Okay, a warning to most of you... skip over this if you're not in the mood for a sanctimonious rant... but I'm on a lot of ritalin and it's making me write a lot.
I liked him cuz he was a character. A seriously unique guy. There's so many boring celebrities out there, but Steve Irwin was an original. Yeah he was looney tunes, but that's why I liked him! His shows were a blast to watch and he was doing it to bring awareness to animal conservation. He spent millions buying up large swaths of land in Australia, Fiji, the US and other areas purely for preservation purposes. Saying he was a "scam-artist" is pretty stupid. What kinda scam-artist spends his whole life from the age of 9 learning how to approach and handle dangerous creatures that could kill him in an instant and do it with zeal and passion? Or start up foundations and give much of his fortune to wild-life charities?
Plus, it seems like the cool thing to do on the internet these days is just to ****-talk or make retarded YTMND-esque photoshops of whoever's the latest celebrity to bite it. (Fuck, forget celebrities... 9/11 victims aren't off-limits) Someone may have had no previous opinion on the guy and they'll just jump on the bandwagon hoping to come up with the next clever "pwnd! u dead ***** lol!!1" photo. Really mature. If I wasn't so addicted to the ****ing internet, I would hate it so much. I mean it really brings out the worst in otherwise respectful people, and I'm not referring to anyone here specifically, but **** like the Yahoo boards, IMDB boards, YTMND that kinda stuff... because they realize there's no consequence to what they say or what they do. When you have nobody to answer to, all your inhibitions go out the window and you can be the most insensitive piece of **** you want. I agree with Ted Stevens. Goddamn series of tubes is corrupting America...
Alright this will be my last word on this, and it's not a reply to anyone in particular. I fully realize this comes off as preachy, sanctimonious and yes, hypocritical, cuz I too am guilty of doing off-color **** that outside the realm of the internet would be seen as tasteless. I've said **** here, including in this thread about crabby's kid that I would NEVER in a million years say to anyone in public. It's like there's two extremes out there... one is the *****-factor on TV, especially the news, where people are afraid to call anyone out due to rampant political correctness, corporate bias or just the ****ing FCC... and the other extreme is the *******-factor on the internet where I'll run across pricks photoshopping dead people on the very day they died. There's gotta be some common ground. Unfortunately I think the comforting anonymity of that monitor you're staring at right now means you'll never find it.
Destroying my reputation one post at a time.