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Steve Irwin R.I.P. by sighthound on 20 September 2006 7:52am
Just got through watching, through laughter and tears, the Crocodile Hunter's televised memorial. It probably will be one of the most watched funerals in history.

The great good news is that it was obvious that Bindi has all of her father's charisma and we can depend on his good work being continued for another generation.

R.I.P. Steve
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by suzulu on 20 September 2006 12:15pm
I didn't see it but heard his daughter on the radio this morning.

Rest in Peace, Steve.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by Blasi on 20 September 2006 12:43pm
Assuming that she wishes to carry on the tradition. It'd be lovely, of course, but I hope she's not forced into it.

A great send off for Steve, by the way.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by peripatetically on 20 September 2006 1:22pm
Does anyone know if that will be re-broadcast? I was sound asleep at that hour.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by Blairhoyle on 20 September 2006 2:13pm
must thank Steve for making the early morning rises to be a little more interesting as I watched his documentrys on Discovery.

learned a lot also.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by bandgeek512 on 20 September 2006 8:25pm
I used to watch him all the time when I was little. I was homeschooled, so I got all my work done early so I could watch him.

Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by kazzzz on 21 September 2006 1:33pm
I watched some of it and turned it off. How his family could be put through what was basically a second funeral is beyond me. The whole thing reeked of a publicity stunt to me...his manager who I believe organized the whole thing has been constantly in the media talking about how it has affected him (not Steve's family) and has been practically begging the media to ask him questions (about himself).The guy comparing the opening section turned his opening speech into an advertisement for his musical group. Dreadful. Bindi's speech was read robotically. Steve's wife sat looking stunned and traumatised. The whole thing was disgrace, especially the insincere drivel that leeked from our Prime Minister's mouth.

Rest in Peace, and leave his family in peace too.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by Helen on 21 September 2006 3:42pm
i saw it, courtesy of a link...

Justin Timberlake? Kelly Ripa? Cameron Diaz? Why all the celeb "endorsements"? They hardly knew him. That was in poor taste, I thought.

Russell Crowe, who was an actual friend of Steve's, had a touching tribute. But really, it should have stopped there, IMO. Justin Flippin Timberlake? He said he only spent one day at the zoo. BFD.

Poor Terri--I agree, Kazzz--she looked traumatized. Bindi read a beautiful tribute--she must have been so nervous.

The last "journey" of Steve's truck, the appearance of the elephants and the laying of the wreaths by the zoo staff was touching. They could have done without all the celeb/media hype, I agree.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by sighthound on 21 September 2006 11:30pm
Interesting how one event can elicit such diverse emotional responses....

I must admit that Timberlake and Ripa were a jarring note for me, too (but both of them are always a jarring note for me in whatever venue.)

The Irwins are a showbiz family. What I admire about them is that they used that showbiz charisma to do a lot of good rather than to just bask in the ego-glow.

I didn't feel at all that Terri and the rest of the family were not exactly where they wanted to be. They had always shared Steve with the world and they invited the world to say goodbye to him along with them. Of course, there were emotions but I cried right along with them.

And Bindi - yes, she read her tribute but how could you expect more from a child her age? If she had memorized and orated it, it would have been totally false. I've worked with a lot of showbiz kids and it is extremely easy to instantly discern which are being pushed into it by their parents and which will have a showbiz career regardless. Bindi is a born performer. She may not take up her parents' environmental concerns but she will be out there performing.
Re: Steve Irwin R.I.P. by kazzzz on 22 September 2006 3:31am
I do see your point yes, but performing because of the death of her father? Poor kid. Let her BE a kid for once.
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