Climate Change TV Interview Reflects Memorable ‘Don’t Look Up’ Scene – Deadline
In the days this week before the UK hits all-time record high temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius – or 104 degrees Fahrenheit – GB News host Bev Turner shed light on the warnings of a meteorologist regarding the upcoming heatwave in a TV interview that bears a striking resemblance to the much-talked-about fictional TV interview in Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated film Don’t look up. In fact, one intrepid Twitter user cut the two scenes together, prompting McKay himself to chime in. See below.
In the GB News interview last week, British meteorologist John Hammond warns that, while last week it was almost 20 degrees Celsius – or 68 degrees Fahrenheit – “At the start of next week you can scratch 20 degrees “It could very well be 40 degrees. I think there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of excess deaths next week. The graphs I can see in front of me are frightening.
After making a few darker points, Turner interrupts him with, “So John, I want us to be happy about the weather, and I don’t know if anything has happened to meteorologists to make you all a little fatalistic and a harbinger of doom.
She continues: “All the shows, especially on the BBC, every time I turn on, everyone talks about the weather and they say there’s going to be tons of deaths. But haven’t we always had hot weather, John?
A seemingly incredulous Hammond responds with scientific data and more warnings about transit grunts and workplace difficulties – most of which have proven to be true.
You can watch it below.
Hammond was also right, of course, on his main calculations: the temperature exceeded 40 degrees at London’s Heathrow airport and more than 1,500 people died across Europe as a result of the heat wave .
The exchange is eerily reminiscent of the one between Jennifer Lawrence’s astronomer in Don’t look up exploding on screen after listening to news anchor Cate Blanchett’s gleeful dismissals even as a massive comet heads towards Earth.
In fact, a Twitter user cut the two scenes together to devastating effect. Look below.
McKay himself weighed with, “There are clips like this from quite a few European countries circulating but not from the United States. Why? Because the United States, for the most part, does not have substantive discussions with climate activists or scientists on the information disseminated.
— Janis Lacis (@Lidotajs) July 19, 2022
It is not the first time that comparisons have been made between the scene in McKay’s film and an interview focusing on climate change on British television. There was another in April to which McKay also responded.