The tit for tat between British comedian Ricky Gervais and his American hunting nemesis Rebecca Francis continued over the weekend.
The latest shots came from Gervais, who sarcastically dismissed claims that his recent criticism of Francis was influenced by her gender.
"I kill lions, giraffes & bears with guns & bows and arrows then pose grinning. Why don't people like me? Must be because they're sexist"
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 17, 2015
Over the next 48 hours, on his very active Twitter and Facebook accounts, Gervais relentlessly admonished Francis and other big-game hunters.
“These psycho trophy hunters always have stuff about their family being everything to them on their profiles,” Gervais wrote. “Elephants love their family too.”
“The trophies I’m proudest of are the memories of all those times I didn’t kill a beautiful, majestic, endangered species for no reason,” he tweeted several hours later.
We need to stamp out this terrible sexism in the noble sport of trophy hunting. The men & women that do it are EQUALLY vile & worthless.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 18, 2015
You know that feeling of joy someone gets when they put an arrow through a giraffe's eye…..No, me neither. pic.twitter.com/dnpjmkIIjf
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 20, 2015
The feud began last week, when Gervais — an outspoken animal-rights advocate with massive social-media reach (more than 10 million followers on Facebook and Twitter combined) — shared a photo of Francis laying beside a dead giraffe.
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
“What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal and then lie next to it smiling?” Gervais wondered on Facebook.
The prolific Utah hunter responded to Gervais and the recent round of criticism with another statement early Friday morning, telling HuntingLife.com that “whether hunting is right or wrong is no longer the issue at hand. Ricky Gervais has used his power and influence to specifically target women in the hunting industry and has sparked thousands of people to call for my death, the death of my family and many other women who hunt.”
She added: “I am proud to call myself a hunter. I am proud to be a woman in the hunting industry. I am proud to be a mother. I will never apologize for these things. Hunting is a way of life I have known since birth, and I have experienced first hand all of the good that comes from it.”