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Everything you ever wanted to know about the 10:10 video, unless you’re 10:10 or a radical green, in which case this would represent everything you wished never happened.

The Video

I know you’ve seen it, but we never pass up an opportunity to show the dark fantasy at the root of the radical green movement, courtesy of Richard ‘4 Beheadings & a Funeral‘ Curtis and Franny ‘Sage of Stupid‘ Armstrong:

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You can see for yourself how excited Franny Armstrong was leading up to the release of No Pressure, this is her Twitter feed, giggling all the way to career Armageddon:

X-Files and No Pressure star Gillian Anderson has a track record of moonbattery.

Initial Reactions

The Guardian, who support 10:10, were initially very smug about the release of the ‘hilarious’ mini-movie, but you could almost hear the self-satisfied smirks melt from their faces as the comments registered outrage and disgust at the eco snuff movie.

Watts, who had this very early, immediately saw the problem with detonating moppets to save the planet.

Steve Goddard saw the video and likened it to Aztec sacrifices.

Mother Nature Network was at first delighted by the video:

I know MNN readers aren’t particularly violent or murderous people, but have you ever heard a fervent climate change denier share their non-scientifically-based opinions on TV (or worse, in real life) and thought, “It would be so much easier to tackle global climate change if these naysayers were blown up like BP’s oil well”? Then I’ve got a four-minute video you must watch. Called “No Pressure,” this short film “celebrates everybody who is actively tackling climate change… by blowing up those are aren’t.”

P Gosselin notes the timing, very close to the anniversary of the Climategate emails and wonders if Splattergate will have the same effect.  My prediction, it’ll have more of an effect – there is no opportunity for whitewashing panels to explain away the graphic unveiling of the murderous heart that beats inside the radical green movement.

My own initial post on the 10:10 video features a catchy song you don’t want to find yourself singing aloud at the water cooler.

The (non) Apology

The  original apology has been replaced at the 10:10 site, but is pasted below in full.  The reason it fanned the flames was because it made clear 10:10 interpreted the outrage only as stupid people not getting the joke:

Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called ‘No Pressure’.

With climate change becoming increasingly threatening, and decreasingly talked about in the media, we wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh. We were therefore delighted when Britain’s leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis – writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill and many others – agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn’t and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.

As a result of these concerns we’ve taken it off our website. We won’t be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation on the internet.

We’d like to thank the 50+ film professionals and 40+ actors and extras and who gave their time and equipment to the film for free. We greatly value your contributions and the tremendous enthusiasm and professionalism you brought to the project.

At 10:10 we’re all about trying new and creative ways of getting people to take action on climate change. Unfortunately in this instance we missed the mark. Oh well, we live and learn.

Onwards and upwards,

Franny, Lizzie, Eugenie and the whole 10:10 team

Donna Laframboise has words about the non-apology apology that did nothing to quell the outrage and upset caused by the violent portrayal of detonating anyone who refuses to conform:

[the apology] sheds no light on how the dozens of people involved in its production could have believed the ad’s message was remotely appropriate. The apology’s breezy conclusion:

Oh well, we live and learn. Onwards and upwards…

suggests that the undersigned “Franny, Lizzie, Eugenie and the whole 10:10 team” still don’t get it. They’re clueless about how deeply offensive it is, in a free society, to suggest that people with alternative points-of-view deserve to be liquidated. If we are not free to disagree, we are not free. Period.

Eventually, Eugenie Harvey of 10:10 released a proper apology, but by then it was far too late to stop the PR firestorm that threatens to make the radical green cause toxic to ordinary people.

Green on Green: The Angst, Anger and Aaaaaargh Moments

Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org which is was closely allied to 10:10 stepped off a flight and into a facepalm:

I’d barely turned on my computer when that good feeling turned to a kind of quiet nausea. There were emails from people all saying the same thing: Have you seen this? This was a gross video making its way around Youtube, purporting to show people being blown up for not believing in climate change. It’s been “pulled” from Youtube by its creators, the British climate group 10:10, but of course nothing is ever really “pulled” from Youtube. If you want to watch it bad enough, I’m pretty sure you can find it. Or you can look at the stories by climate deniers assailing it as the latest example of eco-fascism.  The climate skeptics can crow.  It’s the kind of stupidity that hurts our side, reinforcing in people’s minds a series of preconceived notions, not the least of which is that we’re out-of-control and out of touch — not to mention off the wall, and also with completely misplaced sense of humor.

