Bizarre real-life TV interview ‘Don’t Look Up’ style – Deadline

“It’s deliberate blindness, and it will kill us.”

This is how climate activist Miranda Whelehan described the attitude of presenters like them Good morning Great Britain who this week literally refused to face the facts about climate change she presented to them.

Her interview with the show’s Richard Madeley and Ranvir Singh hit a nerve online, with many comparing the segment to the TV interview in Do not look up where Jennifer Lawrence’s character says, “We’re trying to tell you that the whole planet is being destroyed!” and the interviewer, played by Cate Blanchett, replies, “It’s just something we do around here, keep the bad news light!”

But GMB hosts did not just escape. The interview became a three-on-one, attack-the-messenger segment. The two hosts and another guest appeared to characterize Whelehan himself – who is part of a protest group that has peacefully blocked oil terminals in the UK as part of a campaign to get the country to remove the oil – as a single-minded, inexperienced and out of touch hypocritical.

The 65-year-old Madeley rejected the much younger Whelehan’s argument, not based on its benefits, but he hinted because it was “quite childish.” He called the protesters’ slogan “Just Stop Oil,” simplistic or, as he put it, “very playground-like.”

Whelehan replied, “The answers is actually very simple – we need to stop new oil licenses. With the oil reserves we have now and the oil fields we have that are still going on, that would give us eight years of oil. “

Good morning Great Britain the idea of ​​a counterplay to Whelehan was to include Lowry Turner in the discussion. Turner describes himself on his website as “a well-known journalist and broadcaster who is now a qualified hypnotherapist and nutritionist.” She, like Madeley, attacked the messenger.

“The problem I have is this idea of ​​the one group of people who have decided that it is they who are going to save the world and there is a certain poe-faced who is incredibly annoying – I get it in a wave against me here – like, “How dare you ask us because we know what’s right.” With respect, Miranda is 20. I’m more than twice as old as her. I have children. I have a job, I have an elderly mother. We need to move on with our lives. “

Turner cynically described eco-activism as “about ego.”

“We’ve had a winter without protests, and now, as soon as the sun comes up, it’s time for an eco-festival. It’s a festival. It’s a jamboree. Let’s sit down with a poster. Let’s get on social media. Let’s advertise what a great person I am. ”

“I just can not believe that is what you are saying,” replied an almost speechless Whelehan. “The United Nations is telling us that if we reach 1.7 degrees warming, half the population will be exposed to conditions that are prohibitive.”

Singh interrupted, “The point is, it’s not just about saying the facts over and over again, it’s about the actual protests and the disturbance.”

Madeley then came in and asked Whelehan about her clothes.

The segment brought waves of comments, including from Do not look up director Adam McKay, who retweeted a clip and wrote: “God bless this activist for being connected to this TV creature [Madeley]. #JustStopOil I wonder how much fossil fuel advertising costs this show. Or is the host just naturally so ignorant? Or both? “

GreenpeaceUK tweeted, “#DontLookUp should be a satire. Feels pretty real right now.”

In a piece she later wrote for The Guardian Whelehan, she wrote: “The worst thing is that these presenters and journalists think they know better than chief scientists or academics who have studied the climate crisis for decades and they refuse to hear anything else. ”

You can watch the full GMB interview below.

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