• Ricky Gervais vs Rebecca Francis: Comedian calls out hunter for posing next to giraffe she killed

    Comedian Ricky Gervais is hilarious on television, in films and on stage. But when it comes to social media, he has found a greater use for online tools like Facebook and Twitter: to bring awareness to the mistreatment of wild animals.

    On April 13, the Derek creator and star star re-tweeted a pic of a Utah based game hunter, Rebecca Francis, lying next to a giraffe she killed on a hunting trip in Africa five years ago.

    The status update has since been tweeted over 22,000 times and has received responses of both support for Gervais and condemnation of Francis’ actions — including death threats.






    Francis, winner of the reality TV series Extreme Huntress, put the picture into context via a statement issued by HuntingLife.com’s Facebook page:

    When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone… He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival…I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second.

    Also, in a recent interview with HuntingLife, Francis said that the death threats she receives only “strengthen her resolve” and blasted advocates like Gervais for going after women hunters in the media. “I believe that the anti-hunters specifically attack women because they view women as an easier target,” she said. “That simply is not true. We as women will do whatever it takes to protect our right to hunt. We won’t back down. We are not weak.”

    Gervais, however, followed up his Francis tweet with an affirming message for his followers:

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    Nicholas C. Martinez

    Nicholas C Martinez is a New York-based screenwriter, journalist and voice actor. His goal: to write a great Green Lantern movie. Follow him on Twitter @mongonyc. If you have a story idea or just want to send him a comment, shoot him an email.

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