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What would we do without activist entertainers?

I always love it when entertainers suddenly awaken and decide they must get involved in saving the planet.

This time it is Jeremy Irons.  He’s decided there are just too many people on our little blue globe.  Our lot’s numbers are “unsustainable”, although he’s pretty convinced some “big outbreak of something” will most likely happen because, you know, “the world always takes care of itself”.  Of course, because Mother Gaia is a living breathing thinking world.

What he wants to do is make a film (naturally) which will be like Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”.  A “documentary about sustainability and waste disposal in the vein of Michael Moore – but “not as silly”.  Of course.

Irons describes himself as “deeply socialist” and is also concerned about world hunger.  In a stirring and deeply touching (/sarc) call to action, Irons says on the website 1billionhungry.org:

“People around the world suffer hunger — 1 billion. Now that’s bad, worse than bad, that’s crazy! We’ve got to get mad. I want you to get mad. I want you to get up right now, stick your head out of the window and yell, ‘I’m mad as hell’.”

Original, edgy, a real difference maker.  Of course it remains to be seen if Irons understands that the reason 1 billion are hungry has little to do with resources and much to do with politics.

Irons announced his new endeavor from one of his 7 houses:

The ultimate solution, he says, is for us all to live less decadently — growing our own food and recycling instead of replacing goods: “People must drop their standard of living [so] the wealth can be spread about. There’s a long way to go.”

James Delingpole shakes his head at the usual hypocrisy:

And just as soon as you show us the way by flogging at least six of your houses, foregoing air travel, subsisting on berries, wild garlic and road kill, and dressing in polyester cast offs from your local charity shop, we’ll take you more seriously still.

Exactly.   Delingpole wonders:

Could it be that “sustainability” is a concept one only truly understands when one has grown so incredibly rich that one is able to shelter from the consequences of one’s eco-fanaticism in the seclusion and comfort of one’s many agreeable homes?

Apparently.  Delingpole points out that the UK’s new enviroment minister, Chris Huhne has that number of homes.  And we know that Al Gore, the Pince of Wales and Zac Goldsmith aren’t far behind.  And how knows how many Michael Moore has.

~McQ

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11 Responses to What would we do without activist entertainers?

  • I think Jeremy Irons is on to something. I took his advice and opened my window and yelled as loud as I could, “I’m mad as hell” and my neighbors haven’t bothered me all morning!—CONEY

  • Nothing is as eco-friendly as a big-budget Hollywood movie….

  • Maybe the UN can send forces into Somalia to prevent local warlords from stealing food shipments from the starving populace?

    • Recorded message heard by the UN military ministers looking for troops for Somalia:
      “All our forces are presently busy saving other countries, please stay on the line and the next available US division will be dispatched to your location, thank you”.

      • I am sorry. We have overbooked the US military. The US peace keepers you requested will not be available. We can offer you several African Union divisions and a voucher for a free consultation by the NGO of your choice.

  • I yelled out my window and I don’t see a single hungry person.  I guess it works.

  • Given that we’re just about the -only- first world country whose birth-rate isn’t below replacement rate (ours is 2.1, most of europe is in the 1.3-1.7 range), and ours is going down, I’d go so far as to say that unsustainable population growth is not a big risk right now. I guess Jeremy only got around to reading The Population Bomb last year and is still playing catchup on the past few decades.

  • Why doesn’t Mr. Irons send his maid to Big 5 Sporting Goods to buy a 12 gauge and one shell? Then he can be part of the solution to the population “problem”.

  • Rich socialists;  Trying to asuage their guilt with your money since the 1920’s.

  • The LimousineLiberals were bad enough, now it’s the LearjetLiberals.