Thursday, April 18, 2024

Is Dead Animal Adventurer Steve Irwin’s 12 Year OId Son Being Exploited on TV Shows? (Yes)


Thursday night’s Tonight show was a repeat of an episode I guess I missed from last February. It featured Robert Irwin, the 12 year old son of the late adventurer Steve Irwin, handling dangerous animals.

Of course, Steve Irwin was killed in 2006 at age 44 by stingray. It bit him in the chest.

Just prior to Irwin’s death, he exposed the then 1 year old Robert to mortal danger when he dangled him in front of a crocodile.

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Apparently Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin, has been doing this with both her kids since Steve’s death. She obviously can’t let go of being famous in Australia, so she’s using the kids. Maybe one of them will be eaten–sounds like good publicity. As far as this 12 year old goes, I don’t want to see him on an American TV show again until he’s of age– 21– and American TV producers should not book him. It’s exploitation.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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