October 7th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Green group sends message by blowing up kids - on film

Gillian Anderson before the gore in "No Pressure."

There are ways to get out one's message about saving the planet.

Then there's pretending to blow up schoolchildren.

The British environmental group 10:10 apparently chose both. 10:10 published a short film on its Web site last week that has supremely bombed with a lot of people. The group removed it and apologized.

"No Pressure" depicts climate change naysayers, including schoolkids and famous footballers, getting blown up. Chunks of red fake flesh shoot at the camera. Kapow.

Richard Curtis directed. He is the same person who brought the world "Notting Hill."

The film is so violent - and the violence happens so unexpectedly - that CNN has chosen not to post it here. But it's widely available on the Web and is drawing lots of attention.

P.S. At the end of the film, "The X-Files' " Gillian "Scully" Anderson implodes. It's the least disturbing scene.

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  1. will

    So it's just like the acciona video found here?
    :
    http://www.youtube.com/experiencere

    October 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tony

    Awesome.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Typical of the EnviroNuts. I believe in doing ones part to save the planet and not be wasteful but with these whacks there's No Pressure but if you don't agree you need to die. I whole heartedly believe they'd be more than willing to kill anyone and everyone in the name of their precious cause. Idiots.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sally from Belfast

    It is a common feature of extremists that they believe they are doing it in a good cause; that the ends justify the means. If your cause is saving the world, is it not logical that any means necessary are justified to achieve it? We have a problem in my country with animal rights protesters who have taken to terrorist methods against businesses they oppose. James Jay Lee did it in America. Greenpeace recently used the "we know where you live" line to warn deniers.

    Extremists who believe it actually go that far are a small minority. But their presence has an influence on the wider environmental movement.

    There is a tendency towards intolerance and dehumanisation of dissent. An attempt to make it socially unacceptable, evidence of stupidity or malice, not worth listening to.

    And it's already happened. Teachers already do political advocacy for Green politics, and it would be a brave child who stood up against a teacher and the rest of the class to express a contrary view. Employers already do the same, mostly for more cynical reasons it has to be said, and there are few employees independent enough to speak up against the boss. No, mostly people will stick their hands up in support in public, and then ignore it in private. They don't believe, but they're not going to make their own lives any harder by opposing it.

    But that's just the first stage. Once you have made it socially unacceptable to speak in defence of scepticism, you can then introduce stronger methods of encouragement without anyone being able to object. Not execution, of course, but regulation and compulsion.

    And that's what scares people about this video – that it portrays a ridiculously exaggerated version of this already worrying tendency. We're not worried that their actually planning to do it, we're worried that their already in the mindset where they would find it funny. Where they don't even seem to notice that the authoritarian message it sends is horrifying.

    The scariest bit of the movie was not the explosions, but the teacher's speech leading up to it.

    But I'm sure that next time a teacher or employer tries to get people to follow along, the words "no pressure" will make an amusing and useful riposte.

    October 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chillipepper

    These environmental extremists are really scary. They see human life lower than a tree. I'm all for saving the planet but the mainstream people that are starting to be in charge of environmental issues are extremists. Ends justifies the means and if humans are in the way they would exterminate them for the good of the planet "if they had their way". That is their mindset.

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