DawnWatch: Steve Irwin, dead, slammed by Germaine Greer in UK Guardian — 9/5/06

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

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Date: Sep 5, 2006 8:07 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Steve Irwin, dead, slammed by Germaine Greer in UK Guardian — 9/5/06

Steve Irwin has been killed. The story is in every newspaper and on every newscast. The most interesting article I have seen on the issue is a piece by famous feminist Germaine Greer, published in the Tuesday, September 5, UK Guardian (Pg 6). It is headed, “That sort of self-delusion is what it takes to be a real Aussie larrikin.”

As Greer describes the fatal event, her distaste for Irwin is apparent:

“What seems to have happened on Batt Reef is that Irwin and a cameraman went off in a little dinghy to see what they could find. What they found were stingrays. You can just imagine Irwin yelling: ‘Just look at these beauties! Crikey! With those barbs a stingray can kill a horse!’ (Yes, Steve, but a stingray doesn’t want to kill a horse. It eats crustaceans, for God’s sake.) All Australian children know about stingrays… What you don’t want to do with a stingray is stand on it. The lashing response of the tail is automatic; the barb is coated with a bacterial slime as deadly as rotten oyster toxin….Marine biologist Dr Meredith Peach has been quoted as saying, ‘It’s really quite unusual for divers to be stung unless they are grappling with the animal and, knowing Steve Irwin, perhaps that may have been the case.’ Not much sympathy there then.”

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