Jack Bauer: Librul Weenie

Monday, August 06, 2007

Kiefer Sutherland, Rolling Stone no. 998, April 2006

Looks like the darling of the of the far right wing is going green.

It may sound like a publicity stunt, but Fox spokesman Chris Anderson says the network isn't after bigger ratings. "We are publicizing '24's' commitment to climate change for two reasons and two reasons only: to inspire the public to take global warming seriously and hopefully to motivate other studios to make changes to their production practices as well," he says.

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The show's electricity bills will go toward renewable-energy credits that will bring a share of wind, solar and water power to Los Angeles's grid. A diesel-powered soundstage will be converted to electricity, thus lessening the show's contribution to the local air pollution problem, and the show's five location scouts will be given Priuses to drive. Scripts, schedules and memos -- which used to be hand-delivered by car -- will be sent via e-mail.

The "24" page at Fox.com now features energy conservation tips and a public service announcement about global warming featuring Kiefer Sutherland; more information will be posted when the show airs in January. Plus, climate change will be incorporated into the series' plot (which just might scare some viewers into taking action).

But what if that action is changing the channel? As noted here, here, here, and here, Jack Bauer is the n'est plus ultra of wing-nut heroes. (I love to speak French when I talk about wing-nuts. Drive's 'em crazy.) Will they still idolize him when he starts talking like a dirty hippy?

What ever will Jack Bauer enthusiast and global warming skeptic Tom Tancredo say? Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised Kiefer himself gently nudged 24 in this direction. After all, his dad was a long-haired, rabble-rousing hippie from the old school (M*A*S*H, FTA).

And from the few interviews I've read, Kiefer has always appeared uncomfortable with the program's fascist inclinations, especially in the later episodes. Still, as a struggling actor who was one step away from a reality TV series before 24, I'm sure he's slightly uncomfortable nibbling the hand that signs his big paychecks.

But hey, whatever works. I'm not a purist. Anything that gets the mainstream audience thinking seriously about global warming is good. Maybe Jack Bauer beats up dirtbag Muslims, but at least he recycles his trash, right?

Anonymous said...

Any luck on MyLeftWing in getting Francis L. Holland banned for his nuttery and/or getting Thereisnospoon reinstated as a frontpager so that he can post more explanations about how women who kick, scream, and protest while being raped are really enjoying it? Because that's what liberal values are all about: banning comical nuts and enabling rape apologists.

Curmudgette said...

Well, if it isn't The Blogging Curmudgeon. Stopped by to malign my character for old time's sake, have we? You know perfectly well that I have not advocated Francis L. Holland's banning, and have, in fact, argued against the idea. Nor do I have any interest in seeing thereisnorape reinstated as a frontpager. All decisions made above my pay-grade anyway.

Anonymous said...

It sounded a lot like he was maligning TINS actually. I'm pretty sure we are all aware that TINS didn't say, "women who kick, scream, and protest while being raped are really enjoying it".

That's feminists for you though. Always lying about things. With a self-contradictory and bigoted ideology you kinda have to.

TINS is a conservative and a dick. He likes being part of the in-group throwing his weight around. A bully. He abused his position to threaten other members although he knew it was against the rules to delete content. He never apologised and never showed any sign of remorse and then refused to resign.

Quite an asshole but none of that is good enough for the Blogging Curmudgeon who feels he has to embellish things....?