Video: The dumbest, most self-defeating ad campaign ever

posted at 3:35 pm on October 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

And how do we know that it’s about as disastrous an ad campaign since, er … Alan Grayson’s “Taliban Dan” spot? Unlike the clueless and despicable Grayson, the people behind “10:10 – No Pressure” keep trying to get this spot removed from YouTube. As a precaution, I’ve included Stephen Gutowski’s Eyeblast upload to be sure it sticks around, and sticks to the AGW movement like bloody flesh after an explosion. (It’s also uploaded to my account.) If you want to see a demonstration of that, watch this appalling video that shows global-warming enforcers imagining the world they’d like to create, but beware that it includes some disturbing — and disturbed — images:

What makes this fascinating is that the people who produce this dreck have no clue as to just how far removed they have become from normal human sensibilities, or at least they didn’t until the video began provoking the fully-predictable reaction. They have become so wrapped up in Gaia that they seem to have little connection to humanity.

The other, mainly unrelated point that comes to mind is that this represents a reductio ad absurdum of the view from the hard Left about how dissent gets treated by the mainstream American populace, vis-a-vis the Iraq war especially. Can you imagine the reaction had an organization like Move America Forward produced a video like this, where those who didn’t support a robust strategy for the war on terror were blown up by a button-pushing advocate for the strategy? Especially children in a classroom being terrorized by their teacher into compliance with the groupthink?

James Delingpole says that “eco-fascism jumps the shark”:

I predicted this morning that No Pressure – Richard Curtis’s spectacularly ill-judged eco-propaganda movie for the 10:10 campaign – would prove a disastrous own goal for the green movement.

But what I could never have imagined was how quickly public disgust – even among greenies – would reach such a pitch that the campaigners would be compelled to withdraw it from the internet. …

Unfortunately their efforts are being frustrated by people on the sceptical side of the climate debate, who keep peskily insisting on reposting the video where everyone can view it. And rightly so. With No Pressure, the environmental movement has revealed the snarling, wicked, homicidal misanthropy beneath its cloak of gentle, bunny-hugging righteousness.

The Anchoress writes that C. S. Lewis has been proven correct yet again:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.” –C.S. Lewis

Instapundit has even more.

Update (AP): Here’s the group’s “sorry if you were offended” apology. I’m surprised they didn’t plead satire and claim they were actually trying to parody the way greens are perceived by the public. E.g., “See, the joke is that some of you really do think we’re this fanatic.” But no — they are that fanatic, at least insofar as they’re suggesting climate-change skeptics are burdens to society whom we need to rid ourselves of. The “joke” is simply the exterminationist way in which the undesirables are dealt with. It’s black humor! Get it? Like Matt Welch says, stunning.

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