And just like that, a meme is born, courtesy of James Taranto in his "Best of the Web" column at the Wall Street Journal. Sadly, this time, he's discussing the Worst of the Web:
What kind of people blow up children?
White supremacists, for one example. On the morning of Sept. 15, 1963, members of a Ku Klux Klan "splinter group" set off dynamite under the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls: Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Denise was 11; the other three were 14.
Islamic supremacists, for another example. Groups like Hamas and al Qaeda not only attack civilians indiscriminately but frequently employ Muslim children as suicide bombers. Our friend Brooke Goldstein made a whole movie about it.
There's a new kind of supremacist on the scene: green supremacists. They haven't blown up any children--not in real life. But they've been thinking about it.
A British outfit called the 10:10 Campaign hired Richard Curtis, a writer and producer of cinematic comedies, to produce a four-minute video promoting its effort to encourage people to cut "carbon emissions." The result, titled "No Pressure," struck James Delingpole, a global-warming skeptic who writes for London's Daily Telegraph, as "deliciously, unspeakably, magnificently bleeding awful." He's being too kind.
You've likely seen the video, thanks to the amount of traffic my post on the topic received (thank you again to the folks at Glenn Beck's The Blaze and other sites for linking to it), but if not click here for the full visual horror, and some of the earlier ads leading up to it.
More from Taranto:
GreenwiseBusiness.co.uk reports that the video is scaring off corporate sponsors. Kyocera Mita "was keen to point out" that it "had no part in the film, or knowledge of it" and "is now considering its sponsorship relationship with 10:10," and Sony said "that it was 'disassociating itself' from the climate change campaign group for the time being."
The 10:10 site formerly featured a statement from Naomi Climer, "chair of Sony's sustainability leadership group," who said that the organization's efforts are in line with Sony's "long-term corporate targets." An ominous choice of words! What happens to Phillip and Tracy if they buy a Vizio TV set or an H-P laptop?
The ad has drawn a few defenses, mostly on the ground that it's intended to be humorous. Typical is Jim Edwards of CBS Interactive, who faults 10:10 for backing away from the video rather than "standing proud and telling the deniers to suck it up":Whatever. No one but the most extreme climate change denier believes this is actually what environmentalists want. It's obviously just a joke outrageous enough to actually get people's attention.
But a joke at whose expense? If a "climate change denier" had made such a video in order to lampoon global warmists as fanatical and antihuman, the effort would have been denounced as invidious and over the top--and rightly, or so we would have said a week ago anyway.
No, this video was made by green supremacists themselves, and with a high degree of technical proficiency. As 10:10 itself observed in a statement (since removed from its website), the video required the efforts of "50+ film professionals and 40+ actors and extras." Blogger David Burge notes that "somehow, throughout this entire process, not one of the hundreds of people involved seemed to have questioned the wisdom of an advertising message advocating the violent, sudden death of people who disagree with it."
One may hope that Jim Edwards is right when he denies that "this is actually what environmentalists want." But it's bad enough that this is what they fantasize about--and that they manifestly felt no inhibition about airing such a depraved fantasy in public.
And of course, as was the wont of the original White Supremacists, the Green Supremacists really dig fantasizing about a few lynchings, as Australian journalist Andrew Bolt recently discovered. Click on the next page for a fairly disturbing Green Supremacist image.