January 29, 2013

The difference between doing good and doing well

Canadian Environmentalist David Suzuki is a royal asshat of epic proportions. He had to step down as head of his own foundation due to financial issues. He also has the habit of lying whenever it is convenient for him. Here is a story about a speech he gave at a small, publicly funded school. From the Canadian Sun:
EXCLUSIVE: Suzuki's latest scandal involves $30,000 and female bodyguards
We all know David Suzuki is a saint. Especially now that he's 76, and refers to himself in the third person, as "an elder." Recently, Suzuki told his fellow CBC employee George Stromboulopoulos, " I feel though, at my age, no one can accuse me of wanting more fame or power or money."

That's what he says. But what does he do? Suzuki's visit to a small junior college in Montreal last October paints a different picture.

To give a one-hour talk, Suzuki billed them $30,000 plus expenses. Add in his airline ticket, his $841 hotel bill, a photographer and other costs, and the total hit for his visit was $41,640. From a small, publicly funded school.

Suzuki also told Stromboulopoulos, "As I get older, my testosterone levels drop, and you know, I'm getting smarter because I'm not thinking about sex all the time."

That's a bit too much information, and there was some uneasy laughter when Suzuki said it. But again, his visit to John Abbott College was instructive. Suzuki had what rock stars call a "rider" - other conditions for having the great man visit.

Here is an exact quote from John Abbott College's Mary Milburn, in an e-mail obtained through access to information: "We have learned, via Dr. Suzuki's assistant, that although the Dr. does not like to have bodyguards per se, he does not mind having a couple of ladies (females) that would act as body guards in order that he may travel from one venue to another without being accosted too many times along the way.

"Why females you ask? Well, he is a male. No seriously, I believe it is his way of being discrete and less intimidating."

At least four other college staff received that e-mail. And none of them said, "that's wrong" or "that's sexist" or even "sorry, our students aren't props." They complied.

They selected ladies - female ladies, as the memo made clear. But Suzuki didn't just want to choose their gender. He wanted to make sure they were pretty.
He needs to go back to his fruit-flies. His degree is in genetics, not environmentalism. Posted by DaveH at January 29, 2013 3:54 PM