- Look at these people.
- What about them?
- They're all so comfortable with being ugly.
- They're old.
Yeah. I asked the usher to turn down the heating. He said somebody
might have a heart attack and die, and he'd be responsible. But he said
he would go in and ask.
- He went into the theater and made a public announcement?
- No. He asked an old guy in the back row with a winter coat over his lap if he'd mind if the heating was turned down.
- He said he wouldn't mind.
- So we'll have a chance being comfortable too when we go in and see the movie.
- They're all so ugly.
- You said that.
- The Writers Guild Of America.
- These old guys made all the junk that rotted the minds of the American people and got us where we are today.
- I think they had a little help in doing the rotting.
- Are you referring to our widely respected teachers, University professors, to our good old mothers and fathers?
- I was so referring.
- I see.
- What's got into you tonight? I brought you here before and you didn't complain.
And what did I see last time I was here? A movie about the Weather
Underground. The message was that violence is never justified, only
family is real.
- There are worse messages.
- Sure. But think of the timing.
- You mean the attack at the Boston Marathon yesterday?
I meant our times. In our times politics is impossible. People have no
effect on what politicians do. The 70s protest movements are being
brought back before the public only to tell people that nothing they say
or think will affect politics, and that if they even think about
revolution they'll be putting their children in danger.
- Are you advocating violent overthrow of the government?
- Right here in The Theater Of The Writers Guild Of America?
- Are you?
- No. I'm making an observation.
- How all these writers are old and ugly.
While the Writers and Teachers and all the rest of our Leaders Of
Thought are telling us that we must be non-violent and be satisfied with
being politically incapacitated, our government is going about its way,
step by step consolidating its invulnerability to influence from the
people, setting off bombs and launching missiles around the world,
knowing with certainty that innocents will be hurt, and assuring
continued terrorist attacks against our country.
- These writers just make movies.
Deeply stupid movies. In that one last week, a long-time Weather
Underground fugitive is uncovered by a reporter when another member
turns herself in. He decides he finally has to exonerate himself, and
the only way to do it is by getting another Weather Underground member
to turn herself in and tell the world he wasn't there when the innocent
bystander got killed. He sets off in search for her. After the movie let
out I stood around here in the lobby listening to the comments of the
Writer's Guild Of America members. No one noticed that the first Weather
Underground member, already turned in, could just as well do the
- Why do you think no one noticed?
- Did you notice?
- I confess I didn't.
It's because we all have been gotten used to the idea that we can't
rely on anything anyone says or does, money and opportunity arbitrate
our existence, any apparent inconsistency we explain and let pass as one
of the billion pieces of unreliable information we assault each other
- So the message of the movie is: go on being stupid, put
the thought of revolution out of your mind, think about nothing but your
private concerns, that way you won't notice that the government is
doing exactly what you are being told you can never do, use violence and
cause revolution. Are you really saying what I think you're saying?
- What's that?
- That our unwillingness to even consider revolution is making us stupid?
Let's say we care about nothing but practical life, taking care of our
families. Our government has interests of a different kind. The people
who influence the government to act in their interest don't want
something practical, they want money and power for their own sake. They
are rich enough already to have no practical problems, as they are
usually understood, problems of economic security. It would be practical
in these circumstances for the people to talk about what to do. But the
people don't talk with each other, having learned that such talk is
impractical, can lead to revolution, and put their children at risk.
- Our practicality is making us impractical.
Look around you. These people don't care how they look. They don't care
what anyone thinks of them. They don't want to please anyone by their
appearance, they don't want to please anyone by their words. Reality is
practicality, practicality the money the movies they write bring them.
The ugliest thing about them is the stupidity they don't bother to
- Like their movies.