I remember correctly.
“Even as he lay dying in the boat while one of his cameramen desperately tried to administer CPR another cameraman kept on filming. Why? Because Irwin had given strict instructions that anything which happened to him while he was out filming should be recorded.”
Well, just because Mr. Irwin gave strict instructions of continue filming doesn’t mean he wanted the taping of his final moment to be aired on the screen.
Sure I'm aware of the counterarguments. That to release the Steve Irwin death footage would be ghoulish and prurient, that it would be offensive to his wife and kids, that such a private and personal moment as a man's death should stay private.
There you have it, Delingpole, the counterargument is exactly right and it buries your argument.
We have a lot of rattlers in our area. My family and I are careful while out hiking, swimming, fishing, exploring, etc. If there’s a snake slithering around while we’re out, you can bet it’s going to be dispatched.
Anyone have the infamous Bill Maher photo?
I don’t know whether or not they destroyed it. I would have.
You mean the jackass photo?
The Halloween Party photo.
It was a new low for Bill.
The thing about Irwin was his insistence on “respect” for dangerous animals, yet he showed little to none himself.
Irwin’s death is believed to be the only fatality from a stingray ever captured on video. A copy of the footage was reviewed by the Queensland state police, but eventually, all copies of the video were reportedly destroyed at the request of Irwin’s family. Production was completed on Ocean’s Deadliest, which was broadcast in the US on the Discovery Channel on 21 January 2007. The documentary was completed with footage shot in the weeks following the accident, but without including any mention of Irwin’s accidental death.
I was kidding. :^)
Do we really want to see the Halloween Party photo?
Didn't we used to call these things "snuff films?"
Disgusting. Absolutely not.
shouldn’t even be a question
There are a lot of people who loved Steve Irwin’s programs, and I can appreciate his talent, but you’re exactly right. It seemed odd to me that Mr. Irwin would talk about respecting the wild kingdom and yet he would do quite the opposite. Rather than observing animals in their natural habitat, he would disturb them.
I would not air this, I would not watch this.
That people are even considering it is testament to how far we have fallen.
I’ll assume a bunch of FReeper’s haven’t seen it.
Time for a little “know your enemy” lesson.
I can't find a reference right at the moment, but at the time he died, there were quotes in the media suggesting that he had said that if he was ever killed on camera, he did want the footage to be aired.
It's his wife's decision, legally, and she's made it. It also seems unlikely the footage exists anymore. It was supposedly destroyed.
Disharmonious to the wildlife?
it is the evil within most people that compels them...and they usually don’t know it
I see no social value in giving in to the base desires of others who wish to see a film of someone dying.
no..the evil is in most people..that’s why they want to see it.
Yes, but to be fair, he was more of a neighbor than a visitor in their habitat. IIRC his home was a habitat. I don't believe I ever saw him mistreating or abusing these animals. He had respect for their abilities and their life.
The only creatures harmed during the filming of his movie were human.
Here is how I would answer the question.
If Steve had accidentally skewered a sting ray with a spear, do you think Steve would want it in the movie ?
That being said, anyone who need more than a verbal explanation of what happened seems a little (or a lot) twisted to me. There are lots of things that ARE on video that I choose to not view for what I consider solid and personal reasons. Mainly, it's just gore at that point and I tend to not enjoy watching people suffer and die, regardless of the way it happens. Hell, I even have trouble watching those dumb videos on TV of skateboarders smashing their nuts all the time. I don't know how anyone could even have a desire to watch a guy get stabbed in the heart and die... sickening
I’ve already seen it, thanks. Lesson learned.
Let the curious amongst us click on it.
Scum of the Earth Maher.
If somebody wants to show it and somebody else wants to watch it, that’s all that matters. It’s called “FREEDOM”.
We’re all, to varying degrees, neighbors to wild life. I have seen Mr. Irwin wrestle gators, get down on his belly and go face to face with a deadly snake, etc.
I realize Steve Irwin never intended to harm any animals. His desire was to reintroduce people to the beauty, mystery, and dangers of wild animals. Mr. Irwin also wished to highlight endangered species, wildlife ecosystems, and the role humans play in that ecosystem.
What I did not find entertaining was his way of interacting with wildlife.
I prefer to focus on respect rather than our freedom to watch Mr. Irwin die. Out of respect for his life, wife, and children, I prefer to remember Steve Irwin as he was in livng.
People wish to see these sorts of videos for morbid amusement and curiosity. There is no redeeming reason why anyone would wish to see a man die in such a horrible way.
Same here. But, I don’t have a right to deny you the right to see it if you feel otherwise. Unless I own the tape.
I wholeheartedly agree.
He always struck me as an adrenaline junkie, just doing a big show off not much different than a base parachute jumper or a psycho robbing a bank, bucket list style.
Delingpole, a great writer who skewers environazi’s, has been hired by Breitbart London.
Let him RIP without idiots with popcorn watching on years after the fact.