Ben Stein issues disingenuous dare, will be sorry that Ebert took him up on it

By Amanda Marcotte
Monday, December 8, 2008 19:30 EDT
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What’s interesting to me is that Ben Stein did not actually want Roger Ebert to review “Expelled”. He wanted Ebert not to review “Expelled”, so that he could complain that Ebert is shunning the film, and continue to play the victim of a conspiracy to shut out the movie from being viewed. Ebert was only selected because he’s famous enough that the ignorami that make up the Christian right would understand the situation.

Too bad for Stein that Ebert is full well able to take a dare, even one offered in bad faith. For connoisseurs of the art form of the smackdown, I can’t recommend Ebert’s review of “Expelled” enough.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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