"It's vain blindness, and it's going to uns."
Climate activist Miranda Whelehan drew the attention of presenters like those who, this week, refused to face facts about herself before them.
Many are comparing the segment to the TV interview in Don't Look Up, where Jennifer Lawrence's character says, "We're trying to tell you that the entire planet is going to be destroyed!" and the interviewer, played by Cate Blanchett, replies, "Keep the bad news light!"
The hosts at GMB did not just avoid the interview, which began with a three-versus-one attack-the-messenger segment. Whelehan herself, a member of a protest group that has successfully blocked oil terminals in the United Kingdom, was described as a simple-minded, inexperienced man and out of touch hypocrite.
Madeley, a 65-year-old, denied the much-old Whelehan's argument not on its merits, but because it was "quite childish." He called the protesters' slogan, "Just Stop Oil," either simplistic or "very playground-ish."
Whelehan said, "The answers are very simple, so we must stop imposing further oil licensing." With the oil reserves that we have now and the oil fields that we have that are still going, that would give us eight years of oil."
Lowry Turner, a well-known journalist and broadcaster who is now a certified hypnotherapist and nutritionist, was approached by Good Morning Britain as a counterpoint to Whelehan.
"It's the one thing that I have about one group of people who have decided that they are the ones to save the world, but there's a certain poe-faced very irritant I am getting it in a wave toward me here like, "How dare you question us because we know what's right." Miranda is 20. I've grown older. I've got a job I've got an elderly mother. We must carry on with our lives."
Turner cynically described the eco-activism as "about ego."
"We had a winter without protest and now, as soon as the sun comes out, it's eco-festival time. It's a festival. It's a jamboree. Let's sit down with a placard. Let's take a peek at what I am. "It's not a bad thing. It's a bad day. I'm so glad I haven't," says the author. "We've got a winter without protest,"
'The people that the campaigners should focus on is the government rather than the ordinary people,' says the group.
Lowri Turner, a journalist, claims that protesters are 'incredibly irritated,' and that they should instead target the government with their demonstrations.
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A near speechless Whelehan said: "I just cannot believe that's what you're saying." "The United Nations are telling us that, if we reach 1.7 degrees of warming, half of the population will be exposed to conditions that are unlivable."
Singh replies, "The question is, it's not just about repeating the facts, but also about the actual protests and the alteration."
Madeley approached Whelehan with chimed-in.
The segment featured a large amount of criticism, including from the director of Don't Look Up who retweeted a clip and wrote, "God bless this activist for engaging with this TV creature [Madeley]. #JustStopOil I wonder how much fossil fuel advertising this show takes. Or is the host just naturally that clueless? Or both?"
God blesses this activist for securing his spot with this TV equipment.
Adam McKay (@GhostPanther)
GreenpeaceUK said that "DontLookUp was supposed to be a satire." Right now, it's feeling pretty real.
The purpose of this episode was to be a satire.
Right now, you're feeling pretty good.
Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK)
Whelehan wrote in her later appeared for The Guardian: "The worst part is that these presenters and journalists believe they know better than chief scientists or academics who have been studying the climate crisis for decades, and they refuse to hear anything else."
Watch the entire GMB interview below.