Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ooooooooh him!!

Is it just me, or was Steve Irwin just some bloke you automatcally switched off when he appeared.

I've been fascinated by the news coverage of his death by Stingray barb. I genuinely hadn't realised he was anywhere near as big a star as he appears to be. However, in the past day, I've listened to Five Live's headline news. I've read John Howard's hushed eulogy. Marvelled at a statement from Africa's most successful croc. hunter Khalid Hassen:

''I know that he led a dangerous life, but it just doesn't seem right that a fish should kill him... It is an unfitting death for him'' Eh?????

Apparently if the family wish, Australia will bestow a state funeral upon him. Crikey. If I was his family I'd tell everyone to piss off and let them handle their grief privately. I guess his death during filming is something they must have grudgingly come to expect, but grief, is grief, is grief. Putting that up for public consumption would be a cheap end, if it isn't already cheap enough.


Six Years Late said...

I wonder how long it'll take for the footage to get leaked?

Paul said...

I know he did a lot for the environment but I couldn't help thinking of Monty Pythons "Being eaten alive by a crocodile contest" whenever he was on.

The tag line was "Today's contestant is tomorrow's crocodile shit!"

Six Years Late said...

Don't get me wrong it's a tragic story, but will David Attenborough or any of the myriad of African park keepers get this sort of send off. It's just odd.

Span Ows said...

There's some jokes already...one on the MB...Although Steve's favourite kid's TV show was Thunderbirds he still had a place in his heart for Stingray.

(I'll get my coat)

Six Years Late said...

I like your new Avatar. What is it. Don't tell me 'Ow's orgasm'