An African magazine Twitter account re-posted a year old photo of Tess Thompson Talley, a female big game hunter from Kentucky, standing over her black giraffe kill in Africa. The photo is actually from a year ago, posted by Talley herself, who takes pride in her Sub-Saharan kills, lions, tigers, and bears, oh my. Also a black giraffe, which is apparently just an old giraffe as they turn darker in color as they become senior-aged giraffes. Didn’t learn that in the Lion King.
The outlet, called the Africa Digest, posted the photo of Talley from last summer, along with the quote:
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share.
Assume English is not their first language. Though that’s not necessarily true. But suffice it to say, Debra Messing and other outraged celebrities and non-celebrities had another shot on the same photo to lambaste Talley as a sub-human murderess of the highest order. Which means murdering people is not as high. Still, killing Disney creatures and taking selfies with their dead bodies is obviously going to spark outrage and Talley clearly knows this.
Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. With joy in her black heart and a beaming smile she lies next to the dead carcass of… https://t.co/gG9CWX4oXl
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 27, 2018
It seems fairly clear that Talley broke no local game hunting laws in South Africa where she tracked and shot the Toys ‘R Us spokes-mascot to death. She issued a whole bunch of excuses at the time about how she’s helping to cull the herd, how old giraffes like this one hurt population growth among the species, and yadda yadda yadda. I use that technical term only because 90% of people will hate her and 10% of people will admire her hunting prowess regardless of her rationale. The killing of lions and giraffes tends to have zero “Undecided” votes in polls.
The correct answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. In that, culling a herd clearly makes it stronger. At the same time, the visceral response to these kinds of photos is fairly natural. Talley claims she extracted 200 pounds of usable giraffe meat from the carcass, which is the hunter’s bottomline promise that this is not for sport. Still, you wonder who wants to eat elderly giraffe meat. Starving people maybe. Probably not Talley.