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article imageEnvironment film withdrawn amid complaints about exploding people

By Andrew John     Oct 2, 2010 in Environment
A green campaigning group has withdrawn a film about global warming scripted by movie writer Richard Curtis after complaints about its graphic depiction of exploding people.
In one scene, a teacher presses a button and two of her students explode amid spurting blood and flying body parts because they refuse to reduce their carbon emissions.
There are several such scenes featuring different groups of people, including company employees, a soccer team and the actress Gillian Anderson, who explodes inside a studio after doing a voiceover for the film itself, spattering the studio window with gore. In the soccer scene, it’s footballer David Ginola who explodes spectacularly.
The movie was made by the environment group 10:10, and it found its way onto YouTube (if you’re squeamish, don’t play the video above this report!).
The BBC website says: “The film aimed to ‘bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh,’ the group said.
“Starring Gillian Anderson it was scripted by Richard Curtis, whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral.”
The BBC cites comments on the Guardian website, on which the film was posted before being taken down on the 10:10 site.
The comments, it says, “were split between those congratulating the team and others who thought it was in bad taste.”
Gays and Muslims
One comment said: “I think this is dreadful.
“To suggest that people who disagree with you deserve to die is incredibly stupid. Imagine if some Christian group in the US did that to gays, Muslims, or anyone else they disagree with. The outrage would be palpable. And deserved.
“It’s like a parody of something that people mocking enviros would do.”
The BBC quotes Lizze Gillett, global campaign director for 10:10, as saying: “As you can see from various comments and social-media sites some people thought it was funny and a good tool to get people talking about climate change, but others strongly disliked the mini-movie. We decided to take it off our website to avoid upsetting people.”
10:10’s campaign statement says: “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.”
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