Ben Stein: still too much money.
Talk2Action, via the mighty mighty Cursor:
Five years ago, in the days before Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII set the FCC and the television networks off into a cleansing frenzy, Ben Stein, the television game-show host and pitchman who was once a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, gave Arianna Huffington the finger during a live CNN talk show.
Now, Stein intends to give the vast majority of the scientific community the finger by attacking evolution and touting intelligent design in a new film due out early next year.
And, Stein, who's co-hosting the upcoming VH-1 reality show "America's Most Smartest Model," is movie-making in the name of "battling anti-religious dogmatism."
According to Stein, his documentary - produced by Premise Media and marketed by the Westlake Village, California-based Motive Entertainment -- "chronicles" Stein's "confrontation with the widespread suppression and entrenched discrimination that is spreading in our institutions, laboratories and most importantly, in our classrooms, and that is doing irreparable harm to some of the world's top scientists, educators, and thinkers."
According to Stein, "In today's world, at least in America, an Einstein or a Newton or a Galileo would probably not be allowed to receive grants to study or to publish his research."
Yesterday, I felt like this was a blog-worthy, good for a chuckle at the very least, but frankly, this is really a zillion times more important - to science, to the public discourse - and didn't/won't get half the attention Ben Stein's wank flick will.
The only thing Stein's movie shows is that you can not only make a career out of proving Jeffrey Jones' line in 'Ed Wood' that if you dress nice and talk well people will swallow anything you say, but that the same fucking people'll think you're also smart.