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WATCH: Sean Parnell ‘dinosaurs’ clip causes hilarity amid custody dispute

Bruno Cooke November 10, 2021
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A clip of would-be Pennsylvania senator Sean Parnell, who has received endorsement from former president Donald Trump, has resurfaced in the wake of an increasingly public custodial dispute between him and his estranged wife Laurie Snell. In the 45-second video, which splices together sections of a longer Fox Nation interview, Sean Parnell makes a point about women, men and dinosaurs.

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During an appearance on Fox Nation on September 17, 2019, would-be senator Sean Parnell aired some of his thoughts on modern feminism and what he called “duck-billed selfies”.

“I feel like the whole ‘happy wife, happy life’ nonsense has done nothing but raise one generation of woman tyrants after the next,” he opined.

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“Maybe it’s just [that], now, there’s an entire generation of men that don’t want to put up with the BS of a high-maintenance, narcissistic woman.”

He particularly dislikes “duck-billed selfies”. This is a reference to the phenomenon known as “duck face” or “duck lips”, whereby people press their lips together to pose for photographic selfies.

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Oxford Dictionaries Online added “duck face” to its list of current and modern English words in 2014.

What did Sean Parnell say about dinosaurs?

But the most memorable part of the clip comes at the end. Parnell makes what some people have assumed is a faux-pas. He makes a comment about traditional gender roles, namely the role of men in defending women from, yes, dinosaurs.

“From an evolutionary standpoint,” Parnell says, “it used to be, you know, women were attracted to your strength because you could defend them from dinosaurs.”

The two Fox presenters to whom Parnell is speaking reply: “Yes”. Watch the clip below, or the full segment on PGH City Paper.

Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago, at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Pinpointing the “first human” is a bit of a chicken-and-egg question. However, the splitting age between human and chimpanzee lineages is placed 8-4 million years ago

Sean Parnell doesn’t actually believe that men once defended women from dinosaurs; dinosaurs was likely a placeholder for “predator” or “competitor species”. 

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a man hiding behind a tree in a forest with a dinosaur looking for him in the background

Indeed Parnell, addressing what he described as a “hit piece” by a “left-wing blogger” about his interview segment, stated explicitly that he does not believe that men used to defend women from dinosaurs.

Twitter reacts to Parnell’s ‘dinosaur’ line

Since the clip resurfaced, multiple Twitter users have poked fun at the senate candidate for saying men used to defend women from dinosaurs – even if he didn’t mean it literally.

Some responded to Sean’s comments more broadly – some in earnest, some more with their tongues in their cheeks.

Sean Parnell is running for election to the US senate to represent Pennsylvania. He announced his candidacy in May this year.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or