Paul Zachary "PZ" Myers, a biologist and atheist blogger who is interviewed in the documentary, interrupted the conference call to rail about what he calls "the falsehoods propagated in the film."
Call participants, including Expelled writer Ben Stein and several producers of the film, groaned and taunted Myers before the moderator asked the prof to get off the line.
Expelled, which opens April 18, follows Stein as the former Nixon speech writer and television host looks into ongoing campus clashes between evolutionists and proponents of intelligent design.
Myers, who teaches biology at the University of Minnesota at Morris, maintains he was misled about the nature of the film before he was interviewed. Myers, who has blogged extensively about the film, elaborated on his frustrations in a follow-up e-mail after the conference call.
"The Expelled movie was made under false pretenses, and despite their claims that they did not distort my interviews or [evolutionary geneticist] Richard Dawkins' [who also appears in the film], I think that interleaving our comments with old video clips of Nazis and Hitler and Stalin is rather egregious," wrote Myers.
PZ tells the story here.
I always aim to misbehave
Posted on: March 28, 2008 5:45 PM, by PZ Myers
Some of you know that the producers of Expelled had a conference call this afternoon…a carefully controlled, closed environment in which they would spout their nonsense and only take questions by email. I listened to it for a while, and yeah, it was the usual run-around. However, I dialed in a few minutes early, and got to listen to a tiresome five minutes of Leslie and Paul chatting away, during which time they mentioned the secret code (DUNH DUNH DUNNNNH!) for the two way calls. I know. Sloppy, unprofessional, and stupid, but that's the way they work.
So … I redialed. (DUNH DUNH DUNNNNH!)