Hollywood’s Green Hypocrisy

In the wake of the success of James Cameron’s paean to Gaia-worship, Avatar, the Hollywood heavyweight has been given an even bigger forum to spread his version of environmental dogma. It’s always ironic when a member of the jet-set wags a finger at the masses, warning us proles to clean up our acts and pursue “sustainable” lives. It would be fitting if some rich conservative fellow bought Tinsel Town’s iconic sign on the hill and added a few words, so that it would read: “Hollywood – Home of Hypocrisy.”

There are exceptions of course. Ed Begley, Jr. actually walks the walk and that seems to work for him. One can respect Begley’s commitment, even if it’s ultimately a pretty pointless exercise. For the most part though, green Hollywood is all about the “do as I say, not as I do” school of thought. Sure, they’ll throw a bone to the tree-huggers now and again, in the form of a nice donation to the right cause, or perhaps by appearing in a public-service ad. Leonardo DeCaprio hops on his bike to peddle around Manhattan, when he’s not hopping on a jet to ply his trade at some far-off location, and Cameron Diaz is proud to let the world know that she lets her waste products accumulate for a cycle or two before she finally flushes. Why the world needed to be informed of the latter, I do not know.

Back to James Cameron. The environmental activist recently said that it’s his duty to spread the green word and save a “dying planet.” How would James Cameron accomplish that? Well, it certainly wouldn’t involve economic growth or anything. Here’s what he told MSN in a recent interview:

“The solution to any one of these problems is interrelated to the solution to all of them, and it’s very simple: we have to stop population growth and we have to stop industrial growth. And this is not gonna happen. It’s so heretical to everybody trying to recover from a recession economy – ‘we have to stimulate growth!’ Well, yeah. Except that’s what’s gonna kill this planet. And until we get that through our skulls, all of the good causes and all of the fundraising and the little band-aids that we keep sticking over problems are not really going to make a difference.”

Got that? A recession might be bad for you, but it’s great for the planet. Imagine all the good that would come of a full-blown depression! If the analysts who fear that the out of control government spending and the unsustainable debt that the current administration is accumulating will lead to the collapse of the American economy are right, Barack Obama may go down in history as the man who saved the planet, at least in James Cameron’s world. Perhaps that’s the master plan. It makes as much sense as anything else.

Not that Cameron has much to worry about if the sort of economic upheaval he advocates actually occurs. When you live in a six bedroom, 8,300 square foot Malibu mansion that set you back a cool $3.5 million and you know people who are willing to front $500 million so you can make a flick featuring Smurfs on steroids, you’re pretty much good to go.

But then there’s hardly much that’s green about the industry that provides guys like Cameron with their lavish lifestyles to begin with. The film industry could serve as the poster child for an unsustainable, ultimately unproductive business model that contributes nothing substantive to either the planet or its populace. Has anyone ever measured the “carbon footprint” of a Hollywood flick? After you added in all of the transportation hits; the resources needed to feed, house and entertain the cast and crew; the energy needed to make, distribute and advertise a flick; and the energy expended by the public to get to theaters to view it, I suspect the results of such an analysis would be stunning. Hollywood is ultimately a parasite feeding on an economy that Cameron says is too darn big too begin with. Logically then, shouldn’t we cauterize the parasite before we start carving up the body?

Cameron’s arguments are clearly silly and hypocritical in the extreme. Avatar is one more example of the tired old “harmony with nature” and “noble savage” nonsense that sounds great in the abstract, but never survives any sort of in-depth scrutiny. In the absence of a green nirvana that does not exist and never has existed, environmental activists like Cameron try to create one out of whole cloth and the irony is that the only way they can bring their vision to life is to utilize the kind of modern technology and science that supposedly threatens the planet in the first place. You can’t film the environmentalist’s paradise that Cameron brought to the big screen on location, even with the aid of a time machine, because such a place does not, has not and will never exist.

But then, man has had to turn to technology to extol the wonders of nature many times before. Perhaps the most ironic example of that phenomenon is the “Tree of Life,” located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The 14-story centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom could not be grown – no such tree actually exists – so it had to be built, using an old oil rig as its skeleton. It’s “leaves” are made of a high-tech plastic: polyvinylidine fluoride. So, if you want to highlight the wonders of nature and the need to turn away from our greedy, technologically dependent ways, there’s no better means of accomplishing that end than to utilize modern technology. That truism applies whether you’re a money-grubbing Hollywood heavyweight or whether you’re a greedy capitalist running a theme park. Sure, at one level, it might seem like you’re biting the hand that feeds you. But when you know what’s best for everybody else, you don’t lose much sleep worrying about little things like hypocrisy.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AlaskanInfidel AlaskanInfidel

    He has his and wants us to give up hope of ever having ours so that he can feel better about how he lives.
    The hypocrisy is endless from the left…in all things.
    A Conservative doesn't like guns, so he doesn't buy any. A liberal doesn't like guns and wants to make everyone give theirs up. And so it goes…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JosephWiess JosephWiess

    It always happens when people don't study history. If he thinks that a full blown depression will save the planet, then he'll be the first one out of work. During the last great depression, tons of soil blew away and crops died when there were no farmers to maintain the land. Not to mention that hollywood almost dried up and blew away.

