Pat Sajak, the 67-year-old game show host who has served as the face of the Wheel of Fortune TV franchise for the past 33 years, came under fire for his instantly infamous global warming tweet on Monday. He was bombarded with responses ranging from the outraged to the sarcastic — but one climate change blogger may have come up with the most clever response.
As The Inquisitr told you earlier this week, Pat Sajak’s tweet, at least on its surface, came across as nothing short of inflammatory.
I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
At first, it was difficult to understand what the popular quizmaster was getting at. Racists? Chris Mooney, a writer for the liberal publication Mother Jones wondered, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, if Sajak was “channeling a strain of conservative argument best epitomized by the book Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, by Paul Driessen.”
That book attempts to make the case that the anti-global warming movement “imposes the views of mostly wealthy, comfortable Americans and Europeans on mostly poor, desperate Africans, Asians and Latin Americans.”
But as Mooney pointed out, no less an economic authority than World Bank President Jim Yong Kim believes that global warming will hit the world’s poor harder than anyone.
“If we do not act to curb climate change immediately, we will leave our children and grandchildren an unrecognizable planet,” Kim said earlier this year. “It is the poor, those least responsible for climate change and least able to afford adaptation, who would suffer the most.”
But as it turned out, Sajak later said that his tweet was an attempt to be deliberately provocative. Apparently he just got a kick out of seeing how global warming activists would respond. The tweet was a joke, Sajak seemed to be saying.
Sometimes it’s fun to poke a stick in a hornets’ nest just to hear the buzzing. — Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 20, 2014
As most of you know, original Tweet was intended to parody the name-calling directed at climate skeptics. Hyperbole.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) May 21, 2014
That led to one of the nation’s most prominent climate change scientists, Michael E. Mann of Pennsylvania State University, responding with a tweet of his own.
While Sajak has never been the type of celebrity who remains secretive about his conservative political viewpoints — the “unpatriotic racists” tweet was far from the first time he has openly mocked climate change science, for example — he seemed to know that he may have pushed things a bit too far this time, as he also felt the need to issue a statement through a publicist.
“Of course I was joking. Just mocking the name-calling that is directed at global warming skeptics within and without the scientific community,” Sajak said in the statement.
But it was climate change blogger Greg Laden who got off the cleverest reply to the Pat Sajak tweet heard ’round the climate science world.
— Greg Laden (@gregladen) May 20, 2014
Finally, another climate change advocacy group, Forecast The Facts, has started an online petition to persuade Pat Sajak to meet with a climate change scientist so that the game show host might better understand the evidence — accepted by 97 percent of the research community — that global warming is indeed a real phenomenon.