Richard Curtis’s eco-fascist snuff movie
was a disaster for the green movement, I think we can all agree.
Well, not quite all of us to judge by one or two bizarre comments and newspaper responses I’ve seen today. Let’s just dispense with a few of them.
1. It was an internet “hit.”
Yes, it surely was. In much the same way that the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand ‘Sachsgate’ tapes were a hit or the Paris Hilton sex tapes were a hit or Britney Spears shaving all her hair off was a hit. Not all publicity is good publicity. Duh.
2. It was all part of Richard Curtis’s “cunning plan”.
Yeah right. Because, of course – see above – the 10:10 campaign really wanted everybody screaming, even green commenters on the Guardian’s pages
, about what a despicably misguided exercise it was to show people who don’t being believe in Man Made Global Warming being blown to smithereens like Islamist suicide bomb victims. Yes, that’s just the way to win over the undecided to your cause: threats, bullying and emotional blackmail.
3. Richard Curtis is a secret “denier” and devised the project as satire.
I think the psychological term for this is “projection.” Curtis has scripted many good films over the years – well, one, anyway – plus of course he co-wrote Blackadder. Ergo, in some people’s minds, a guy who can be so funny could never actually have been responsible for such car-crash propaganda without meaning it to be car-crash propaganda. Well, I’m sorry Curtis fans, but this doesn’t wash. As exhibit a) I present The Girl In The Cafe – whose liberal, anti-capitalist, anti-globalist sentiments were painfully of a piece with the kind of Weltanschauung exhibited in No Pressure and as b) I offer 4. below.
4. This was an unfortunate accident. It isn’t representative of the green movement.
Er, actually, tragically, this is exactly how the green movement thinks. I refer you to my piece James Lee is Al Gore is Prince Charles is the Unabomber
5. It’s actually “funny” and people who don’t think so haven’t got a sense of humour.
Hmm. Let’s see what “Thegavster” has to say about this on the previous post. I think he makes the point rather well:
So the killing of people who do not subscribe to the 10:10 campaign is “funny”. It’s “funny” to kill children in a classroom? Its “funny” to kill people who have a different opinion? What sort of people find that funny? If the people who pressed the button were dressed in Nazi uniforms, would it still be “funny”? Would those who made this video and who find this “funny” still find it “funny” if a similar video was produced showing supporters of the campaign being blown up? Would the video still be “funny” if it was made by animal rights activists and showed children and others being blown up because they didn’t support animal rights campaigns? Would a similar video be “funny” if made by Islamic extremists and showed non-Muslim children being blown up? Would it still be “funny” if the video showed Muslim children being blown up by that crazy Pastor in the US who wanted to burn Korans?
The premise is nonsense and the people who made the video should be ashamed. Indeed, those who support this campaign commercially should be ashamed as well and stop that support. It is disgusting and outrageous. Just because you have passionate beliefs, you do not have the right to advocate the sort of behaviour defined in the video, just because you believe you are right. If its not acceptable for other groups, its not acceptable for you either.
If this has done anything for me, its scared me. It warns me that these people may well advocate this sort of sanction if you don’t support their cause and as such are no different from any other extremist apart from the fact that they have strong support in high places. What it has also done is made me even more determined to do everything I can to stop them. In short it has actually had the opposite affect that they had hoped. Come on people, its time we stood up and did something about this plague!