It’s OK everyone, we are saved! The AFP reports that the great and the good of Hollywood are having a meeting in Los Angeles. What will this four-day summit address? The fact that they can no longer rely on superhero movies to fund the cocaine? The lack of original IP making it to the big screen? The breakdown of the current streaming model? No. There will be a four-day meeting for Hollywood to formulate a strategy to tackle climate change.
According to the report, thousands of stars, directors, and writers will convene via private jet and limousine, at some huge venue made out of steel and concrete, for a conference with scientists and activists. The goal? To encourage movies and TV shows to use their influence on audiences around the world to produce outcomes relating to climate change.
Having been told by audiences to stop sexually grooming their kids, or undermining the traditional nuclear family, it looks like Hollywood has decided it needs a new mission so it can once again return to telling us, the little people, how they are just better than us. In a statement, the co-founder of the summit TV writer Ali Weinstein said:
“Hollywood is an extremely powerful industry. We are on the precipice of cultural change in many ways. Every single person on earth is being affected by the climate crisis in some way. If we’re not showing that in our day-to-day content, that content is science fiction.”
Another co-founder, Heather Fipps, added:
“We see this as a huge problem because, for the most part, people on average spend more time with television and film characters than they do with their own families. We are activists operating within the entertainment industry. The entertainment industry is hypocritical. It hasn’t done enough. It is really important for us to steep our fictional worlds in our reality.”
Of course, Jane Fonda is a keynote speaker at the conference. We wonder if Leonardo DiCaprio will arrive by mega-yacht, fresh from dumping another girlfriend before her 25th birthday. The event lapses into some kind of sitcom parody set on a University campus when you see that other speakers include Patti Gonia – Intersectional Environmentalist Drag Queen, and Isaias Hernandez – Environmental Educator and Creator of QueerBrownVegan.
For the avoidance of doubt, I am actually a committed environmentalist and have been for a very long time, actually before most people featured on the summit website were born. But I am also a realist and a long-time observer of Hollywood.
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