In Defense of the Crocodile Hunter

If there were an international prize for mean-spiritedness, Germaine Greer would be on the podium this week delivering her acceptance speech. Steve Irwin's body was barely out of the water before the UK's Guardian newspaper published the expatriate Australian's opinion that the animal world "has finally taken its revenge" on the Crocodile Hunter.

Greer makes her point with a sustained, supercilious sneer that gracelessly combines ignorance with exhibitionist pseudo-erudition. "The film-makers maintain that the ray that "took Irwin out" — nice touch, that, took him out, like a hit man hired by vengeful...

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