Saturday, 27 February 2016

Look at me


Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Bugatti Veyron last year. An absurd car which does about 10 mpg but here is what Arnie wrote on his Facebook page.

There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.

I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.

I'm guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice - who would ever want to breathe those fumes?

This is the choice the world is making right now.

It is easy enough to criticise double standards and Arnie has been criticised many times, along with numerous other celebrities who talk the talk but never walk the walk. 

Yet to my mind people such as Arnie know what they are doing. They know their supporters and detractors and they also know how little leakage there will be from one camp to the other when stories such as this inevitably reach the public arena.

It really doesn’t matter to Arnie. He can adopt the environmental mantle but doesn’t have to swap his ludicrous car because his supporters will overlook it and his detractors don’t matter. In their own way his supporters are probably just as dishonest as he is but Arnie has the money to add a touch more chutzpah.

By the way, to my eye that car looks like a little boy’s idea of the ideal sports car, not an adult’s. 


Derek said...

I had one of those, it was called a Cunningham. I used to race it against Ferraris, Maseratis and Coopers across the school playground.

It got a bit chipped in the process.

wiggiatlarge said...

He's in very good company, this eco nobs reaction, or his minders when asked a question on his lifestyle says it all and yet they still get to speak at the top table.

James Higham said...

One must be a boy first.

Demetrius said...

But where does he put his Zimmer Frame?

A K Haart said...

Derek - all I remember from those days are a Studebaker Golden Hawk and Bluebird.

Wiggia - yes, DiCaprio must be one of the most outrageous celebs in this respect.

James - I'm sure he was a boy once. Or maybe twice.

Demetrius - perhaps he has special powered trousers instead.

Derek said...

AKH I had those too! And several more which I remember. Which begs the question: why do some folk not remember their childhood below the age of 7yrs or thereabouts, and others have intimate memories of cots, prams, and cold enamel potties?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Let's put him in a room with the electric motor and also the power station that powers it, and see how he gets on. That would be a fairer test.

And no bloody windmills allowed, unless their required backup is in there too.

A K Haart said...

WY - he wouldn't say "I'll be back" after that.