Originally Posted by A&L's300SL
I don't know how big Steve Irwin was in the rest of the world but here in Victoria Australia you only heard of him every couple of months. When he took his kid into the croc pen every media outlet and show on TV vilified him for his carelessness.
Fair enough he had I coming for that incident.
Now any 2bit interviewer that has every spoken to him has a show in memory of the guy.
He had been called a media whore when alive, now he's deceased he's still one.
This time he has as much choice in the matter as his kid did in the croc pen.
Originally Posted by ThrillKill
You Aussies seem to be his harshest critic yet he did wonders for tourism and all around visibility of your continent. Kids here loved him. I wonder how you feel about Mel Gibson who worked hard to lose his accent and take on the articulation of a Hollywood wanker.
Fortunately Mel Gibson was born in Peekskill, New York USA. Not Australia.
Steve Irwin was heavily marketed in the US. The Discovery channel made him a household name over there. In Australia where Steve Irwin was not marketed so much, people seemed to accept his mad, reckless adventures in the bush. It helped him rake in the tourists and the $$$ to his Australia Zoo. Good on him, he took a chance, rolled the dice of fate and made a fortune getting kids to think wrestling with crocs or picking up snakes was fun and easy. The thing is, the media over here attacked him because he took his baby into a croc pen and acted like it was perfectly safe. I consider it like Michael Jackson hanging his kid over the balcony, or Britney Spears driving with her baby unrestrained on her lap.
You can hold onto a kid when crossing a road and choose when to step out in front of traffic. How do you choose whether or not a deadly reptile, which is basically a dinosaur will attack? Crocs can run fast of they want and predicting their behavior is, well.... stupid. He then went on TV in tears and said if he could do it again he would. With one exception, no cameras.
Thats the moment he lost me.
Now idiots are killing stingrays because one "ATTACKED" Steve Irwin. A friend of mine saw the footage. He died because he was foolish. Not because he was attacked. A stingray is a flight creature, not a fight creature. Its not a croc.
I do think his death was unfortunate and a tragedy to those who loved him. The killing of the stingrays, would I think make him very sad. I also think he would disagree with the media and public continuing to say he was attacked.
I know he was fatally stung by a stingray. Not attacked