Now that Expelled! No Intelligence Allowed, the movie, exists, we wait not so quietly for the other shoe to drop. I’ll tell you in a moment what that other shoe is going to look like and where it is going to drop. First I want to make a couple of topically linked but otherwise discombobulated comments.
First, I want to express my heartfelt warm fuzzies for all those of you who have come out to tell me “Yes, Greg, you are an asshole, but that’s OK. In fact, it’s what we love about you” and shit. Appreciate it.
Second, you did notice that the take for Expelled! fell short of the expected 3 million because far fewer people went to see it on Sunday. Is this evidence that this really was a church going crowd? Makes sense to me.
Third, if anyone has the opportunity to get free copies of Expelled! please seriously consider doing so. They’re not really free copies, they cost someone something. Don’t worry about the distribution numbers. It would be nice to say “Yes, they claim to have given away 3 million copies, but we happen to know that 1.2 million of them are in PZ Myers’ Garage because we send them to him.” … or words to that effect.
(Anybody remember the AOL disk retort? There was a movement to ship several hundred thousand AOL disks … the ones mailed to everyone, stuck to every magazine cover, and so on, to the president/owner/CEO/whatever of AOL. As I recall at one point a giant dump truck showed up at the guy’s house and piled a zillion floppy discs on his nice suburban lawn….)
OK, now on to serious business. Here is the other shoe dropping on Expelled!, now that it exists:
1) Make a movie and release it (check)
2) Offer the movie to teachers and schools for free, like they did with Al Gore’s movie. (I just checked, the Expelled web site is not making any offers yet, but wait for it, it WILL happen.)
3) Stealth creationist or otherwise misguided teachers will show Expelled! in Biology Classes, get in trouble, and the practice will be stopped.
4) In school district after school district, policies will be proposed and very frequently implemented regarding political documentaries. When it comes down to it, they won’t be shown generally. Much easier to make a policy against political documentaries generally, like there are policies against expressive tee-shirts generally in some schools, than to fight over Ben Stein vs. Al Gore.
So, no more Inconvenient Truth, The Corporation, or Flock of Dodo’s for the kiddies.
This, folks, is the real reason this movie was made. Mark my words.