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Battlestar Galactica Speaks At The UN

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On Tuesday, March 17th 2009, Ron Moore, the creator of the show and part of the lead cast participated in a talk at the United Nations during the Creative Community Outreach Initiative. The initiative was started last year by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as part of an effort to get the organization’s message out to more people. During this meeting, officials and cast alike watched clips from the acclaimed show and discussed moral relativism.

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On Tuesday, March 17th 2009, Ron Moore, the creator of the show and part of the lead cast participated in a talk at the United Nations during the Creative Community Outreach Initiative. The initiative was started last year by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as part of an effort to get the organization’s message out to more people. During this meeting, officials and cast alike watched clips from the acclaimed show and discussed moral relativism.

Here is part of what thrfeed.com posted:

“This organization was founded on a very basic idea. Unfortunately, an idea viewed by some these days as being its own science fiction,” said Craig Mokhiber, from the U.N.’s office of the high commissioner for human rights. “We have been accused of being a utopian organization. In fact, we see it as the only reasonable alternative to what will inevitably be, I think, a horrific dystopian society, the kind of thing that science fiction is so good at representing, the kind of world that we do see in ‘Battlestar Galactica.’”

Mary McDonnell at the UN

“One of the tough things about the show is to constantly blur those distinctions — that really good people would do really horrible things and really horrible people would do good things,” creator Ron Moore said. “So we work very hard to get to a place where we never really wanted the audience to be comfortable with the idea that the Cylons could be redeemed … and likewise, humanity.”

Ron Moore and Whoopi Goldberg

For all the mutual agreement, at one point Mokhiber ethically slipped in the eyes of the show’s star, Edward James Olmos, when the U.N. rep dared to use the word “race.”

“You should have never invited me here,” Olmos said, voice rising. “I just heard one of the proliferative statements done by one of the great humanitarians: He’s really trying to organize and bring us together and use the word ‘race’ as if there is a Latino race, an Asian race, an indigenous race, a Caucasian race or a Latino race. … There’s only one race, and that is the human race, period.”

Edward James Olmos at the UN

P.S. Was that Whoopi Goldberg?

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One Response to “Battlestar Galactica Speaks At The UN”

  1. Michael says:

    Oh brother, no wonder the U.N.’s authority (moral and otherwise) these days is worthless. Yes, by all means, why not invite some Hollywood ass-kissers to pat themselves on the back while the World burns. “The Cylons could be redeemed…and likewise, humanity”. Uh huh. So now his pretentiousness is U.N.-certified, there’s some moral relativism for you…