Ricky Gervais Just Stuck It To Trophy Hunter Rebecca Francis
Posted by GreaterGoodness
Ricky Gervais just became every endangered animal’s best friend. On April 11, he took to Twitter to question the controversial “trophy hunting” photos that have been buzzing around social media.
It started with this photo of Rebecca Francis, which went viral after he tweeted it on April 13:
What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling? pic.twitter.com/DyYw1T5ck2 — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 13, 2015
Francis, who is a winner of the reality show Extreme Huntress and has a brag sheet of extreme wildlife kills, took to social media to defend her actions. According to HuntingLife.com’s Facebook page, Francis’s giraffe was “old and close to death,” and his meat was given to the locals, who gladly used it for food. Gervais responded with this tongue-in-cheek remark:
This Tofu & Rice was old and sad and wanted me to kill it. Now I will eat it. pic.twitter.com/5vsstpUZaL — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 16, 2015
Named PETA’s Person Of The Year in 2013, Gervais is an outspoken supporter of animal rights. “Animals don’t have a voice. But I do. A loud one. I’m a f***king big mouth. My voice is for them. And I’ll never shut up while they suffer,” he posted on Facebook in 2014.
Animal rights activists have shown enthusiastic support for the actor’s remarks, but Francis’s fans haven’t been quiet either. On April 21, Gervais’s original tweet had been retweeted more than 45,000 times.