Take Your Kid to Work Day

February 28, 2006

There’s a movie coming out in March – Thank You for Smoking – that sounds pretty funny. Here’s a boiled down synopsis:

The hero of THANK YOU FOR SMOKING is Nick Naylor (AARON ECKHART), chief spokesman for Big Tobacco, who makes his living defending the rights of smokers and cigarette makers…Nick goes on a PR offensive, spinning away the dangers of cigarettes on TV talk shows and enlisting a Hollywood super-agent (ROB LOWE) to promote smoking in movies…Nick says he is just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage, but the increased scrutiny of his son (CAMERON BRIGHT)…may force him to think differently.

If laughter is the best medicine, this is the kind of tonic I need: to be able to laugh at the things I find so abhorrent in our culture. Every time I come upon a website or industry trade group or individual who has dedicated their life to fighting for the right to pollute, or the right to make teething rings out of toxic substances, or the right to test pesticides on children, or gutting the Endangered Species Act, or selling off National Parks, I think: How can these people look their children in the face when they come home at night? What do they tell their children about the work they do? What kind of fancy Jedi mind tricks must they do to reconcile their aims with the world’s children, including their own?