|Pete Postlethwaite - Hypocrite|
|Written by Phelim McAleer|
|Wednesday, 05 January 2011 01:03|
The actor Pete Postlethwaite is dead. There's nothing like the death of a left wing actor/activist that allows journalists to ignore journalistic standards and produce obituaries that gloss over the hypocrisy that is at the heart of so many eco-celebrities. And so it was with Mr Postlethwaite.
Although Oscar nominated, the UK Guardian newspaper noted that "in recent years Postlethwaite became known as much for his political activism as his acting." He was a socialist, we are told, and an environmentalist, had a wind turbine at his house and in 2009 starred in the Age of Stupid, a drama/documentary warning that humanity was doomed because of our use of fossil fuels.
We needed to stop our "addiction to oil" now, Mr Postlethwaite warned. But it seems that the fossil fuel free life was only for others not Mr Pete Postlethwaite.
As Franny Armstrong, the Age of Stupid Director, mournfully recounted Mr Postlethwaite became an energetic advocate for the documentary. "When the money ran out, Pete arranged for another film project to pay his flight to Australia for the Stupid premiere and then we were all to head to New York for the world's biggest ever live film event" she revealed in the Guardian.
So Mr Postlethwaite and his fellow eco-celebrities flew to Australia and New York to promote a documentary which stated quite clearly that flying is the worst possible thing you could do for the environment. Indeed one of the "villains" in the Age of Stupid is an Indian entrepreneur whose ambition is to bring cheap airfares to the Indian masses. But for Pete Postlethwaite - his socialist environmentalism meant he flew around the world to ensure others must never be given the economic and political freedom of cheap airfares.
And speaking of the developing world Mr Postlethwaite was also a supporter of the Make Poverty History campaign which said it wanted to end poverty in the developing world. But no profile or obituary pointed out the obvious contradiction in the two campaigns he so enthusiastically supported. For poverty to be eradicated in developing countries they need to build roads, houses, factories, cities, hospitals and universities. These use lots of energy and the cheapest and most efficient way to produce the large amount of energy needed is to burn fossil fuels - lots of them.
Pete Postlethwaite is dead now. His obituaries reveal a life in the fast lane - with much partying and plenty of drinking. Like many actors he lived a hedonistic life. That was his choice and I hope he enjoyed it. He seemed to.
But his partying lifestyle was different from many of his colleagues. Pete Postlethwaite lived a life of callous hedonism. He enjoyed the pleasures of development and modernity but cruelly campaigned to deny that development to some of the poorest people on the planet.
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garret seinen said:
Jack Marino said:
Grow up..., Low-rated comment [Show]