Although she doesn’t look like it,Â Rebecca Francis is a grandmother of nine who has made quite a name for herself when it comes to big game hunting. Â In 2010 she won the reality show “big game huntress”, but most of her fame has been rather low key, until now that is.
Francis started a firestorm of controversy when she tweeted a picture of herself smiling next to a dead giraffe that she killed. Â Hollywood liberal comedian, Ricky Gervais saw the tweet and became outraged. He re-tweeted the photo with the message,
“Â What must’ve happened to you in your life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie next to it smiling?”
The tweet started an online charge against Francis, and has been sharedÂ over 19,000 times.
Francis then found herself at the centre of a social media storm, as 14,543 people retweeted it – with some even tweeting they hoped she dies ‘a lonely, painful death’.
Jason Arnopp (â€@JasonArnopp) tweeted: ‘It’s a special kind of psychopathy, it really is.’
The Doom â€(@JamesVonDoom) added: ‘Why the **** are they shooting Giraffes? A standing giraffe is probably easier to hit than a “sitting duck”.’
Some tweets even got violent,
Despite the outcry, Francis stands strong, and won’t let anyone get in the way of her passion.
A biography for Francis on Sheepshape – a ‘documentary/reality’ program which follows four hunters trying to overcome a set of personal problems by hunting North American sheep – says: ‘Rebecca loves to share her passion for hunting with her kids and other women.
‘She hopes to help more women get out there and pursue their interest.’
Her own website boasts of becoming the second American woman to get the ‘Grand Slam of North America’ with her bow – which means she has killed all four species native to North America.
Francis said that kneeling down next to each of those majestic animals brought with it unforgettable memories, lifelong friendships and lessons.
She explained how that hunt was a defining moment in her life, because she was forced to overcome challenges she had never before faced.
‘Achieving the full curl with a bow is like reaching the top of that mountain and crossing that finish line, which was my dream that began 18 years ago when I came home from my first rifle sheep hunt,’ she told the Unita County Herald.
Although Francis is proud of her accomplishments, they all take second place to the loved ones in her life.
Â â€œMy greatest achievement is my family,â€ Francis said. â€œI would not be the woman I am today without them and their unconditional love and support, and it has been such a blessing to be surrounded by people who love and believe in me.â€