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James Cameron on Glenn Beck: 'His ideas are poisonous'

March 24, 2010 |  1:05 pm

You gotta love James Cameron.

He never backs down from a fight. After firing off a bunch of rounds against 3-D conversions, basically calling them hack work, he still had enough ammo left to turn his sights toward the blackboard-wielding Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, who's had it in for Cameron ever since the filmmaker made the 2007 documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus." Beck, then at CNN, dismissed the documentary by saying, "Many people believe James Cameron officially has tossed his hat in the ring today and is officially running for anti-Christ."

Cameron According to this Hollywood Reporter post recounting a news conference that was held Tuesday to promote the DVD release of "Avatar," slated for Earth Day, Cameron finally returned fire, unleashing a profanity-laced tirade against Beck, calling him a "madman" along with other words I can't reprint here. Cameron said Beck was dangerous "because his ideas are poisonous," and challenged Beck to debate him on environmental issues. 

Cameron was still seething over right-wing attacks on "Avatar," which many conservatives mocked for its earnest pro-environment message and anti-military views. Cameron dismissed the attacks, saying, "They're just people ranting away, lost in their little bubbles of reality, steeped in their own hatred, their own fear and hatred. That's where it all comes from."

As for people who don't believe in global warming, Cameron added: "I want to call those deniers out into the street at high noon and shoot it out with those boneheads .... Anybody that is a global warming denier at this point in time has got their head so deeply up their [expletive] I'm not sure they could hear me."

This is just a hunch, but I think that if Cameron had been running last December's climate change conference in Copenhagen, he could have knocked a few heads together and the assembled nations would've gotten a lot more accomplished. Maybe the U.N. could make Cameron an ambassador-at-large, in charge of keeping rogue nations in line. I mean, Glenn Beck is just too easy a target. I think Cameron needs a more formidable adversary.

What do you think? I'm betting that if we sent Cameron to Iran, he could knock out their nuclear arms program in three weeks flat. Any takers?

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Photo: James Cameron. Credit: Joshua Gates Weisberg / EPA.
 

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