Joe Romm expended a lot of spittle on the 10:10 video, but has since mysteriously self-censored himself.  The page is blank, but the message still lays in the link address.  Needless to say he’s still mad at Morano.

Jo Abbess went off on Franny Armstrong, before coming to her hippie senses and claiming her criticism was ‘ironic’.  Give her credit for not self-censoring though.

Greenpeace were asked for a reaction and decided that thousands of comments on news sites by outraged people was a ploy by those paid by Big Oil.  No, really.

Skeptic Schadenfreude

Pajamas Media have their fun at the warmist’s expense:

If someone set out to intentionally discredit the Global Warming movement, they couldn’t have made a video more devastating than this one. It’s as if the eco-fascists have an irrepressible urge to expose their unconscious fantasies to those whom they seek to dominate — like a serial killer who sends taunting letters to the media.

Marc Morano went on Fox News, but was left alone as not a single green would appear to speak for 1o:10’s side, not even to apologize:

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Piers Corbyn wonders why every politician hasn’t denounced the video, probably not realizing that every politician dreams of having a little red button in his desk drawer.

Fun with Josh:

The inevitable and likely short-lived Downfall snark (captions NSFW):

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Corporates Scatter from the Splatter

Sony, Kyocera and O2 all sponsored 10:10, and soon regretted it.  Sony and Kyocera quit as soon as the full awfulness of both the video and the reaction became apparent. Sony seemed to get it right away:

Sony has supported the 10:10 climate change campaign because we share its objective to reduce carbon emissions. However, we strongly condemn the “No Pressure” video which was conceived, produced and released by 10:10 entirely without the knowledge or involvement of Sony. The company considers the video to be ill-conceived and in extremely bad taste.

O2 on the other hand seems to relay corporate policy on what sponsored NGO’s do via their call center in India.

What does the 10:10 PR disaster mean for the future of that organization and even the willingness of business to involve itself with third-party activists in the future?

Media Mentions

James Delingpole called the 10:10 No Pressure effort a ‘massive, epic fail‘.  It’s not like Dellers to understate things, perhaps he was under the weather.

His Telegraph colleague, Anita Singh demonstrates why Showbusiness editors have no business writing about anything more complex than Survivor: Wherethehellarewe

Withdrawing the film resulted in more internet coverage than the group could have wished for, harnessing the power of viral marketing and prompting curious viewers to head to the video-sharing website YouTube to see what the fuss was about. It led to suspicions that the entire set of events had been pre-planned, which the organisers denied.

As an aside, after ten or so years without actually losing anyone to starvation, weather, shark attacks, or Lord of the Flies craziness, shouldn’t that show be renamed by now?

Even The Independent gets it:

When you try to satirise the critics of your campaign, and it turns out that those very critics embrace your film as demonstrating exactly what they find unbearable about the climate-obsessed eco-lobby, then you know that you have kicked the ball into your own net. Unfortunately, just as a star footballer who scores a spectacular own goal must now endure his foolishness being viewed endlessly on the internet, so Richard Curtis will have this hanging round his neck, like a stinking fish, for as long as he is successful enough to be worth mocking.

The BBC mentioned No Pressure briefly and probably directed top journalists to figure out how the video is the fault of American neo-cons, or Israel, or preferably both.

The NYT noted that the video was in bad taste and more likely to hurt the green movement than help it.

Damian Thompson notes that bloodlust is often associated with those convinced that Armageddon is coming.

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Splattergate Hottie

We won’t waste the opportunity of a bonus round-up to feature a Hottie, and who better than someone who has starred in Dawn of the Dead.  Skeptics, I give you Sarah Polley:

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