A conservationist group’s effort to capitalize on worldwide outrage over the death of a Zimbabwe lion by projecting the images of endangered species onto the Empire State Building Saturday night was meant to build sympathy for its cause.
But it stirred up its own kind of outrage instead.
While show was beautiful by many accounts, critics pointed out the hypocrisy of liberals who weep for the death of animals, while ignoring much more immediate problems for humans — like the butchery of children and sale of their body parts by abortion provide Planned Parenthood made public by the series of undercover videos released by a pro-life group in July.
Giant images of endangered species were projected on the Empire State Building on Saturday http://t.co/HViCTZYkKT pic.twitter.com/FKVS88q5Ba
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 3, 2015
Cecil the lion beamed onto Empire State Building http://t.co/bD8WeMHssN pic.twitter.com/dZUqk4setb
— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 3, 2015
#CecilTheLion projected onto Empire State Building http://t.co/xXaj0MADaH pic.twitter.com/iVplPp9FiJ
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) August 3, 2015
See the @EmpireStateBldg light up with images of endangered species: http://t.co/53Vriipkfh pic.twitter.com/GGchZSQO4P
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) August 3, 2015
#CecilTheLion honored in @EmpireStateBldg light show: http://t.co/9VwgQakHtR pic.twitter.com/0Sk3jQltBB
— CNN International (@cnni) August 3, 2015
Endangered animals light up Empire State Building http://t.co/lu7VSeDr9C #animals #lightshow pic.twitter.com/3vtggrFJIT
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) August 3, 2015
#CecilTheLion was one of the endangered animals honored by a Empire State Building light show: http://t.co/LXRGBnX5Kd pic.twitter.com/RlZYHetSO8
— CNN International (@cnni) August 3, 2015
Empire State Building displays images of endangered species http://t.co/IEfjIcvBx8 pic.twitter.com/pTF9zvw1C8
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 2, 2015
The Empire State Building projected images of endangered species to raise awareness. [via/@maximusupinNYc] pic.twitter.com/UPGTFD3Hqe
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 2, 2015
Photo gallery: images of endangered animals light up the Empire State Building – http://t.co/1ipeC6FigM pic.twitter.com/6h5Y6ntinq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 2, 2015
Cecil the lion and other endangered species projected on the the Empire State Building http://t.co/D9SJvDLca7 pic.twitter.com/viyeLmcFTX
— Mashable (@mashable) August 2, 2015
ILLUMINATING THE PLIGHT OF ENDANGERED SPECIES AT THE #EMPIRESTATEBUILDING WITH #CECILTHELION! http://t.co/5YfZuyTMMD pic.twitter.com/z2R5uaQ5v8
— Eta Centauri (η Cen) (@ECentauri) August 2, 2015
Share your shots of the #EmpireStateBuilding by using #RacingExtinction! pic.twitter.com/8yJybvW80N
— Discovery (@Discovery) August 2, 2015
Photos of endangered animals shine on Empire State Building – http://t.co/fTyNnQfU37 http://t.co/G6Np4ytSSr pic.twitter.com/5BnUvyzXDG
— People News (@peopleNewz) August 2, 2015
Giant images of endangered species will be projected on the Empire State Building tonight http://t.co/umsrxWpiXN pic.twitter.com/EJ6lVgsrC8
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 1, 2015
.@EmpireStateBldg to be illuminated w/ special video of threatened animals http://t.co/jxN6Ya44Zp #RacingExtinction pic.twitter.com/TREaksDZiU
— MyFoxNY.com (@MyFoxNY) August 1, 2015
Endangered species images projected on Empire State Bldg tonight to raise awareness. Very cool. pic.twitter.com/0DgenH5gRC
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 2, 2015
The images were projected by filmmakers Travis Threlkel and Louie Psihoyos who called the event a “weapon of mass instruction,” according to the New York Times.
“We’re going to try to create something beautiful. Not bum people out.” Threlkel told the Times. “Hopefully, this is one big domino. If we can tip it, it would be great.”
Critics weren’t buying it
@cbfowler SO many MUCH more important things to be worrying about and “raising awareness” about… ? — Craig Spann (@NDAlum7) August 2, 2015
Such as …
@cbfowler Yeah..as to the humans being crushed above & below to preserve organs for harvesting? We got nothin’ for ya! #AmericaIsSick
— Pure Applesauce (@Flyingright1) August 2, 2015
@cbfowler why not play the Planned Parenthood sting videos instead to raise awareness of “fetal tissue” trafficking?
— ProLifeIN (@idideat4414505) August 2, 2015
@cbfowler why are we focusing on dead lions when planned parenthood has been found to be selling aborted baby parts for profit? #priorities
— David Kirk (@DK1RK) August 2, 2015
On Friday, a federal judge in California — one appointed by President Obama and an activist Democrat who raised money as a bundler for the president — issued a restraining order against the pro-life group, the Center for Medical Progress, preventing it temporarily from releasing more videos about Planned Parenthood.
A restraining order on a video documenting human butchery, yet an enxhibit for endangered species at the Empire State Building wins universal applause.
@cbfowler This country’s priorities are ass backwards.
— Michael Heck (@michaeldheck) August 2, 2015
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