DIVORCE, PENGUIN STYLE
Within the licentious world of popular entertainment, one film that has been hailed by folks of all stripes is March of the Penguins. However. for some the film is more than a dramatically shot nature documentary. The right has hailed the film as a parable of traditional values as well as an argument for “intelligent design,” the anti-evolution theory du jour.
So, here’s director Luc Jacquet throwing some cold water on the Michael Medveds of the world in the Times Online:
“‘If you want an example of monogamy, penguins are not a good choice,’ Luc Jacquet told The Times. ‘The divorce rate in emperor penguins is 80 to 90 per cent each year,’ he said. ‘After they see the chick is OK, most of them divorce. They change every year.’… ‘For me there is no doubt about evolution. I am a scientist. The intelligent design theory is a step back to the thinking of 300 years ago. My film is not supposed to be interpreted in this way. Some scientists I know find the film interesting because it can be a good argument against intelligent design. People should not jump on these bandwagons.'”