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Joyce Carol Oates responds to 'dead' Jurassic Park dinosaur

'No conservation laws in effect wherever this is?'

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Hold onto your butts: Joyce Carol Oates was seemingly outraged by a photo from Jurassic Park shared via Twitter on Tuesday. 

First, IGN Movie Editor, Chris Tilly tweeted a photo (below) of director Steven Spielberg with one of the movie’s dinosaurs that appeared “dead,” with Tilly snarking, “this guy thinks it’s cool to kill defenseless animals and then take a selfie.”

Then the prolific author and Pulitzer nominee railed against the image:

Followers—and Tilly— were quick to point out that the photo was from a film and not actually of a deceased animal (it’s a mechanical Triceratops, to be exact). 

Oates is not the first person to perhaps think that Spielberg was just a jerk taking a tasteless photo. The image caused a stir last year when Jay Branscomb posted it to Facebook as a joke with the caption, “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.” It went viral – but maybe not viral enough to reach Oates’ social network.