Steven Spielberg was the unlucky target of a Facebook prank last week when a user uploaded a photo of him next to a ‘dead’ dinosaur on the set of his blockbuster film Jurassic Park and jokingly called him out for being an animal hunter.
Jay Branscomb uploaded the photo showing Spielberg sitting beside a mechanical Triceratops that he had allegedly killed. The image was accompanied by a caption that read: "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered.”
The post quickly attracted a lot of attention. It was shared more than 30,000 times on the social media website and inspired a plethora of posts by users who were humorously overreacting and feigning anger at the director.
Although the post was intended as a joke, it seems that some misled users took the post far more seriously – some furiously commenting against Spielberg’s act and one very angry user even stating that he will boycott the director’s films entirely.
While dinosaurs actually went extinct over 66 million years ago, the animals were the subject of a 1993 film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton.
The film was followed by two other sequels: The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III. A third sequel, Jurassic World, is due for release in 2015.
The photo in the Facebook post was taken on the set of the first film, Jurassic Park, in 1993. Spielberg has not yet commented on the incident.