  • gamalpha

    Poverty creates pollution, that's one thing the environmental crazies don't understand. Look at all the garbage that is piling up in the streets of LA now that there is no money to clean them up. A year and a half ago I was in the poor city of Anand India. There is a haze of pollution over that city as well as garbage on the streets. Why? Poverty. People drive rickshaws that pour out pollution. They can't afford anything that doesn't pollute. Garbage is on the streets because there is no money to pick it up. In fact garbage is floating in their lake. The greatest pollution by far will be caused if Iran sets off its nuclear weapons. The only way to stop that is with a first strike by an army strong enough to overwhelm them and to build an army strong enough we need a strong economy and enough population to do the job. More people means more intelligent minds available to solve the technical problems of making nuclear, oil and coal energy clean.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/sos sos

    It's no wonder that Hollywood and the democrats get along so well…….do as I say not as I do is the mantra for both groups!!!

  • http://renaissancenerd.blogspot.com Jim Wilson

    You misunderstand. There's no hypocrisy here! They didn't make the world the way it is, they're just trying to change the way it WILL be. So living in a mansion and making propaganda that pollutes massively (if we accept environmentalist terms) is really just selling rope to the capitalist pigs so's they can hang themselves.

    It's standard Marxist crap. Party members don't have to sacrifice LIKE the people, because they're sacrificing FOR the people. Every member of every leftist party would of course prefer to live on a subsistence farm and labor like the beloved people, but instead they sacrifice their own desires on behalf of the people, and accept the stern responsibility of leading the revolution into the glorious future. So if they get a few extra comforts, it's well warranted. And if they do some things that seem counter-revolutionary (accept bribes, have a massive 'carbon footprint') we should remember that they are under a lot of pressure, far more than any mere prole can understand.

    So enough with the charges of hypocrisy. The revolutionary vanguard knows what's best for all of us.

  • Seek

    Birth control is needed — in the regions of the world supplying most of the terrorists.

    • Aaron

      Yeah,Birth control is also needed in Hollywood as well so there can less hypocritical celebrities lecturing US on how to live our lives when they live any way they want,The commies

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    Gee, I wonder how that warrior culture came about in the land of peace and bliss? It's too bad they didn't show the end, after they pulled off and nuked the site from orbit. I could see the hero Ripley saying that very thing for some strange reason. The special effects were great, but the politics ruined it, and I'm glad I didn't waste any money supporting such bs. There are so many great scifi works to put to film, it's a shame we mostly get this kind of garbage.

  • therealend

    “The solution to any one of these problems is interrelated to the solution to all of them, and it’s very simple: we have to stop population growth and we have to stop industrial growth." <translation> "I have enough dough to make me important, therefore, I can speak like an imbicile about my simplistic solutions'

    Okay, I'll try to get more out of him. Who gets to (must) stop having children? How to we get them to go along with that? Why should we all want to live in underground warrens or tree tops? When are you (Mr Cameron) ditching the jet(s)? SUV(s)? Limo(s)? Yacht(s)? Mansion(s)? At what point to we say we've done enough cutting back? Have you got such an economy all figured out that supports a population and still provide basic services or haven't you gotten that far along yet in your vision? Your turn.

  • Patrick

    Read Sowells's book about the Intellectuals in this country. He addresses morons like Cameron

  • Robert Brennan

    Cameron reminds me of the old joke about the difference between an evil developer and a pure hearted environmentalist. The evil developer wants to build a cabin in the woods…And the pure hearted environmentalist owns a cabin in the woods.

  • USMCSniper

    We members of the "Jarhead Clan" are not into this hollywood green on the outside and red on the inside crap much.

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  • Thunder

    OIL LEAK – rig's explosion by WHO? Simple.
    Remember those green #$%^$s who put nails in three trunks – to punish those who cut trees, because they "care" about ecology.

    So just wait – green idiot(S) will be arrested, or it just will slip into nothingness…………… :(

  • Thunder

    OIL LEAK – rig's explosion by WHO? Simple.
    Remember those green #$%^$s who put nails in three trunks – to punish those who cut trees, because they "care" about ecology.

    So just wait – green idiot(S) will be arrested, or it just will slip into nothingness…………… :(

  • DOn

    AlGore lives in a mansion, jets around the globe on private planes, eats cheesburgers like they are going out of style; Cameron lives in a mansion, jest around the globe in private jets and east like apig too. How many other enviroterrorists want to tell, and force, you to live like they don't. Fascists!

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  • Firebird

    All these hollywood celberties blabber all their nonsense they yammer and keep their pieholes flapping telling us all to live a more simple life while they tavel all over the world in their gulfstream jets or 707s drive around in their gas guzzling 4 mpg limos and whine like spoiled little brats about those who would rather drive a SUV then ride a bike and think of how much electricity they use($30:000 for al gore alone)and make putrid movies like AVATAR,WATERWORLD,FERNGULLY,THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and have the gall to tell us how we should live SCREW THEM ALL