In the days this week before Britain suffered record-breaking temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius – or 104 degrees Fahrenheit – GB News host Bev Turner took lightly a meteorologist’s warnings about the coming heat wave in a TV interview that bears a striking resemblance to the much talked about the fictional TV interview in Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated film Do not look up. In fact, a fearless Twitter user cut the two scenes together, and made McKay weigh himself in. See below.
In the GB News interview last week, British meteorologist John Hammond warns that while last week it was almost perfect 20 degrees Celsius – or 68 degrees Fahrenheit – “At the beginning of next week you can scratch 20 degrees. It may well be 40 degrees. “I think there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of unnecessary deaths next week. The overviews I can see in front of me are frightening.”
After making a few more dismal points, Turner interrupts: “So John, I want us to be. happy about the weather, and I do not know if anything has happened to meteorologists to make you all a little fatalistic and warn of doom. “
She continues, “All the broadcasts, especially on the BBC, every time I turn on, someone talks about the weather and they say there are going to be tons of fatalities. But have we not always had hot weather, John?
An apparently unbelieving Hammond responds with scientific data and several warnings about transit narrowing and workplace difficulties – most of which turned out to be true.
You can see it below.
Of course, Hammond was right in his primary counts as well: the temperature peaked at 40 degrees at London’s Heathrow Airport and over 1,500 people died across Europe as a result of the heat wave.
The exchange is eerily reminiscent of that of Jennifer Lawrence’s astronomer in Do not look up explodes on screen after hearing the happy dismissals of Cate Blanchett’s news anchor, even when a massive comet hits Earth.
In fact, a Twitter user cut both scenes together to a devastating effect. See below.
McKay himself weighed in with, “There are clips like this from quite a few European countries floating around, but not some from the US. Why? Because the US mostly has no material discussions with climate activists or researchers on broadcast news.”
– Jānis Lācis (@Lidotajs) July 19, 2022
This is not the first time comparisons have been made between the scene in McKay’s film and a climate change – centered interview on British television. There was another in April that McKay also responded to.