Actor George Clooney taped a spoof public-service advertisement for a group that he referred to as “UDUMASS”—"United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation and Support Science”—that was featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on May 7, 2019 and has since been posted on YouTube by that program.
In his introduction to the Clooney video, Kimmel criticized the Trump administration, as Clooney himself does in the video.
“And the Trump administration has done everything they can to do nothing about climate change,” said Kimmel in introducing the tape. “They just don’t listen to the scientists.”
“Science enables us to cure diseases, communicate across great distances, even to fly,” Clooney says in the video. “Tragically though, the volumes of invaluable knowledge gathered over centuries are now threatened by an epidemic of dumb f****** idiots, saying dumb f******.”
After showing a clip of President Trump making fun of windmills, Clooney solicits support for UDUMASS.
“As a result rampant dumbf**kery now threatens our health, our security and our planet,” Clooney says. “Fortunately, there is hope--at United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation and Support Science—UDUMASS.”
Here is a transcript of Kimmel’s introduction of Clooney’s satirical video and a transcript of the video itself:
Jimmy Kimmel: “According to a new report from the United Nations, our planet is in worse shape than at any other time in human history. They say a million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction thanks to things like pollution and climate change.
“And yet our federal government, not only did they not do anything about it, they seem to like it. The Secretary of State today said, Mike Pompeo, said: Melting sea ice presents new opportunities for trade. Great! It will be very good for the kayak industry, but everyone else is screwed.
“And the Trump administration has done everything they can to do nothing about climate change. They just don’t listen to the scientists. A lot of people don’t, not just when it comes to climate change. Scientific fact is suddenly seen as some kind of partisan scare tactic, and it endangers all of us. So, one major celebrity is spearheading a new initiative to raise awareness of this foray into ignorance. And what he has to say is important. So, please listen.”
George Clooney: “Hi, I’m actor, director and two-time sexiest man alive, George Clooney. Science has given us unprecedented knowledge of the natural world, from sub-atomic particles to the majesty of space.
“Science enables us to cure diseases, communicate across great distances, even to fly. Tragically though, the volumes of invaluable knowledge gathered over centuries are now threatened by an epidemic of dumb f****** idiots, saying dumb f******.
[Cut to videotape of Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma holding up a snowball on the Senate floor.]
Inhofe: “You know what this is? It’s a snowball. So, it’s very, very cold out.”
Clooney: “Dumb f****** is highly contagious, infecting the minds of even the most stable geniuses.”
[Cut to videotape of President Donald Trump.}
Trump: “If you have any windmill anywhere near your house, they say the noise causes cancer. You tell me that one, okay. Whirr, whirr.”
Clooney: “Wow. As a result rampant dumbf**kery now threatens our health, our security and our planet. Fortunately, there is hope--at United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation and Support Science—UDUMASS. Your generous generation contribution to UDUMASS will provide desperately needed knowledge to dumb f***** idiots on Facebook and Twitter all around the world. Just $20 will convince one f***** idiot that climate change is real. $50 will teach five brainless dumbf*** to vaccinate their kids. And $200 will teach ten dip**** knuckle draggers that dinosaurs existed but not at the same time as people. Together we can win the fight against dumbf**kiness. But we can’t do it alone. Call this number today. Operators are a standing by. Don’t be a f***** idiot. The world needs your support. UDUMASS.”