All week long, right-wing spinhead Sean Hannity's been manically promoting his Sunday evening television show, Hannity's America, with promises of "exclusive footage of Al Gore getting of his private jet." This is presumably to prove that Gore's a hypocrite; how could the global-warming guru truly be so concerned with the environment if he squanders so much of our precious energy resources while also polluting the air, right?
Apparently, Hannity has yet to figure out that world leaders use private jets. Perhaps Hannity would like Gore to take the subway? Yeah, that's a great idea! As he's trying to save the planet, he can stand with me on the No. 1 train platform for 20 minutes, sweating like a pig in the sweltering heat, wasting time, on his way to his next stop. Better yet, next time he chairs some silly climate control forum in Europe or something, or the next time he's scheduled to meet some foreign president or prime minister, he could take the "train to the plane" and wait for his Continental coach flight with me and all the other weary road warriors. And also like me, he can watch his flights endlessly delayed and/or cancelled, and perhaps he'll arrive at his destination, like me, several hours after schedule...if at all. And then when he arrives at his destination airport he can join me for a half hour in the cab line. And if he's lucky, he might just even make his meetings. Yeah, I think this is a terrific plan for fuel-efficiency. The only problem is, it's not very efficient for time-management. I won't even get into the security issues....
For narrow-minded conservative hacks like Hannity to suggest that powerful and influential world figures like Gore should travel commercially shows either extreme naivete or pathetic partisan bashing. I feel embarrassed for him. Gore's mission is to educate billions around the globe about climate control and help bring about change. If using extra fuel on a private jet is the price we have to pay for Gore's efforts and what they've yielded in terms of showcasing this very important issue on the world stage, then that's a cost-benefit analysis with a very positive conclusion.
Now if we really want to talk about cutting down on waste, we can start with Hannity's radio and television programs. Talk about polluting the air....
On another note, we could use your help at The The Adrienne Shelly Foundation. We are a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated in my wife's honor to help carry out her spirit and passion, with the goal of assisting women filmmakers. Adrienne was brutally killed in NYC on November 1, 2006. Through the Foundation, her commitment to filmmaking lives on. We've established scholarships, grants, finishing funds and living stipends at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts/Kanbar Institute of Film; Columbia University; American Film Institute; Women in Film; the Independent Feature Project; the Nantucket Film Festival; and the Sundance Institute.
On November 12 in NYC we will be holding our first annual Fundraising Gala, with a musical performance by Alanis Morissette followed by a celebrity reading of Adrienne's script "The Morgan Stories," featuring Paul Rudd, Edie Falco, Ally Sheedy and many others. To learn more about our mission, to make a tax-deductible donation, and to sign up to receive details about the November benefit please visit our website. Every contribution helps preserve Adrienne's legacy, allows us to help others, and creates something positive out of this tragedy.
Adrienne's film "Waitress" opened in theatres May 2nd to rave reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Ebert & Roeper ("Two Thumbs Up"), Leonard Maltin and others, and has so far grossed $19-million domestically and almost $1-million internationally. The DVD will be available in November. It's a truly wonderful film that you're sure to love. A link to the trailer is below. Enjoy.