Adam McKay responds to Don’t Look Up reaction

Adam McKay

Adam McKay
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The conversation about Adam McKay’s latest Netflix hit Do not look up has been like pretty much every other big conversation sweeping across social media in recent years – that is, it has been hard, divisive and loud.

McKay also did not necessarily shy away from that noise when he responded to the mixed reviews of the film – starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as astronomers discovering that a giant climate change metaphor is on its way to Earth – on Twitter a few weeks left, notices that he was “Love all the heated debate our movie,” but that, “If you do not have at least a little glow of fear that the climate is collapsing (or that the United States is tipping) I’m not sure Do not look up makes any sense. “

The response to this tweet was, yes, bitter, divisive, and loud, as various people argued that McKay was suggesting that anyone who did not do like his film – who found it e.g. scattered in his comedy and ineffective in his attempts at satire – and therefore did not care about climate change.

“Which is completely ridiculous,” it said Anchor Manager told IndieWire this week. “No human would ever say that. I have to laugh because it’s just out of the movie.” (McKay’s co-author of the film, journalist and political speechwriter David Sirota, went a lot further on his own Twitter account, after stating that the media did not like the film because of its highly critical attitude to the way stories of climate change and other new horrors of the 21st century are reported.)

McKay: “Suddenly it was as if I was saying that critics can say nothing, and of course they can. It is important to have debate and passionate critics. We live in a time like no other, and stories are a part of it. People should hate them, love them, go back and forth. We welcome the negative reviews. I actually think it’s really good that people have to fight and be passionate about it. ”

For what it’s worth, McKay makes it clear in this recent interview, as he has done elsewhere, that his fear of climate change and humanity’s lax reaction to it comes from an honest place. “It’s actually the biggest threat in human history,” he notes, describing sleepless nights considering the global rise in temperature that is expected to happen over the next few decades.

He also outlined his ideal viewer for the film: West Virginia centrist Democrat Joe Manchin, who has spent a decent portion of his recent tenure in the Senate blocking White House efforts focused on reducing energy consumption and other green initiatives.


My sweaty fever dream of a situation would be that Joe Manchin sat down with his family and thought, “Let’s see this, it’s supposed to be a comedy, my kids like Leonardo DiCaprio, my grandchildren like Ariana Grande.” And then comes the end. My dream would be for Joe Manchin to feel it in his bones for a second. For just a second!

McKay noted that he is trying to call his time back on Twitter at the moment.


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