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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Real World is Real - Would Steve Irwin Want His Death Video to be Leaked? 

Yes, we like the natural world. It's so nice and cuddly and cute. Look at the little bunny rabbit, hopping up and down the bunny trail. Yes, nature is wonderful. Look at the little birdie flying in the sky. Isn't it sweet? And look at the fishies in the water, and how beautiful they are, and look at that stingray WHICH JUST STUNG STEVE IRWIN AND KILLED HIM INSTANTLY.

It was caught on video:

DRAMATIC footage of his last moments alive shows Steve Irwin ripping a stingray's barb out of his chest just before he lost consciousness and died.

If Contact Music UK is right, Irwin himself would want to disabuse us of the notion that the natural world is a harmless playground. From National Ledger:

His manager John Stainton said the film made for painful watching.

He said at a press conference today: "It shows that Steve came over the top of the ray and the tail came up, and spiked him here in the chest. He pulled it out and the next minute he's gone...."

The first e-mail question The National Ledger received after we published the fact that there was a video of the actual sting to the heart was "How long until this is plastered all over the web?"

I hope never - but the answer may not be what you think.

A report from Contact Music UK claims Irwin's family are determined to respect his last wishes and allow the harrowing footage to be broadcast....

CMUK reports that Irwin once insisted, "My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it's shaky or slightly out of focus, I don't give a rip. "Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, 'Crikey!' just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me."

An insider tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "This is exactly what Steve would have wanted. He knew the dangers and was totally up for the cameras to get everything."

If that was indeed his wish and if it is broadcast, I hope it is with the family's blessing on a TV show. I certainly hope it does not leak to the web first.

Well, as of noon today it hasn't leaked yet:

No Videos found for 'steve irwin stingray'

Meanwhile, Sporting News notes:

We are all children waiting for someone to knock on the door and ask us to come out and play. Steve Irwin knocked on doors.

What Irwin did was bring the animal world to us all in vivid detail. Not content on bringing the outdoors to the masses in the same sterile way we were accustomed to seeing it; Irwin gave us the outdoors in all of its glory, in all of its beauty, and all of its danger.

From the Ontario Empoblog (Latest OVVA news here)

I saw John Stainton on Larry King last night saying the same thing. I really hope it never makes it into the public realm. Yes, Irwin wanted us to understand the realities of nature. And yes, he was a great showman. But we're talking about the death of a human being here.

The good news for all the salivating sensationalists out there is that we finally have photos of Suri!
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And a man with an Australian accent yelling, "Crikey! A girl with aliens in her body! Keep the psychiatrists away!"
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