Comedian George Carlin and actress Jamie Lee Curtis both suggested that the devastating wildfires raging in Southern California shouldn't come as a surprise.
Offering his provocative opinion on The View Wednesday morning, George Carlin paraphrased an old rant of his, and characterized the fires - which threaten many celebrities' homes as well as millions of others - as payback from Earth.
"People are selfish," he said. "These people with the fires, floods and everything, they overbuild, they put nature to the test, and they get what's coming to them."
Joy Behar replied, "That's a little harsh, George."
But the 70-year-old comic continued:
"People think nature is outside them. They don't take into [themselves] the idea that nature is a part of them." Pointing to his chest, he said, "Nature is in here, and if you're in tune with it, like the Indians, the balance of life, the harmony of nature, if you understand that, you don't overbuild, you don't do moron stuff."
Well, then. Al Gore, he's certainly not. But what we think he's getting at is that environmental conservation should be higher on some people's priority lists.
Jamie Lee Curtis gave a similarly grim assessment of the situation, suggesting people are in "ultimate denial" about what they're doing to the planet.
"Global warming, combined with people building houses in places they shouldn't, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera," she said.
"It just compounds to become, as they call it, a perfect storm experience here. It's not by accident. It isn't an act of God. It is an act of man."
Except for the fact that similar fires have taken place for eons and a natural disaster is only termed as such when people happen to live nearby.
Perhaps Curtis feels that everyone of Southern California, Florida, Louisiana and should relocate? Well-intentioned as they might be, this pair should leave the political analysis to Barack Obama and focus on their careers.