March 3, 2010

Ann McElhinney, Avatar, Public School Curricula

Ann McElhinney, the director of Not Evil Just Wrong and Mine Your Own Business speaks about anti-development bias in James Cameron's blockbuster Avatar and about environmental indoctrination in public schools.

A little strident for my tastes but I am a huge fan of their films. And I love her energy.

Education Posted by John Kranz at March 3, 2010 2:09 PM

Is it strident to refer to James Cameron as an idiot if it is true?

Posted by: johngalt at March 3, 2010 3:05 PM

Yeah, you found the line that bugged me. James Cameron has created two movies in the top five grossing of all time. (Some right wing scolds have pointed that in real dollars, neither is top 20, but that's quibbling.)

So, no, I am not comfortable calling someone with that achievement under his belt an "idiot" because I disagree with his politics.

Posted by: jk at March 3, 2010 4:24 PM

And on the other hand, would I be considered strident, were I to point out that Cameron benefits from capitalism, technology, and the freedom to keep a significant part of the profit derived from his labors and investment, even as his creative product is a screed against those very principles?

That would be like pointing out that Michael Moore has grown fat, dumb and happy as a recipient of corporate largess, as a direct result of railing against corporate America.

By the way, I admit this is lowbrow, but I loved "An American Carol." I can't seem to get the line "I'm the angel of freakin' death, you turdhead!" out of my mind...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 3, 2010 5:10 PM

McElhinney says you have to see it but I don't think I can bring myself to pay for the experience. I think I'm more likely to see the latest movie by Cameron's ex wife.

Posted by: johngalt at March 4, 2010 1:49 AM

I figured I'd put it on my Netflix Queue when it came out. My lovely bride informs me that I'll be watching it alone...

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