Crank of the Week - March 22, 2010 - James Cameron

Fox threw a party for James Cameron and producer Jon Landau to drum up publicity before the pending release of their mega-blockbuster movie, Avatar, on DVD. The gathering of nearly 100 journalists from around the world included a screening of sample video clips from the movie. Not that the people in attendance had never seen Cameron's sexy blue aliens before—the clips were to show the quality of the conversion from big screen 3D to 2D for home consumption. The movie mogul opened the program by pledging an environmental theme to the release of Avatar into the home video market. The video release of Avatar is now set for April 22, which just happens to be Earth Day. And then someone mentioned Glenn Beck.

Cameron almost managed to eclipse the shindig's intended message when he called Fox News channel personality Glenn Beck an “f---ing asshole.” Cameron was apparently upset over Beck's reaction to his 2007 documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, which casts doubt on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “He's dangerous because his ideas are poisonous,” said Cameron. Then, realizing that his remark might be considered a bit over-the-top even in Hollywood, he softened his verbal assault a bit, saying: “I think, you know what, he may or may not be an asshole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I'd love to have a dialogue with him.”

Maybe Cameron was still miffed that his ex-wife's movie collected most of the meaningful Oscars, leaving Avatar the scraps. But his tiff with Beck, who can indeed be an asshole on occasion, is not the reason for this Crank of the Week award. Both Beck and Jesus are capable of defending themselves. No, this award is because the Avatar director next focused his wrath on those who don't accept global warming as fact. “That's right,” Cameron said. “I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads.” All we can say is “name the time and place.”

“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,” Cameron added for good measure (do we detect a bit of anal fixation here?). By making the environment the theme of his home video release plan, Cameron thinks he is sending a message. “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? I mean, look, I didn't make this movie with these strong environmental anti-war themes in it to make friends on the right, you know.”

Only those living in the La La Land of Hollywood can believe that a visual confection staring naked blue lion people cavorting in a jungle wonderland conveys an effective environmentalist message. Having seen the film we can report that it is highly entertaining but that the plot, such as it is, is a derivative mishmash of a dozen other Sci Fi movies and novels. Lot's of action mixed with simplistic messages: military guys bad, sexy blue natives good, nature wins over technology in the end. Yo, Jim, it's a fantasy. A commercially successful, highly entertaining fantasy—not a documentary about saving the planet.

A victim of inter-planetary genocide or just another James Cameron fantasy?

Not that the tone of Avatar doesn't lean to the left. The primary antagonist, evil commander Colonel Miles Quaritch played by a menacing Stephen Lang, orders his troops to “fight terror with terror.” By this he means attacking the nature-loving, innocent blue natives, the Na’vi, who ask only to continue living in their treehouse apartment complex which also happens to hold the souls of all their departed. There is no doubt that the soliders are tools of a heartless corporation dedicated to raping the planet, natives be damned. If anyone missed the “subtle” anti-military message, the phrase “shock and awe” is actually used to describe the incipient slaughter.

“This guy is making a billion dollars on a Smurf-murdering movie and he's stewing about a joke that nobody heard on a network nobody watched!” Beck said, referring to his comments about the director made during a CNN special in 2007. “It's time to walk away from the CGI, Jim. Just for a minute.”

Making money off a movie about inter-planetary genocide isn't Cameron's only source of livelihood. Bloody money from older films continues to swell Cameron's personal coffers. Fox is targeting Spring 2012 for the release of the 3D version of Titanic, timed to coincide with the “100 year anniversary of the sailing of the ship.” What a fitting memorial to those who died in that disaster, making millions of dollars more off their personal tragedy.

Sailing in 3D on a sea of bloody money.

Making several of the top grossing films of all time, no matter how exploitative, makes James Cameron a genius of a film maker, but it in no way makes him the final authority on global warming. Still, when your last two feature films have grossed over $3 billion at the box office worldwide, you can pretty much say whatever you want—even if you don't know what you are talking about.

According to the 2007 CNN transcript, Beck said this of Cameron: “Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ.” No Glenn, Cameron is running for your job: dangerous asshole. So congratulations James Cameron, you can add this Crank of the Week to your collection of Oscars™.

Cameron supports ecoterrorism

According to an interview in Entertainment Weekly, James Cameron has come out in favor of ecoterrorism. EW asked Cameron to respond to some of the criticisms aimed at “Avatar.” Here is how he responded to one question in particular:

EW: “Avatar is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”

JC: “Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in ecoterrorism.”

Cameron challenges climate skeptics to debate and then bails out

From Marc Morrano at Climate Depot...

ASPEN COLORADO: Hollywood director James Cameron challenged three high profile global warming skeptics to a public debate at a global warming and energy conference. But Cameron backed out of the debate at the last minute after environmentalists "came out of the woodwork" to warn him not to engage in a debate with skeptics because it was not in his best interest.

Cameron challenged Andrew Breitbart, Climate Depot's Marc Morano and filmmaker Ann McElhinney of 'Not Evil Just Wrong.' The debate was already in the program for the Aspen American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) summit. The website program described the agreed to debate as “AREDAY Climate Change Debate: Reality or Fiction?"

After setting up the public global warming debate, Cameron and his negotiator then changed formats multiple times and initially said it would be open to the media and then said he would only participate if it was private with no recording devices. The skeptics agreed to all the changes. According to AREDAY organizers, activist Joseph Romm of Climate Progress urged Cameron not to go ahead with the debate as well.

Cameron's cancellation of the agreed to debate did not happen until one debate participant (Morano) was already in mid-air, flying from DC to Aspen on Saturday August 21 to attend the debate. (AREDAY did grant Morano a 90 minute slot to speak at the summit. See: Climate Depot's Presentation at Warmists' Summit Met By Hostile Interrupting Moderator and Crowd; Call for Morano to Kill Himself!)

More on this story at Climate Depot.

Glenn Beck

What is the author's problem with Glenn Beck? Such calumny because he doesn't agree with Beck's political positions?


My dislike for Beck has nothing to do with his politics, whatever they may be. There are assholes on the left, on the right and in between. Beck's assholedness derives from his source of livelihood—talk TV. He does not search for truth, he scrambles for ratings. His job is to play on the emotions and fears of the terminally disgruntled and weak minded. Glenn Beck's only real cause is Glenn Beck, and that makes him an asshole. What makes him dangerous is that he has a public soapbox to blather and blubber on every weekday. Hence, dangerous asshole. QED.

PS: Given your use of "calumny" I must ask, are you also an O'Reilly fan? Try using "bloviate" and "poltroon" in your next post.

James Cameron, Crank of the week

Don't these AGW supporting Hollywood directors and produceers realized that if anyone took the climate fears seriously, we'd be cutting back energy 80%? With draconian cuts like that, the first thing we'd stop wasting energy on would be frivolous things like Hollywood movies.

My money is on Beck

If those two meet to duke it out my money is on Beck.