British comedian Ricky Gervais is in the middle of an online war of words with a hunter named Rebecca Francis. And though this isn’t the first time Gervais has made himself look like a fool in front of millions, he has nevertheless managed to outdo himself in his disgusting attacks on Francis, women, and the sport of hunting.
“What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?” Gervais tweeted last Monday, starting the firestorm.
Gervais’ tweet was accompanied by a photograph of Francis, lying next to a dead giraffe. The juxtaposition was enough to send his followers into a frenzy. The image made its way around the internet, inspiring a legion of unhinged liberals to launch sickening threats at Francis, who is the co-host of Eye of the Hunter and the winner of reality TV show Extreme Huntress. She finally responded with a statement to the Independent, where she defended herself and the sport she loves.
“I am proud to call myself a hunter,” she wrote. “I am proud to be a woman in the hunting industry. I am proud to be a mother. I will never apologize for these things.”
Gervais snapped back, tweeting, “We need to stamp out this terrible sexism in the noble sport of trophy hunting. The men & the women that do it are EQUALLY vile & worthless.”
Vile and worthless? What gives him the right to make such a judgment about so many people?
Of course, the left’s insane attitude towards hunting goes back a long time. But it doesn’t go back as far as the history of hunting itself, which is a fact that seems well outside the grasp of the reactionary aww, that poor beast crowd that jumps at any chance to castigate the sport.
One would think that, of all people, Ricky Gervais would be able to see this. He is, after all, one of the most outspoken atheist celebrities on the planet, never missing a chance to poke fun at anyone dumb enough to believe in a Creator. So he is, presumably, aware that in the grand scheme of things, it has only been about a half-second since humans were only able to survive by chasing down game with whatever tools we had. And he must be aware that, in the 200,000 years that humans have wandered the planet, the hunting aspect of our nature was vastly less worthless than our ability to make each other laugh. If Gervais’ ancestors had been more concerned with comedy than buffalo, there would be no Ricky Gervais today.
Hunting is in our blood. Is it any wonder that there are still those walking around today that can’t find that satisfaction in TV shows, video games, cell phones, business deals, or even organized sports? Hunting is a connection back to our collective history. To shame it is to shame the entirety of what makes us human. We didn’t rise to the top of the food chain by telling snarky jokes about movie stars. And hunters don’t deserve to be mocked and scorned by people who couldn’t survive three days without a nearby grocery store.
The world has changed a lot since the days of the hunter/gatherer, and we must concede that most of the changes have been for the better. But if it has changed so much that we celebrate the tribe clown over the brave hunter, then perhaps we have strayed a little too far from the fundamentals.