Hollywood producers have signaled a potential blackballing of actress Penelope Cruz and her husband, actor Javier Bardem, after the Spanish couple criticized Israel for its offensive on Gaza.
In July, Bardem and Cruz signed an open letter decrying the“the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army.”
The letter blames the latest bloodshed on the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
“In Frank Miller’s influential 1986 series The Dark Knight Returns, Batman drags an unconscious perpetrator up to a rooftop, and hangs him upside down with his eyes covered. When the bad guy wakes up, Batman begins to question him, and then uncovers the guy’s eyes. Hundreds of feet above the city, the bad guy starts to scream in terror, prompting our hero to ruminate smugly about how much fun he’s having.
Last year, in the film Olympus Has Fallen, the American agent played by Gerard Butler stabbed a North Korean bad guy in the knee to get him to talk. The audience at the preview I attended cheered enthusiastically.”
But this is hardly the only part of the moviemaking industry that is incredibly wasteful. Some efforts at sustainable production may seem trivial at first glance. As cultural leaders, the cutting edge that people naturally look to in their off-hours, the movie industry has a responsibility to promote sustainability.
By simply issuing reusable water bottles and filtering water thousands of plastic bottles can be saved. This practice is good for your home as well. Water bottles are extremely wasteful and the plastic leaches into your drinking water to boot.
Productions that are green-friendly are demanding LED lighting systems, saving massive amounts of electricity. Hybrid cars are in wide use, and these should be phased out in favor of electric.
We are an insanely wasteful culture, destroying the natural ecosystems at unprecedented rates. This should matter to you.