There, I said it. I find him to be one of the more annoying public figures of the last couple of decades. Why? Can’t really put my finger on it, but I think it has something to do with morality backed by copious ego. To be fair, there aren’t many politicians I could claim I do like, so I guess it’s par for the course. But Al just has a way of rubbing me the wrong way; from the 1980′s Tipper and Al music rating theatre, to Al inventing the Internet, to the whole campaign of the year 2000. It was painful for me to write an entry where I felt I had to defend him a few weeks ago when he was getting hammered as a hypocritical energy pig.
The confession I have here today is that I finally took the time last night to watch the film An Inconvenient Truth. I’ve been procrastinating, not because I have any particular trouble with the message, but I just couldn’t bear 90 minutes of Al. I procrastinated so long, it left movie theaters, it ended up on my NetFlix queue toward the bottom, but slowly worked to the top of the list. It was shipped two weeks ago and sat in my office while I tried not to watch it. Finally, I couldn’t stand my proclivity for procrastination any longer and broke down to watch the movie.
For someone with my interests and passions, it is a good film to watch and the message is pretty crisp, though I could have done without all the “Al” moments. I guess whatever I feel about Al, it’s not that important because I do respect that he’s taking the time (and the criticism) to be a later day Paul Revere getting the message out about global warming as the impending threat rather than the British.
So I guess that’s it. If you’re like me and have an aversion to Al, see the film anyway. It’s worthwhile. And even if you don’t like the man, it’s impossible to deny the message.