Aryanna Gourdin, 12, from the town of Cove, Utah, has attracted death threats on Facebook because of her page called “Braids and Bows,” an enthusiastic pro-hunting, pro-big game killing exposition featuring photos of the girl with recent victims and her enthusiastic prose about the joys of the kill.
She’s twelve. Her father (he apparently has sole custody) is the adult hunting fanatic in the family, and he has, as parents often do, passed along his dubious values to his daughter. He either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that while many people object to photos of mature hunters posing with magnificent creatures that have been slaughtered for sport, many more find images of angelic pre-teens beaming while holding the heart of a recently killed giraffe grotesque and sickening…as indeed it is. All manner of internet hate is being focused on Eli Gourdin’s daughter, while he casually allows her to become a target.
Her notoriety and the controversy stirred up by photos like this..
… promotes his employers, Bowtech, an archery products manufacturer. The media, naturally, has assisted his vilification of his daughter by placing lovely Aryanna before the cameras, so she could express beaming pride about her bloody hobby. The pre-teen told “Good Morning America” on August 17 that hunting is “something I cherish and enjoy and I want other people to see what I experienced.”
I know I’ve always wanted to hold a giraffe heart in my hands.
Congratulations, Dad, your baby girl is now infamous! I wouldn’t take those death threats lightly either: animal rights fanatics can be crazy. Thank’s to Eli’s encouragement and parental negligence, Aryanna is hated by millions before she’s even begun her life. Her father is completely responsible for that. She should not be permitted to have a provocative Facebook page that smugly glorifies killing and appears to taunt animal advocates. She should not be allowed to give interviews that make her seem like a ghoul-in-training. Someone needs to teach her that intentionally confronting people with images that they find profoundly disturbing and hurtful is not an ethical way to go through life. Somebody needs to explain that one should have respect for others, and their heartfelt beliefs and that there is no good reason to send photos like the ones on her Facebook page out to the world, where they will inflame passion and anger.
Someone should also teach her to have respect for life, but Dad is obviously not the one to do that. I am not certain that raising a young woman to feel happy about holding a still twitching giraffe heart in her hands is….wise. Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of “Criminal Minds,” but it sure seems like a good way to deaden a child’s aversion to violence. If she doesn’t grow up to be a serial killer, there is a very good chance that she will grow up to be like Sabrina Corgatelli, a repulsive fick whom I profiled here. There’s a resemblance already, don’t you think?
I could be wrong. I sure wouldn’t make my kid the subject of an experiment to find out.
I’m not wrong about this, however. Those repulsed by Aryanna’s bloodlust should focus their protests on her father, not her. She’s still a child. This isn’t her fault.
Pointer and Source: Res Ipsa Loquitur