Everyone had said Expelled was THE film. The creationists said this would defeat “Darwinism” and the Disco Tute banked on it. What they didn’t bet on was the legions of smart people who would step up to the plate to say it was nonsense. I even know creationists who believe what the film has done is just plain stupid. A friend of mine, who strongly believes in God and creationism, has said that the film itself was despicable, although he’s admitted to being a fan of Ben Stein, and has called him… Erm… Smart. Not my choice of words, but I can respect that.
I hate to say it, but it is.. honestly… over.
Although Expelled took in a whopping $1 million in its opening weekend (compared to $23 million for a Michael Moore movie that opened in less theaters), critics say that it’s a failure. Not only did it fail commercially but remains one of the lowest rated movies of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.
I made a whole blog for this? I spent countless hours raving and ranting for this?
I’m not sure how they’ll spin it. Whatever spin they give it, $1 million dollars doesn’t even pay for the $3 million they used making this masterpiece (heh heh). Even with the monster “controversy” it caused, the huge crowds of raving lunatic creationists who shouted (and remain shouting) “DOWN WITH DARWINISM”, et. al. they couldn’t make any significant impact commercially or critically. I expect the usual suspects (Tools: Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Rick Santorum of Failure Failing Failed, Inc.) will be raving lunatics over the subject matter in every form.
We might even see (gasp!) public debate on the issues raised in the film. Like overuse of “Darwinism”, misuse of the freaking holocaust, the tricking of scientists, the illegally used songs and bits of film, etc.
Overall, this film has failed. In fact, I expect that someone will cite this film in a court case against evolution, for ID, what have you, and Mark Mathis and company will love it. They will be at the edge of orgasm by the time it actually hits the courts. Then they’ll be shot down in flames when it fails, and shout “BIG SCIENCE!!” as yet another “activist judge” (read: Christian conservative) rules their bullshit just that: bullshit.
I’m grateful that this movie came out, actually. It’s given me dedication to something, it’s given me something to be devoted to. It’s given me a reason to fight for science. It’s given me a lot more than it’s given the producers. In fact, all it’s given the producers is the title of “idiots of 2008” and no doubt a ton more enemies (myself included). Maybe they should consider the forces of little science, like myself, on the level of big science.
If anyone has learned anything from my blog, it should be that creationism may be true, but it’s not scientific. Furthermore, they should realize that evolution isn’t just a theory. It’s just a theory and a fact.
Will this be my final blog? Of course not. This film will be beaten like a dead horse in the coming months and someone has to hold up the stop sign to Ben Stein (lol). Even if it wasn’t, someone has to stand up to the bad board of educations out there, someone has to stand up to all the anti-intellectuals, and so forth. That someone is now me. But I don’t ever expect to do it alone. Nor do I expect that I even came close to making a valid contribution to this case. All I expect is that I did my part, and I hope you did too.
My final word for Expelled right now would have to be… a few words, actually: your foolish compulsions sent you to the grave.
How does it feel to fail, Mark Mathis? Ben Stein? Intelligent Design?