Moron of the Day, N’est-ce Pas?

I understand this woman-child had a burgeoning career before her Oscar-winning turn in La Vie en Rose last year, and I enjoyed her quite immensely as the saucy Fanny Chenal in Peter Mayle’s A Good Year. What a pity she’s irretrievably stupid:

“I think we’re lied to about a number of things,” Cotillard said, singling out the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as an example of the US making up horror stories for political ends.

Referring to the two passenger jets being flown into the Twin Towers, Cotillard said:

“We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes. Are they burned? They [sic] was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burnt for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [in New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed.”

How delightful…so pretty, an award winning actress, and a competent engineer, as well! How proud her parents must be.

She added that the towers, planned in the early Sixties, were an outdated “money-sucker” that would have cost more to modernise than to rebuild altogether, which is why they were destroyed.

She said: “It was a money-sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, by 1973, and to re-cable all that, to bring up-to-date all the technology and everything, it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them.”

The mind, she boggles. And that’s not all…

She said: “Did a man really walk on the Moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure.”

Just stand over there in the corner and look pretty, dear. We’ll let you know when we need something. Or, see if you can trade in that marmoset brain for one from a higher order of ape.



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8 Responses to “Moron of the Day, N’est-ce Pas?”

  1. MadRocketScientist Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    As an engineer who has studied structures, someone who has seen the girder layouts for the WTC and knows how they were protected from fire, and who knows how much energy a 767 has at full speed, and how hot jet fuel burns, I’d like to say this:

    If you are still of a mind that the towers were dropped by anything other than the planes flown by terrorists, you are ill-informed. If you are an engineer with a structural background and still think the planes couldn’t do it, you need to do an anal-cranial extraction and get some fresh air, or you need to go back to school.

  2. Hazel Stone Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Obviously she is NOT an engineer…

  3. Royce Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Love your blog!

    Don’t look to actors for anything reliably left-brained. They’re business is feeling, not thinking. I posted on this long ago here:

  4. MadRocketScientist Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Sorry, I just get a wee bit hot about that topic.

  5. Hazel Stone Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Not unjustified. Morons still adhering to that asinine theory need to be introduced to the Clue Bat.

  6. MadRocketScientist Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Make no mistake, I am no fan of BushCo, but persons buying into and perpetuating idiocy just because it satisfies their prejudicies makes me want to dig out my spiked ClueBat, now with 15% more Spikes.

  7. Drumwaster Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Just more of the “I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel” nonsense.

    I remember an interview I saw with Bradley Whitford (most recently of “The West Wing” fame), and he was asked a question about politics. His response was priceless: “Whaddaya asking me for? I’m an actor. That’s like… like two steps up from a trained monkey.”

    I’ve always respected him for that ever since.

  8. Nate Says:
    March 3rd, 2008

    Yeah…that whole “fire wouldn’t melt steel” thing kinda boggles me. Within an hour or so of the collapse, I had come to the conclusion that the structure had failed because of the fire — and I’m not a structural engineer. Anyone who’s banged on hot steel knows that it gets relatively plastic WAY before it gets liquid. Hot beams becoming plastic coupled with the loss of several load bearing members kinda obvious isn’t it…I mean…really…isn’t it?

    I can only guess that (1) not as many people bang on hot steel as they used to and (2) people don’t take real physics — or something.


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