This is funny stuff, but to set it up you’ve got to know what it’s about. It seems that filmmaker James Cameron, whose billion-dollar Oscar also-ran Avatar epic married state-of-the-art cinematography with one of the dumbest scripts ever executed in a major motion picture, was giving a press conference on Tuesday and responded to a question about Glenn Beck in a manner which makes one wonder whether he’s been hanging around Rahm Emanuel and Joe Biden.
Cameron’s exact quote was a bit salty. “Glenn Beck is a f$#&ing a&$hole. I’ve met him. He called me the anti-Christ, and not about ‘Avatar.’ He hadn’t even seen ‘Avatar’ yet. I don’t know if he has seen it.”
Then, backtracking a little, Cameron devolved into unwitting hilarity.
“I think, you know what, he may or may not be an a$@hole, but he certainly is dangerous, and I’d love to have a dialogue with him.”
It got worse once Cameron was asked about why Beck is dangerous.
“He’s dangerous because his ideas are poisonous,” Cameron answered. “I couldn’t believe when he was on CNN. I thought, what happened to CNN? Who is this guy? Who is this madman? And then of course he wound up on Fox News, which is where he belongs, I guess.”
Asked by THR if he felt the right wing’s attacks against him were continuing, Cameron replied: “They’re not attacks. They’re just people ranting away, lost in their little bubbles of reality, steeped in their own hatred, their own fear and hatred. That’s where it all comes from. Let’s just call it out. Let’s have a public discussion. That’s what movies are supposed to do, you know, you can have a mindless entertainment film that doesn’t affect anybody. I wasn’t interested in that.”
The “Avatar” director was equally unsparing in his comments about those who don’t accept global warming as fact.
“That’s right,” Cameron said. “I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads.”
Turning more serious, he added: “Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their ass I’m not sure they could hear me.”
By making the environment the theme of his home video release plan, Cameron is sending a message.
“Look, at this point I’m less interested in making money for the movie and more interested in saving the world that my children are going to inhabit. How about that? I mean, look, I didn’t make this movie with these strong environmental anti-war themes in it to make friends on the right, you know.
“They’re not on my Christmas card list,” Cameron added. “It’s not going to change my lifestyle at all if they don’t talk to me. But, you know, they’ve got to live in this world, too. And their children do as well, so they’re going to have to be answerable to this at some point.”
Naturally, this kind of unhinged spew was going to be the fodder for humor. And it didn’t take long for Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld to seize on it with the use of Red Eye Robot Theater: