This was in the news.I can't believe he would say what he did at this time. FRITZ REISS/AP Photo Cousteau: Irwin's Tactics 'Misleading'
LOS ANGELES - Marine explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau said Tuesday that while he mourns the recent death of "The Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin, he disagrees with Irwin's hands-on approach to nature television. While promoting his new two-part TV special, "Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures - America's Underwater Treasures," Cousteau called Irwin's death "very, very unfortunate."
He had "a lot of respect" for Irwin, who he didn't know personally, and his "environmental message," Cousteau said.
But, he added, Irwin would "interfere with nature, jump on animals, grab them, hold them, and have this very, very spectacular, dramatic way of presenting things. Of course, it goes very well on television. It sells, it appeals to a lot people, but I think it's very misleading. You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years - a lot many more years that he's been alive - and I don't mess with nature."
Irwin died Sept. 4 when a stingray's barb pieced his chest while he was filming an underwater sequence at the Great Barrier Reef. Irwin was 44.
I don't really find what he said disrespectful. Its the truth. You don't mess with wild animals.
I'm not going to say what I think about Irwin because he's dead and that would be disrespectful. He obviously loved the animals and what he did. But you can't mess with nature and expect not to get hurt or killed.
I do not think his comments were respectful. not were they done with Tact. the man has a wfe and 2 kids left behind. Joques comments offered no respect to them. I think if that was lesson taught us all, not to touch wildlife. We learned it without joques helpl.
NoDogYet give gunny a break. I have read a few of his posts and he is not big on spelling. FYI Jacques-Yves Cousteau died in 1997. The quote was from Jean-Michel Cousteau. He is the son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
I quess I believe in the hands on approach to nature when appropriate! This Idea of don't touch nature is just another version of the PC mentality! If you believe in that then you better not step on an ant or squish a spider! Give me a break!
Kids and even many adults turn away form nature shows because they find them dull and boooring. The only way to get people like that to care is to get there attention. Viewers do not know of the countless hours spent quietly walking through some strange place. Those hours are clipped out to make action TV. With his popularity came some critics and some admirers. The critics were not put in the spotlight and the admirers sent money. With that money Steve saught to make more places that animals could be safe. And now he is gone, but i am sure someone will step up to fill the void in the viewing lineup and the money will trickel in. Want to raise money -- act like Steve want to educate already intrested students -- Follow the Cousteau's.
If you are concerned about respect for the dead, perhaps you can try to spell names correctly, or not misattribute quotes.
unlike Mr. Costeau my post was a mistake, an honest mistake. All apologies to the Costeaus. Now that we have remedied my error, which was an error. We can return to the subject. Back to a comment that was said with no error, no mistake. You do not find his comment was made without tact? You think his comment was made with due respect? Do think his daughter appreciated it? Maybe his wife? I do not even know either of them and I found it to be rude?
See the difference.
NoDogsYet...Your last 2 posts have been with intent on shifting blame or changing the entire subject. Lets try to get the ADD under control, and stay on the subject.
***Edited By: gunny on 9/20/2006 6:21:11 PM*** Reason: d
I just didn't like his remark.(And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years - a lot many more years that he's been alive - and I don't mess with nature." ) Irwin knew he was always at risk,but used a hands on approach to educate,not tamper. He was always saying he could do those things because of his years of experience. Anyone can stand back and watch the world from a distance,but Irwin to the risk to really get up and learn and teach. I have really learned more from Irwin than any documentary. I don't think Irwin did his show for any other reasons than for the education and wefare of animals.He did so much infront and behind the camera.
I stopped paying attention to Steve Irwin a long time ago -- I couldn't stomach his on-camera style which seemed to emphasize STEVE IRWIN more than anything else. But I know that his style worked for millions of people, and they appreciated him very much.
I'm sorry for his loss. I'm sorry that other posters here find the Cousteau remarks hurtful. But I did not find the original ariticle rude or tasteless.
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 9/20/2006 7:13:35 PM*** Reason: fix
We have to remember that Irwin CHOSE to live dangerously. People talk about him as if he didn't have a mind of his own to think for himself. It's what he loved to do. So what....he got right in there with the wild, good for him, not too many people would have the guts to do that. If no body ever went out into the wild to film wild life for humanity then we'd have absolutely no idea what the heck a crocodile, gorilla, zebra..and so forth would look like to this day or even what they're about. So documentary wild life shows on the discovery channel are taking a risk too and no body ever complains about that?
The point is, he loved to do it and he enjoyed it. Ever think that maybe it was his time to go? I mean a stingray...what are the odds. You rarely hear anything bad about people getting hurt by them. Maybe it was God's way of saying "okay dude, you're done, good work!" I bet he doesn't regret any minute of it either.