You Must Be Kidding Me, Roger (UPDATED: …And Maybe You Are)

UPDATE:  Okay, everyone– before you read on, let me say this: Roger Ebert may be entirely crazy… or he may have just earned my respect 100 times more than before.  Here’s the scoop…

Earlier tonight, I posted the following bit with a link to an outrageous piece he published on his blog today…

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“Okay, guys–

This isn’t directly related to TV and screenwriting, but it IS directly related to Roger Ebert… whose opinion I previously respected (even if I didn’t always agree with it).  But I had to put this out there…

This is undeniable, irrefutable proof that our parents were right… watching too many movies rots your brain.

Like, REALLY rots it.

I will NEVER take this guy seriously again.

CLICK HERE and brace yourselves… I’m not sure if this leaves me confused, saddened, or absolutely terrified…

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I’m not gonna lie… I totally believed it was real… and apparently,
judging from all the chatter on the Internet, so did a bunch of other
people.  But now, no one seems so sure.  Is it real, or have is he totally punking us?

If it’s the latter, and I’m starting to believe that is, then I have to give Ebert props for being awesome.  I love this kind of Borat satire, comedy that illuminates ridiculousness and hypocrisy by embracing and heightening it (although I admit– it’s funnier when I’m not the one falling for it). 

Check out this 2005 article Ebert wrote, in which he seems to be a pretty strong opponent of Creationism.  And many sites point out that Ebert has defended evolution in the past (I’m not gonna link to them all because there’s too many, but a quick Google search will give you plenty).

Anyway, the jury’s still out on whether or not this is real.  But I’ll say this… it has everyone talking.  So if it’s intentional satire, I applaud Ebert 100%… BRILLIANT.  If it’s intentional NON-satire, and honest commentary… then I stick to my “confused/saddened/terrified” position.  And if the site was hacked… well… I guess Sarah Palin’s a better computer geek than I ever gave her credit for.

So the question is… REAL?  NOT REAL?  SINCERE?  SATIRICAL?  Whaddaya think?

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3 thoughts on “You Must Be Kidding Me, Roger (UPDATED: …And Maybe You Are)

  1. DJG

    Yes. It’s all true. Here’s how Ebert figured it out. If you take Einsteins theory of relativity and multiply by 4X the law of gravity, you will get the get the night of Oct. 23rd for when the earth was created. However you do have take into account the Coperican Revolution. You see, in 4000 whatever BC everybody thought the earth was flat. That would cause a variance of several minutes of when the birds started flying…flat vs. curvature.

  2. KK

    It’s clearly a joke. His answers show how silly creationism really is. For example, if every animal in existence today had an two parents on the Ark, there would have been more than 10,000 animals on the ark. How silly is that?