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Perhaps agitated by the slew of conservatives who have criticized his action/fantasy movie Avatar--now the highest grossing film in history--as being anti-American eco propaganda, director James Cameron has returned fire. During a press conference, Cameron unleashed his trademark vitriol (he's never been known to pull any punches) and took on his detractors. And then some. He offered to debate Glenn Beck, called global warming deniers "boneheads"--and his agitators may have irked him into releasing the film on DVD with a pro-environmentalism campaign!Here's the story, from Brad Johnson over at Wonk Room:
Conservatives unnerved by the environmental themes of this sci-fi action-and-romance popcorn flick are complaining that it's a "sanctimonious thud of a movie," a "three-hour lecture on war, imperialism, and green awareness," "every militant global warming supporter's dream come true," and "socialism-disguised-as-nonsense enviro stuff." Cameron fought back in a press conference, offering to debate Glenn Beck (who he calls "a f--ing asshole") and other "boneheads":"I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads. Anybody that is a global-warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass I'm not sure they could hear me."James Cameron may not be sensitive, but he's got a point--and the torrent of insults he hurled at climate deniers is enough to make any green blogger envious. But if Cameron holds true to his word and takes the wide home release of Avatar as an opportunity to educate the public about climate change and environmentalism, his conspiracy theory-churning critics may have just done climate science a favor by irking Cameron into action. Hey, at least they'll have another opportunity to whine about propaganda.
Glenn Beck had previously bashed Avatar as "an anti‑U.S. human thing." Cameron said, "But you know they've got to live in this world too. And their children do as well, so they're going to have to be answerable to this at some point." He explained that he will make the environment the theme of his home video release plan. "Look, at this point I'm less interested in making money for the movie and more interested in saving the world that my children are going to inhabit. How about that?"