British comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted a photo of Rebecca Francis (aka Extreme Huntress) posed lying down next to a giraffe she hunted successfully. Breitbart London reports that Gervais happened upon the photo and tweeted it saying:
“What must have happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal; then lie next to it smiling?”
Gervais’ tweet soon went viral with hundreds of thousands of people angrily condemning the photo to the point where Francis received not only awful remarks on her Facebook page hoping she would get killed but actual death threats too. On one post Rebecca Francis posted on Facebook earned one remark from a commentator saying:
“Can I come? But the only bullet I’ll be using is the one I put in your head.”
Rebecca Francis married at 22 years old and had eight children. She and her husband are avid hunters who successfully hunted elk and deer along other animals such as with caribou, bears, and moose. When hunting elk and deer Mrs. Francis states she did it even while pregnant and nursing babies, respectfully, and even won the Extreme Huntress TV competition in 2010. She remarks about her hunting experiences: For me, there is nothing more empowering than sharing that special moment of success with another female who is chasing her dreams.
Mrs. Francis is one of a few female hunters who have decided to be open and proudly demonstrate their successful hunting accomplishments. I have commented extensively about Michaela Fialova and how, like Rebecca Francis, is passionate about hunting. If Rebecca Francis had been male I am sure the outrage would not have been as vitriolic. However, Because people like Rebecca Francis and Michaela Fialova decided to assert themselves it has driven animal rights supporters and opponents of hunting nuts because proud displays of successful kills resulting from hunting takes away the ability of groups like PeTA to control the narrative.