Blasblog: Fighting The Green Fight—Loudly-------
To celebrate the brand’s fifth series of luxury hybrid vehicles, the suits at Lexus had a fabulous idea: host a party in New York City for eco-conscious celebrities (including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kevin Bacon) and conduct a little debate on whether or not this whole global warming thing is as big of a deal as some people make it out to be. Eco advocate Amanda Little took the pro side, while filmmaker Phelim McAleer argued con, but the most sparks came courtesy of the evening’s moderator, Sarah Silverman, who, admittedly, occasionally strayed off topic in the service of a joke. Little cited the job creation associated with climate change, and McAleer said something about the pope and corporate lies—it was hard to hear over the talking, cell phone conversations, and general party atmosphere. Well, Silverman wasn’t having that: “Shut the F up” and “I hate you guys right now” were battle cries from the night’s MC, though she did also have some good points, like that her father could assist with natural gas (har har har), and my favorite line, “The finger-pointers of global warming are often standing on a pile of shit.” Gretchen Mol, Emmy Rossum, and Matthew Settle tried to get close enough to participate, but by the time they worked their way beyond the bar they gave up; Zach Braff gave up, too, and started heckling a few of Jon Stewart’s correspondents from The Daily Show. All’s fair in love and the environment, I guess. And then, at the end of the night, Paul Sevigny and the MisShapes took the decks, the hipsters hit the dance floor, and it was back to parties as usual.
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