More like 0/10. I saw tips come in about this last night on WUWT. I watched and I was horrified, sickened. I’m not squeamish at all – honestly. Before I explain my reaction, here is what now appears at the site that produced it: http://www.1010global.org/no-pressure
Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called ‘No Pressure’.
With climate change becoming increasingly threatening, and decreasingly talked about in the media, we wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh. We were therefore delighted when Britain’s leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis – writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill and many others – agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn’t and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.As a result of these concerns we’ve taken it off our website.
We’d like to thank the 50+ film professionals and 40+ actors and extras and who gave their time and equipment to the film for free. We greatly value your contributions and the tremendous enthusiasm and professionalism you brought to the project.
At 10:10 we’re all about trying new and creative ways of getting people to take action on climate change.
Unfortunately in this instance we missed the mark. Oh well, we live and learn.
Onwards and upwards, Eugenie, Franny, Daniel, Lizzie and the whole 10:10 team
No I didn’t find the killing offensive. But I certainly didn’t find the film funny. IT IS NOT ABOUT THE EXPLODING PEOPLE. Here’s why I hated it. We have freedom of religious and political opinion, and of sexual expression; we fight hard for racial equality. Suddenly from the very same people who insisted we should be politically correct, there is a new PC – that it is not correct to hold an opinion that is different on the matter of climate change. It is about the sneering looks of absolute disgust and condescension on the faces of the actors. They may be actors but that is too real and that is why it isn’t funny.
One comment at WUWT stood out for me and captured it in a nutshell (thanks ‘Stu‘):
“This is coercive propaganda in making people feel insecure about holding opinions which may differ from the consensus or authoritative ‘right’ opinion.”
In my naivety, when I first started to doubt the science behind global warming a few years ago, I casually dropped my growing uncertainty (for that is all it was at the time) into a conversation at an event. The person to whom I was chatting turned out to be ‘connected’ (i.e. a government advisor). He looked at me and said immediately “Oh, you’re one of THOSE people”, he paused, and then walked away. I will never forget the look he gave me or the tone of his voice. He may only have uttered six words but his tone was like vitriol and it still makes me cringe at the memory. Just like that man, this film is all about sneering by those who think they are in a position of moral superiority and that they can and should dictate what the rest of us should think, feel and do.
NO! For a start let’s teach our children how to think for themselves; that there is value in questioning the orthodoxy; and that diversity of opinion is a good thing.