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Everybody sign up as “PZ Myers”

March 23, 2008

It’s no secret I’m not exactly a charter member of the PZ Myers Fan Club.  But even I have to give him props for this: he signed up to go see a special screening of Ben Stein’s steaming pile of creationist propaganda1, Expelled, and before he could take a seat, they tossed him out!  Pretty funny since he appears in the movie, and the whiny theme of the movie is that “it’s just not faaaair” how creationism in its current guise is tossed out from biology classes.

The Expelled producers have been trying to spin this as tossing a gate crasher, but Myers wasn’t making trouble2 and he signed up to see the movie the same as everyone else there.  And they let in everyone else who came with him, including none other than mister “God Delusion” himself, Richard Dawkins…

That’s right, they let in Myers’ family (including his daughter Skatje, who reviewed the movie) and Richard Dawkins.  Who also appears in the movie so they couldn’t use the excuse that they didn’t know what he looks like.  Here’s a little hint, fellas; if you want to keep famous atheists out of your movie, don’t put them in your movie. 


Notes:

  1. One might complain that I have not seen the movie and cannot make this statement, but it does contain relentless scene interleaves between Darwin and modern evolutionary biologists and Hitler, WWII, and concentration camps.  That is, to put it in the mildest possible terms, not a scientific argument.

  2. Although Myers can be an absolutely perfect sh*t on his blog, I’ve never seen a report, anywhere, of him being anything but cordial and gentle in person. And I have heard him in a radio interview with a “creation scientist” where he kept his cool despite considerable provocation.  So the producer’s attempt to say he was ‘making a scene while trying to sneak in’ is simply not credible (to say nothing of not making any sense either).
  3. Read Skatje’s devastating review of Expelled
  4. And Richard Dawkins’ review (not to put too fine a point on it); Lying for Jesus
  5. Of course you knew it would go this way: Matt Nisbet of Framing Science thinks Dawkins & Myers should pipe down and let others be the voice of science for a while.  With the predictable two-word response from Myers.
  6. And if you really want to research the whole thing as a sociological phenomenon, Greg Laden has an updated compilation of the whole kerfluffle.
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  1. March 24, 2008 at 11:41 | #1

    Must say I enjoyed that video, and the blog post. Definitely filed under what the fuck where they thinking?!?!?!

  2. March 24, 2008 at 12:36 | #2

    Wow, nice use of footnotes!!! 

    I love the idea of everyone signing up as PZ.  The old Leprechaun trick.

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