The creationist movie that everyone* is talking about
came out was released this weekend. Early reports have Expelled coming in 9th nationally in weekend gross, with about $3 million. That’s a lot of money, and you can color Randy Olson freakin’ impressed. However, put in the context of what the producers were expecting, it’s not so good.
That doesn’t stop Randy from pulling at Matt Nisbet and touting how awesome the creationists are and how shitty the “evolutionists” are. Fucking “evolutionists”! I’m gonna go off on a rant here, but, before I do, allow me to point out the beautiful irony that is Randy Olson. The guy comes out and criticizes “evolutionists” for being really bad at getting their message out to the general public. He even goes so far as making a movie about how shitty the “evolutionists” are at getting their message out to the general public. The entire point of the movie is about how “evolutionists” can’t communicate with the general public. Randy Olson is trained to communicate with the general public, and loves telling you about how good the creationists are at communicating with the general public. You’d think that would make Randy Olson the perfect person to communicate with the general public about evolution. Only he doesn’t; instead, he bitches about how bad the “evolutionists” are at communicating with the general public. Randy Olson can join Matt Nisbet as the official backseat drivers of science communication.
And that brings me to my rant. For a guy who’s an advocate of science, as well as a trained biologist, Randy Olson sure likes to use the creationist frames. Like “evolutionist”. Fuck it, Randy, why not just call ourselves baby eating satanists. When you use the label “evolutionist”, you’re playing right into the creationists’ game. You’ve fallen for their frame. This isn’t an issue between creationists and evolutionists — it’s between anti-science and science. That’s our frame, and that’s the truth. The wedge and all that shit are an attack on not only evolution, but all of science. If you don’t get that, you don’t understand any of this shit.
*Everyone = hard-core creationists, people who read science blogs, and 38 year olds who live in their mom’s basement.
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