Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll no doubt be aware of the Cecil the Lion story. If you don’t know what’s been happening, allow us to fill you in.
Dr Walter J Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota – USA, recently paid £35,000 to hunt and kill a lion. And while that, by itself, is deplorable behaviour. The matter was made worse by the fact that the animal, in question, turned out to be Zimbabwe’s most famous lion.
“Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ll no doubt be aware of the Cecil the Lion story.”
As you’d expect, in an age of widespread social media use, the internet reacted in full force; cooking up a whirlwind of hate and anger. Famous faces including Ricky Gervais, cricket player Kevin Pietersen, and supermodel Cara Delevigne are just some of the well-known names to have weighed in with an opinion.
The topic has been trending on Twitter under #RipCecilTheLion, #RipCecil, #CecilTheLion, and #WalterPalmer.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 28, 2015
If it wasn’t for the occasional retweet of a David Brent quote, in between all the animal rights stuff, we might forget Ricky Gervais is responsible for the greatest comedy character in history.
We’ve seen enough Game Of Thrones to know that a Lord is well within his right to do whatever the hell he wants. On that basis, Dr Palmer should be extremely concerned about his groin-vegetables.
Kevin Pietersen, a maverick on and off the field, just hit the nail on the cricket ball…with his cricket bat.
Supermodel, and eyebrow-goddess, Cara Delevingne has gone straight for the jugular. Pow!
I know I’m a little late but ugh…so mad about #CecilTheLion 😡😫
— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) July 29, 2015
We haven’t seen Jersey Shore but, if we had, we’d say something about it here.
Rufus Hound is a comedian so he was probably joking when he tweeted this. Either that, or he’s just confessed to an animal killing spree and we’re so caught up in our rage over Cecil that we’ve become blinded to anything not directly related to lions…called Cecil.
We had to google who Theo Rossi is. Apparently, he’s on Sons Of Anarchy.
Nicky is a fashion designer, a socialite, and a model. She’s also really pissed off about Cecil.
There’s a lot of this sentiment going around at the moment, and British actor Stephen Mangan has captured it perfectly in 140 characters.
Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedian. She drew attention to the fact that a number of angry people are trolling Dr Palmer’s dental practice with reviews on Yelp.
Sanvjeev Bhaskar made his name on comedy classic ‘Goodness Gracious Me’. When it comes to Cecil The Lion, he isn’t pulling any punches. In other news, some people have been taking revenge by turning the entrance to Dr Palmer’s dental office into a memorial for trophy-hunted animals.
Even God is getting involved…
…oh, and a man called Cecil (with this genuine eye-opener).