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Hollywood celebrity environmentalist types just received two bats out of hell; one from Meat Loaf and the other from Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes.
I’ve always loved the energy and melodies of Meat Loaf’s ballad style music, although I can’t say “Bat Out of Hell” was ever one of my favorites; the lyrics are just too much. Nonetheless, the song has the intensity of an enlivening movie scene slap in the face.
And, that’s precisely what Meat Loaf just gave those Hollywood and media types who elevated Greta Thunberg to cult leader status in global warming theology. It was a bat out of hell for every shallow celebrity and news reader who tried to convince us a 16-year Greta was some superior intellect of even more audacious morality.
Then, a second bat out of hell was received in Hollywood itself as Rick Gervais delivered a slap to the other side of the Hollywood face. Where were these guys when had to deal with Josh Fox, Susan Sarandon, Yoko “Loco” Ono, Matt Damon and Mark “Little Green Hulk” Ruffalo?
Meat Loaf gave an interview to the Daily Mail and offered up this:
“I feel for that Greta. “She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change, and there isn’t. She hasn’t done anything wrong, but she’s been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true.”
The response of most of the media types, of course, has been an attempt to trash the singer. All he did, though, was to state the obvious no one wants to say; Greta knows nothing of the real world. She only knows what she’s been told and, as a teenager, has no special knowledge or experience, although she has a particularly annoying snarling schtick: a spoiled child with attitude who could be exploited by special interests to intimidate others into cowering in the corner. But, Meat Loaf is too big to hide and has a few points on her in the attitude department, plus, at 72, he doesn’t need to give a damn any more.
The second bat out of hell came from someone I’ve never liked all that much but who rose several levels in my estimation at the recent Golden Globes award ceremony. It is one of the innumerable preening opportunities Hollywood types use to raise their celebrity status and signal virtues they not only don’t have but couldn’t possibly care less to cultivate. Ricky Gervais absolutely destroyed the Hollywood environmentalist scam with this:
Well said. Josh Fox wasn’t there to hear it, of course. His last foray into film-making was his 2016 epic “How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Change Can’t Change.” It was epic only in the sense it produced but $1,000 per week over 36 weeks. Fox also knows nothing of the real world but he can spin tall tales. He’s another spoiled child, albeit grown to mid-age. He’s skilled mostly at securing grants from the likes of foundations created by a tobacco heiress and other trust-funders to fight natural gas while he works from Brooklyn offices heated by natural gas.
I have no idea if the others were there, but Sarandon and Yoko Ono are similar hypocrites and Mark Ruffalo doesn’t have a clue. Ruffalo does know how to grab money from taxpayers, though. He did so to finance a solar project in the backyard of his second home. That allowed him to claim green energy moral supremacy while helping to ensure his rural neighbors get no opportunity to harvest their natural gas and stay in farming. He didn’t need the money at all, of course, but he wanted to set an example. It would have been nice if Ruffalo had attended the Golden Globes so we all could have seen exactly how a Green Hulk handles a bat out of hell.