Written by: Rob Van Winkle, CC2K Staff Writer
The rampant celebrity fawn-fest known as the Nobel prize has reached a new nadir this week, when their most prestigious award – The Nobel Peace Prize – was given to an actor.
Al Gore, a former politician turned performer most widely recognized for his guest appearances on Futurama and a 1998 episode of Mad About You, was recently named the 2007 Peace Prize winner for a little known documentary detailing a power-point presentation.
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When pressed for comment, the Prize Committee – no doubt flush with autographed hats and posters – could only muster this explanation:
"Al Gore has for a long time been one of the world's leading environmentalist politicians. He became aware at an early stage of the climatic challenges the world is facing. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted."
While this would seem to intimate that Gore was given the prize for his tireless advocacy for the environment, which he began during his days in Congress and has continued unabated for well over 25 years, other experts think that the committee members were merely dazzled by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim's glamorous movie-star wife.
Whatever. What's done is done. Now…can I vote for this guy for president yet?