Germaine Greer - be quiet for once and let Steve's family and Australia mourn in peace sign now

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Steve Irwin had embarrassed millions of Australians, outspoken expatriate Australian academic Germaine Greer has said.

And those who had mourned him with their tributes at the Irwin family's Australia Zoo in what the British had labelled "a Princess Diana moment" were "idiots", she said.

Mr Irwin, 44, died on Monday when he was stabbed in the chest by a stingray barb while snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef in far north Queensland.

British-based Ms Greer wrote in The Guardian newspaper on Tuesday, following Mr Irwin's sudden death that the animal world had taken revenge on "self-deluded animal tormentor Steve Irwin".

On Wednesday, she went a step further.

She told A Current Affair in an interview with presenter Karl Stefanovic she did not understand Australians' sense of loss for Mr Irwin, who had exploited animals by telling the world how dangerous they were and then treating them with disrespect.

"I find the whole Steve Irwin phenomenon (embarrassing) and I'm not the only person who did," Ms Greer said.

But when pushed, she was unable to name anyone who had publicly agreed with her.

Ms Greer said she was tired of being told Australia was full of "wicked, nasty, powerful, deadly creatures".

"Why does Australia set itself up to be made into this hell-hole," she said.

"I'm sick and tired of it it's absolutely unfair."

She also rejected claims her sentiments were "unAustralian".

"I don't care what I'm being called," Ms Greer said.

"I just hope I'm out of touch with what idiots are thinking."

Asked if Australians were idiots, she said: "I don't believe Australians are as dim or as easily led as you may perceive."

"As far as I can see, quite a few Australians have been embarrassed by Steve Irwin lots millions possibly," she said.

"Why are the English calling it 'Australia's Princess Diana moment'.

"Aren't you embarrassed about that, at least?"

Ms Greer said Mr Irwin had not treated animals with the respect they deserved.

"He would tell you how dangerous they were and he would proceed to intrude on their space and humiliate really - treat them with massive insensitivity," she said.

"It's no surprise he came to grief."

Ms Greer said the stingray's reaction in flicking its barb upwards had been "completely mechanical".

She likened Mr Irwin to a lion tamer.

"He was making entertainment out of animals, except he used crocodiles instead of lions."

Ms Greer said she hoped the death of Mr Irwin would be the end of "that kind" of nature program.

AAP 2006


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  • 27 December 2015200. Johnny B
    Germaine, go *Beep* yourself
  • 22 November 2015199. Larissa P
    You heartless person didnt have the guts to say it when he was alive he has been a Legend for this Country and what are you to us NOTHING! well a disgrace to Australia is ALL you are! hope you never come back to Australia and if you do you wont be wanted.
  • 22 November 2015198. Katie Osborn
    He was always respectful to animals!!! RIP Steve...
  • 13 November 2015197. Sam W
    I support this petition
  • 05 November 2015196. Maylynn Craig
    Yeah, greer, how about you keep your f$\%*ing mouth shut!! Just because Steve is loved and you aren't doesn't mean you have to say those hurtful things, especially on somebody's death!!! How about you actually get a life for once, and a real career. But w
  • 25 September 2015195. Chantel Reeves
    More than Australia is mourning
  • 23 August 2015194. Tom Moreno
    Shut your mouth, you waste of flesh.
  • 17 August 2015193. Brandy E
    you should mind you own business. steve was a good person and help eveyone with everything he could. so sit down, shut up and mind your own business!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 25 July 2015192. Jenifer Ritter
    Greer is a dispicable excuse for a human being.
  • 16 July 2015191. Suhardy Sullivan
    Please respect the dead
  • 10 July 2015190. Dan Riley
    wow, shut up
  • 08 July 2015189. Lizzie Zhang
    She doesn't know what she's talking about!
  • 29 May 2015188. Lee C
    Germaine Greer to bad mouth Steve's intentions with animals is the most ludicous thing I have ever heard, he has done more for the education and protection of wildlife than anyone I can think of, I don't know where see can find the time to say all these t
  • 23 May 2015187. Chloe Stevenson
    I support this petition
  • 02 May 2015186. Richard F
    Have some respect for a mourning family you heartless witch!
  • 27 April 2015185. Jessica Ml
    R.I.P Steve, we will fight for your good name, not that you need the help! Love ya Mate!
  • 08 April 2015184. Martin Brewer
    we need more people like the irwins
  • 07 April 2015183. Cara M
    She has no true respect for life or anyone but herself
  • 27 February 2015182. Dave C
    what a sick thing to say, and a pathetic excuse of a human being.
  • 17 January 2015181. Jake H
    Greer should burn in hell.
  • 17 December 2014180. Tina Stark
    I am sadden at how some people can disrespect someone that has lost his life and to think that his family has to here people saying hurtful things, it's just not respectful in anyway. I mourn for Steve and his whole entire family for the lost of this good
  • 06 December 2014179. Danielle P
    Ms Greer, you are out of touch, out of line, and out of your mind. Keep your pathetic and moronic thoughts to yourself. Surely you can find a better way to do a publicity grab, than to speak ill of the dead??? You loser.
  • 05 December 2014178. Becky Bruce
    R.I.P - Steve Irwin you will be missed
  • 29 November 2014177. Tammy B
    Loved ya Steve!!!
  • 11 September 2014176. Stephanie N
    It is such a shame such an intellectual woman could be so stupid as to make these remarks
  • 27 August 2014175. Terry Joseph
    I support this petition
  • 14 August 2014174. Barrett L
    You should shut up because there are probably about a million people who would prefer that you were dead instead of a great man like Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin was a one of a kind man, you're just a jerk. There are millions of jerks in the world so if you d

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