Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Let's take a detour from Ann Coulter plagiarism to Ann Coulter distortion.
From Ann Coulter's book, Godless, chapter 10, page 255:
HBO Documentary and Family president Sheila Nevins says she doesn’t "shy away from such R-rated topics as 'G-String Divas' and 'Taxicab Confessions'" but she complained of the imagined persecution she would face if she “made a movie about Darwin."
But Coulter leaves out a key word from Nevins' remarks during an acceptance speech for an award she received from the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in September of 2005, as reported by Reuters (which, strangely enough, is cited in Coulter's endnotes to the book): "now."
"If you made a movie about (evolutionary biologist Charles) Darwin now, it would be revolutionary," Nevins said. "If we did a documentary on Darwin, I'd get a thousand hate e-mails."
Coulter derides Nevins' claim with some "original Internet research."
Evidently, it isn't that hard to make a fawning movie about Darwin in Hollywood. A partial list of movies and documentaries with Darwin's name in the title on the Internet Movie Database includes:
Coulter then lists 17 titles, with the latest released in 2004 ("Darwin's Nightmare" is an Oscar-nominated documentary from Australia on the devastating ecological and sociological effects on Tanzania after Nile perch were released in Lake Victoria and gobbled up most of the other species of fish, that was finally theatrically distributed in the US a few months ago, grossing around $200,000 so far), although Nevins spoke in September of 2005.
Fourteen of the seventeen films on Coulter's list were released before the Intelligent Design friendly George W. Bush "gobbled up" the 2000 presidency with the aid of a mostly Republican designed Supreme Court.
A current search on Darwin at the Internet Movie Database only turns up one film after 2004.
However, the 2006 comedy "The Darwin Awards" which starred Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes, wasn't exactly "a fawning movie about Darwin" but an adaptation based on a Website, saluting "the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally kill themselves in really stupid ways."
After one screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the critically panned film hasn't even received theatrical distribution in the United States.
Yet another example of how Coulter slants the truth to fit her facts.
(I have a couple articles with fresh "possible plagiarism" by Coulter which should be hitting the Internet very shortly)