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Glenn Beck Explains His 'Antichrist' Comment, We Explain the Rest of It

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:04PM
One of the weirder entertainment feuds, one even weirder than the famed Nipsey Russell-Herve Villechaize knife fight of 1976, has emerged in our midst.

A few days ago, Oscar winning director James Cameron got extra chatty with a Hollywood Reporter, er, reporter and let loose on anti-global warming zealots and Glenn Beck (and no, that last sentence wasn't meant to be redundant). It got so heated and ridiculous that it made me wish 'Celebrity Deathmatch' was still on the air and not in the claymation format.

Beck, of course, heard the comment in which Cameron claimed Beck had once referred to him as the "Antichrist". Beck dove into his archives, found the rather un-Christian reference he made towards the 'Avatar' director and post a full response to Mr. Cameron on his Wednesday show.



Of course, that's not the whole story.

In reality, yes, Beck was making a joke about Cameron being the "Antichrist" and Cameron took it more seriously than he should. Hollywood egos are among the most fragile substances in the universe. Just breathing on them in the wrong direction can cause them to collapse faster than an IKEA "Benno."

However, the comment Beck made wasn't just a lighthearted rant on the annoying sounds of Celine Dion's paint-peeling screechiness or the three-hour megaton of boredom that was Cameron's epic movie. If you read the rest of the transcript from Beck's CNN Headline News show, the reference was part of an intro to a story about a religious documentary produced by Cameron.

'The Lost Tomb of Jesus,' executive produced by Cameron and directed by Simcha Jacobovici, was a controversial documentary, which aired in the States on the Discovery Channel, about some interesting and some say questionable archeological findings about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Beck mentioned the uproar this film caused to launch into a rant about modern Christian persecution and conduct an interview with then-Catholic League president William Donohue, who basically denounced the film and the findings as a fraud.

So does this prove that Beck is a cover-up artist and liar? No. It was just an off-handed comment made as an editorial kicker for one of his many stories. Even though Beck made his stance clear that he believes in the resurrection story, the "Antichrist" reference in question was referring to other people who were critical of his documentary. This was barely worth the five minutes of airtime it got on a "news" network.

Still, I just enjoy getting the full disclosure on a cable news story when I can get my grubby, ink-stained hands on it. After all, the 24-hour news cycle is pretty pressed for time these days and fact checking must eat up a good fifteen or 20 minutes. Don't worry Fox, that one was on the house.

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SUSAN

James who?????? Beck tells it like it is!!!!

April 10 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theogsters

Beck is a clever entertainer. Along with Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, et al, he understands the simple minded, dumbed-down comment sells. Says a lot about his audience.

April 10 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eugene

yeah, calling someone the antichrist is just a joke. You know, like when random angry muslim guy calls the US the Great Satan, just a joke, don't get so worked up about.

If your feeling are hurt, it's your fault you have such a huge delicate ego. The person who spews such verbal vomit for a living should take no responsibility for their own actions.

March 26 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
socrates

Oh a crazy egomaniac dissed a megalomaniac -- yeah, i see the funny -- wait who gives a crap

March 26 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BugKiller

Hey Danny,

Yeah, Beck is a moron. We all know it.

But why don't you use an equal amount of time checking up on, disparaging, Keith Olbermann, someone who is equally, if not more of, a moron, who's record of non-truth-telling rants is even worse than Beck's?

My advice to you: leave your bias at the door. Be like Matt and Trey. Use your powers of ink-stained, grubby hands to check up on everyone.

That's the best thing about being a moderate, strict-Constitutionalist.

I get to call EVERYONE on their bullshit. :-)

March 26 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
const

Oh joy, yet another stock TV Squad post about an evil conservative who is being taken on by a righteous liberal.

March 26 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Marcus Gorman

It doesn't seem like you actually read the full article.

March 26 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy_MO

Oh, joy, yet another whiner who thinks TV Squad should be apolitical. If you'd bothered to read the post you would see that he doesn't paint Cameron as a righteous liberal in the least. In fact, he take a nice shot at Hollywood egos. Of course, the very same can be said of Glen Beck and all the other Conservative talkers who can dish it out by not take it.

March 26 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kohnjrug

O used to not hate Glen Beck. Now I like him. That was pretty funny.

March 26 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckly

I don't understand how anything could have hurt James Cameron's giant ego. It would be like shooting a pellet gun at the sun.

March 26 2010 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Creep

Beck eats poop. That's why he's always talking crap. See, that was a joke. Laugh!

March 26 2010 at 2:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick R

Can't we all just agree that Beck and Cameron are both kinda morons?

Now... Who wants ice cream?

March 26 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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