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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Director/Environmentalist?

For some reason, James Cameron (director of Titanic and Avatar) and his visit to the oil sands in Alberta has been making the news pretty consistently over the last few days.

Am I missing something here? Who gives a crap about his opinion on such things? Does he have some sort of expertise that I'm not aware of? Why are we holding press conferences to hear his opinion after three whole days of touring the area?

I don't get the whole celebrity champion for a cause thing. They don't know ANYTHING!! I get that it can bring attention to a cause because of their celebrity status. Sure, we can use them as spokespeople...I guess...if you're into that kind of thing and somehow have great respect for these people. But, when they take it upon themselves to "investigate" an issue and then hold press conferences about it? Come ON, people! Should we really be taking their opinions to heart on such matters?

Maybe celebrities should stick to their day jobs, and let us scientists do our thing too.