Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Apparently not everyone is mourning Steve Irwin’s death. Germaine Greer, academic and writer known for her book, The Female Eunuch, published in the early 1970s, commented in UK’s The Guardian that, “The animal world has finally taken its revenge on Irwin, but probably not before a whole generation of kids in shorts seven sizes too small has learned to shout in the ears of animals with hearing 10 times more acute than theirs, determined to become millionaire animal-loving zoo-owners in their turn.”

Not sure why she has such a beef with him and sees fit to criticize the man so soon after his death but there you go.

Check out the entire article here.

The article has not gone by without a backlash from the Australian website Check out the reaction here.



illuminati said...

Never liked GG, but I have to agree with her here. Her opinions were "spot on".

Steve Irwin fit the "larrikin" appellation to a T, and I NEVER understood what people saw in him. Loud, obnoxious and foolish. His brand of "edu-tainment" was far too "Three Stooges" for me. I would have rather seen him put more of that energy into furthering conservationist causes in a serious manner. (Not to say that he was ineffective, just inefficient. A different approach would have produced better results, IMHO.)

Sad to see him go, but I'll probably forget him in short order.

ObilonKenobi said...

I just learned the "larrikin" term from reading reports about the Croc Hunter's death. Unfortunately, he was not supposed to be a serious conservationist, he was a conservationist who was an entertainer and he brought animals into people's living rooms and to children.

I did not know the man. I have no idea what his intentions truly were. Nevertheless, I can guess from seeing him on TV and interviews with him that he truly cared about educating people about animals and the environment and he used his money, influences and resources to that end.

Sure, his approach was buffoonish and larrikin but so are lots and lots of people. I can think of one very influential person who doesn't mean to be an idiot but frequently is, and he is definitely bad for the environment and the world.

Many people approach conservation in very serious ways. They seem to be just as effective (or ineffective) as Steve Irwin.

Personally, I will miss the man and he has done more to increase awareness than you or I have done or ever will do. And he made many people happy who did not know him.

I find GG's goodbye and good riddance article to be offensive and inappropriate given the timing.