I believe that our resident astronomer Nicole will soon be posting about the new geocentric documentary, “The Principle,” but in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of a rant about that, plus our expectations of actors and how Kate Mulgrew is anti-abortion and that makes me even sadder. Close-enough transcript follows!
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Captain Janeway narrates documentary about how the sun revolves around the earth!! NOOOOO!
That was basically my email inbox this week as hundreds of people wanted me to know that an actress was paid to say words in a film about the earth being the astronomical center of the universe, which seemed to miss the point that there exists someone so wealthy and yet so stupid that they spent money making a film about the earth being the astronomical center of the universe.
The film is called “The Principle,” and it was created by ultra-conservative anti-semitic creationist assface Robert Sungenis to, yes, convince everyone that the Earth is the center of the universe and the sun revolves around us. As Kate Mulgrew says at the start, “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong.”
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Star Trek Voyager. I loved it the only way a reasonable person could love a show where two of the main characters devolve into lizard things that mate and have a babies before being re-evolved, and that episode won a god damn emmy.
But look, I don’t expect Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Janeway, to be Captain Janeway. She also plays a tough-as-nails Russian murderess on Orange is the New Black, and I don’t expect her to be that either. She’s an actress.
I do hope that the actors I respect make career decisions that don’t set back educational standards by several millennia, but I’m not surprised when they do.
Sure enough, everyone breathed a sigh of relief when Mulgrew spoke out on her Facebook page, disavowing the documentary. She said she’s not a geocentrist, and had she known that Robert Sungenis was involved in the project, she never would have taken the job.
I hate to rain on everyone’s parade, but there is still a documentary getting mainstream media attention that’s all about how the earth is the center of the universe. Future generations will look back at this time and laugh at us. They already are, in fact. 2nd graders are laughing at us.
Also, before you celebrate the idea that Kate Mulgrew is a staunch defender of reason, remember that she is still an outspoken anti-abortion proponent who got pregnant when she was young and went through with the birth, giving the child up for adoption. She said, “I have to be frank about my experience…I survived it.” Saying that you survived, so other people should be forced to do it, is the kind of statement that everybody nods along to if you’re talking about childbirth, but if you’re talking about skydiving then pretty much nobody is going to jump on board. Your risk of dying while skydiving is about 1 in 166,000 while your risk of dying from childbirth complications in the US is about 1 in 2,400.
So maybe just because you survived something doesn’t mean we should force everybody to try it.
And maybe playing a role on a science fiction tv show doesn’t mean we should pretend you have any increased ability to apply logic and reason to the world around us.