In a recent interview with Who magazine — an Australian version of People, and not, unfortunately, a periodical dedicated to the legendary British rock band — Bindi Irwin bitched about details of her father’s brutal death being made public. In March, on a Network Ten (Australia) TV show called Studio 10, a cameraman named Justin Lyons, who witnessed Steve Irwin being dispatched by a stingray, vividly described the so-called “Crocodile Hunter’s” final moments.
Lyons recounted telling Irwin, whom he was filming in waters near the Great Barrier Reef in September 2006, “You swim up from behind the animal and I’ll try to get a shot of it swimming away.”
Right off the bat, Lyons’ Studio 10 interview tells us two things: 1) Irwin had about as much sense as that moron from Jackass, and 2) there’s footage of Irwin being killed.
Note to Mr. Lyons: Send me that footage ASAP.
Lyons told Studio 10, “All of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail. Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds,” and, “I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away … It wasn’t until I panned the camera back and Steve was standing in a huge pool of blood that I realised something was wrong.”
Well apparently, the public presentation of those tantalizing details pissed Bindi off.
Of Lyons’ Studio 10 interview, Bindi told Who, “It’s really hurtful, and for as long as I live I’ll never listen to it … It’s wrong as a family for us to hear about it.”
Right. Bindi and her family don’t want to hear about pain and suffering. They choose not to look at horrible scenes — which, not surprisingly, is exactly how they’re able to cozy up to the world’s most scrutinized marine prison.
Until Bindi stops being “an apologist for the wildlife-slave industry,” to borrow my own words, she ought to pipe down. She doesn’t have to read or listen to what Lyons has to say, nor does she have to watch footage of a stingray killing her father.
But just because she doesn’t want to watch the footage doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to.