Thank Goodness! The parodies of the 10:10 “no pressure” mini video have begun *UPDATED*

Unless you’ve been on a camping trip in a remote wilderness for the past few days, you’ve heard about the video that a British climate change advocacy group prepared.  The short video takes you through a variety of settings (classrooms, workplaces, sports fields), in which people are encouraged to diminish their carbon footprint and, importantly, assured that there is “no pressure” on them to cooperate.  Then after a show of hands of those who willingly respect mother Gaia, those who don’t get with the program are blown up, with an accompanying shower of blood and guts.  Here’s the video, but I do warn you not to watch it around small children or people who don’t like gross and disturbing images:

Isn’t that first scene, in the classroom, with the remaining kids covered in gore, a comedy classic?

Oh!  Didn’t I tell you?  This is meant to be humorous.  In the words of the group that created the video:

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.

Clearly, if you’re offended, it’s because you’re a puritanical stick in the mud.  Because so many people had fun with this video, and because it makes such an excellent point about the “little things” we can do to save Gaia, the group is going to keep the video up on the internet (although off their website).  This way, the ones who “get the joke” can still have a jolly good laugh.  I’m sure the group is also grateful for the free advertising they’re getting from sites such as mine which, through criticism, are helping it go viral.  After all, no publicity is bad publicity, right?

In answer to my own question, I think this group has, rather uniquely, run counter to that little advertising truism.  Here’s my question for you:  Having seen the video, do you now want to rush out and bow to your carbon neutral overlords?  Do you think any normal, decent person would?

I don’t know about you, but a video like this, with it’s jokey threats of extreme violence, makes me want to make an extra drive around the block every time I come home, just to be spiteful.  I won’t, of course.  I’m not a wasteful person, and I enjoy having a clean environment as much as the next person.  I do that, though, not because of the green police, but because I believe the Biblical injunction that I am the earth’s steward.  I really don’t like the threat implicit in that “funny” video and do have the urge to push back.

Speaking of push-back, it’s already begun.  The video below is the first one I’ve found.  Rather than pushing back directly against the AGW fascists, its creators recognize some remarkable similarities between one type of religious fanatic and another:

(By the way, I recommend Ed Morissey’s post at Hot Air for a good round up of intelligent and moral takes on the video, including Ed’s own.  Not surprisingly, he includes The Anchoress, who sees much larger spiritual implications here.)

UPDATE:  Here’s Zombie’s take, which as always, makes for enjoyable reading.  Ed Driscoll also has a great post on the video.  Be sure to watch the Mastercard commercial you’ll find there.  Then you can debate with me whether that smug, supercilious, condescending child made that commercial even more gross and horrifying than the 10:10 spot.

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  • Ymarsakar

    It would have been better for the world if this was disinformation designed to make 1010 look like a death cult. Because then it would mean it wasn’t true, that they are better than how they are portrayed.
    In reality, 1010 cult members are “worse“. Because if this is a reiteration of a Real Propaganda project designed to bolster 1010, then imagine the reality. When they can save 50% on carbon by making you work in a forced labor camp on 1k calories a day, you’d think they would refuse because…. because of what exactly?
    No pressure. Join, or else. Sieg Heil.

  • Ymarsakar

    ” Do you think any normal, decent person would?”
    What kind of normal. A normal slave would be like “yes sir, yes mastah, how high mastah”.
    A free individual would do otherwise.

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    This has a more limited applicability than the Hitler Parodies, but it will be sweet indeed if this is used to gore (Gore?) other sacred cows of the Left. 

  • Ymarsakar

    They’ll make a Hitler parody, using 1010. I’m waiting for it.

  • Zhombre

    Welcome to the Anti-Renaissance, the Age of Inhumanism.  Man is not the measure of all things; Man is the impediment to all things. The individual human being is a clutching, grasping, wrenching greedy little creature that must be controlled and minimized if not eradicated for the greater collective good and the good of the planet.  A work of art like Michelangelo’s David — with its pride, defiance, grace, and readiness for action — such effrontery!  Like some sort of Florentine teabagger.

  • Mike Devx

    I see more wish-fulfillment in the 1010 video than I see actual comedy.  They are impatient with us nay-sayers, aren’t they?  One suspects that the exposure of the Climate-Gate fraud and the subsequent downturn of public opinion against groups like the 1010 group has them really quite angry at all of us – but they’re afraid to show their extreme anger.   I see this hidden, furtive extreme anger in the type of so-called “humor” they’ve chosen to throw at us.