Al Gore has indeed jumped the shark. The biggest mistake the “global warming” (which is now becoming “climate change” to cover the fall and winter months) movement has made is to hitch their wagon to some of the celebrity activists, musicians and PR seekers that were featured at this past weekend’s Live Earth concerts.
Why is this a big mistake on the part of Gore? Because, frankly, most people think celebrity activists are idiots. The vast majority of civilization views celebrity activists as freaky, whorish, duplicitous, unrestrained, neurologically jumbled heaps of discredited and hypocritical ivory-tower ideologues. Heck, even celebrities admit that. George Clooney has urged celebrities to remain quiet about endorsements, because he fears celebrity endorsements can ruin their candidates’ chance of victory. At least somebody is paying attention.
Any celebrity push usually fails, and Al Gore would be wise to leave the science to, well, scientists — if they can sing and play the guitar, all the better.
Just look at the track record for Hollywood causes in the past few years:
–For the last couple of decades, many celebrities have petitioned presidents and others to release from prison, or at least get a new trial for, Leonard Peltier, who was convicted in 1975 of killing two FBI agents. Peltier is still using soap-on-a-rope and padlocked briefs to this day. Ditto for Mumia Abu-Jamal.
–Hollywood liberals also oppose drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Environmentalist actors freaked over the thought of drilling in the pristine setting of Alaska. Robert Redford speaks out regularly on the subject, pointing out that property like that should only be used for celebrity mansions and ski lodges. In spite of protests from the celluloid elite, small areas of ANWR will be full of more holes than Barbra Streisand’s logic.
–In 1998, celebrities from around the world signed a petition calling Kenneth Starr’s investigation into Bill Clinton’s perjury an “inquisitorial harassment by a fanatical prosecutor.” Clinton was impeached soon after.
–A few years ago, some actors signed a petition asking U.S. senators to vote against a plan to bury the nation’s nuclear power waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. The petition so impressed Congress that they voted to start dumping nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain (Robert Byrd voted against it when they refused to rename Yucca the “Robert C. Byrd memorial to Enrico Fermi”).
–Hollywood backed Gore and Kerry big time. Both campaigns ended up as the political equivalent of Nick Nolte’s mug shot.
–This of course brings us to Hollywood’s arch-enemy, George W. Bush, who went to war in Iraq, chapping more actors’ behinds than the director’s cut of “Brokeback Mountain.” The Iraq invasion inspired the creation of “Artists United to Win Without War,” a movement spearheaded by the Hollywood rich and famous, as well as Mike Farrell, with the goal of ending imperial American occupation of a sovereign nation in need of a hug. “Artists United to Win Without War” was apparently defeated by “War United to Win Without Artists.”
–Hollywood activists lobbied to save the life of convicted quadruple murderer Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the co-founder of the “Crips,” a Los Angeles street gang that since spread from coast to coast. This made Williams the Ray Kroc of gangbanger franchising. Bianca Jagger, Snoop Dogg, Jesse Jackson, Tim Robbins, Martin Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Mike Farrell, Ed Asner and many others begged Gov. Schwarzenegger to spare Williams’ life. Tookie was executed late in 2005.
Now, many of these same celebrities are hoping their fortunes change and we’ll all recognize their climatological expertise and get on board with the Al Gore crusade.
Good luck with that, Al. I hope you’re going fast enough to clear the shark, but I think you’re dragging too much dead weight.