South Park and I agree –

Steve Irwin was a dickhead.

There’s been a lot of fuss about the South Park Halloween episode, featuring a bloodied Steve Irwin with a stingray hanging out of his chest.

Via the BBC News Online; John Beyer of Mediawatch called the episode “grossly insensitive”, and that “Mr Irwin’s family are obviously still grieving about their tragic loss and it seems inappropriate to me that South Park should be trying to make some capital out of it. 

“To lampoon somebody’s death like that is unacceptable, and so soon after the event is grossly insensitive and shows a great deal of disrespect for his family.”

Well hello, that’s what South Park DOES, and that’s what lampooning IS.   Get that iron pole out your arse, Mr Beyer.  Nothing is sacred in Entertainment.  It’d be different if his kids were being lampooned; a celebrity is fair game – posthumously or nae.   And to be frank, I totally agree with taking the piss out of Irwin.

In fact, I wrote a post about this a couple of months back (which, because I am not famous and no one reads this) that went totally un-remarked. And there I was, trying to be all sensationalist and shit.

Here’s what I wrote (Saturday 16 September 2006), and I stand by it totally :-

Steve Irwin was a dickhead …

I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, and I feel immense sadness for his wife and kidlets, for them it is a shocking tragedy. To be honest though, and going against the tide of popular opinion (for which I fully expect to be called an unfeeling arsehole), I can’t help but feel that the man was a total dickhead. He took stupid, stupid risks; he got way too close to wild, dangerous animals and so ran the risk of getting hurt, most likely fatally; and he was, rather than the conservationist and environmentalist he’s made out to be, an exhibitionist, a sensationalist, and totally contemptuous of animals and nature.

As soon as I read the reports of his death, I knew – from both the reports and knowledge of stingray behaviour – that he’d got too close, he and his crew had been hassling the creature, and it acted in natural self defence. That kind of behaviour – hassling an animal until it is driven to defending itself – shows a total lack of respect and therefore a great deal of contempt; attributes that are too often seen in the modern world toward the natural world and why the environment and biodiversity is in such a shitty situation. As for educating the masses – no this is NOT the kind of treatment that should be encouraged.

I recall seeing only one Steve Irwin TV segment, and I had to switch off after a couple of minutes at that; he was teasing and taunting a spitting cobra and as the animal repeatedly reared up and spat straight into the man’s eyes, Irwin just casually douched the poison out with a squirt of a water bottle and carried on. What a total bullying bastard; that kind of act does not a conservationist and environmentalist make, even if it does make for good ratings with the LCD in the dumbarse USA.

Give me David Attenborough; now there’s a man who has furthered knowledge and appreciation of animal and plant life on this planet, and always with the total respect and awe owing such treasures. And, after 50 plus years in the business, continues to make programmes that are beautiful and entrancing (and oh, educational as well, how ‘bout that?).

Nice that South Park agrees with me! Of course their spoofs on Tom Cruise etcetera were absolutely divinely up my alley.

So sue me. For being “grossly insensitive” woohoo!

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  • sarah  On Tuesday 22 July 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Agreed with everything you said about that idiot, Irwin.

  • Chantelle  On Friday 8 August 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Mmm… He was a little careless, I must admitt and jesus almighty did his voice irritate the ‘bloody hell’ out of me. Even being an Australian!
    You forgot to mention the time when he dangled his new born baby infront of a crocodile. Alot of people here in Australia wanted to kill him.
    Just for future reference, we don’t all talk like Steve Irwin. Infact, after 19 years of living here i’d say 94-5% of the population don’t talk like Steve at all. Thank GOD!

    =) Like your style of writing, by the way.

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