This article at Inside Higher Ed does a good job of summarizing the new “Intelligent” Design movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Is it just me, but does anyone really think that chronic D-list Republican celeb Ben Stein is really a “powerful new weapon” in the war to admit pseudo-science into public school classrooms? He had an amusing cameo in a movie that came out when Historiann was in High School, twenty-two years ago, which was itself amusingly parodied by “Ferris Bueller” himself in Election (1999). But, who really cares what Ben Stein thinks about anything? He’s not that smart, and not that popular with High School kids, or anyone else, these days.
But then if what you’re selling is “Intelligent” Design, then maybe Ben Stein is “powerful,” in the way that ID is “intelligent.”
UPDATE: It’s a regular John Hughes revival today: tonight, All Things Considered did a story about the character “Long Duk Dong” from Hughes’ 1984 movie, Sixteen Candles, and the controversy over the racist stereotype of Asian men he (at the instigation of writer/director Hughes) revived and embodied. (Don’t miss the link to Adrian Tomine’s 2001 graphic story, “The Donger and Me”–it illustrates the burden that Long Duk Dong was for Asian American boys in the 1980s.) And here’s something from the department of “you’re getting old, dude”: the actor who played Long Duk Dong, Gedde Watanabe, is fifty-two! Check it out–after all, how many times have you had the opportunity to hear an NPR reporter use the expression “butt-cut” on the air?