Stein whines in suit with Kyocera. Did God do this too?

Ben Stein Suit Says Kyocera Unit Canceled Ads Because of His Climate Views – Bloomberg.

Actor Ben Stein sued a U.S. unit of Kyocera Corp. (6971), alleging a $300,000 agreement for him to appear in printer commercials and to give a speech at a company event was withdrawn because of his views on global warming.

Stein, a movie actor, television personality and economist known for his role in the 1986 hit movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” said in a complaint filed yesterday in state court in Los Angeles that Kyocera Mita America Inc. backed out of a contract because of what the company called his “official position on various policy issues” and statements “widely attributed to him.”

Kyocera raised concerns in February 2011 about whether his views on global warming and the environment were “sufficiently conventional and politically correct,” according to the complaint.

Stein said he told Kyocera “he was by no means certain that global warming was man-made” and “As a matter of religious belief, he believed that God, and not man, controlled the weather.”

Source: Bloomberg

Stein boosted his denialist persona by doing the “Expelled” movie. He was PUBLICLY very outspoken on his anti-science views. If they were so concerned about the public image of Stein as their spokesman, why would the tech company have contracted with him in the first place? Did they think people would not remember that? *shakes head*

Both parties are to blame for stupid decisions. Meh.

  2 comments for “Stein whines in suit with Kyocera. Did God do this too?

  1. Massachusetts
    January 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I think we sometimes over-estimate how “tuned-in” people are in the business world. A lot of people work hard, nose to the grind-stone, and don’t necessarily do a lot of outside reading or even movie-going–even people in big companies. They can easily miss something like this on a first pass, recognizing Stein as simply a colorful character they’ve seen on TV without having a sense of his beliefs.

    Also, even if they do know he has anti-science views, they might not think much of that, until focus groups or vocal opposition from other sources come into play, then they scramble to cover their tracks (baling out the boat furiously rather than making sure the leaks are patched to begin with, you might say.)

  2. idoubtit
    January 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    A little research would have gone far. There’s no excuse for anyone hiring an actor with a rep like Stein’s if they are concerned with attracting a crowd of savvy customers. He’s many times made a totally ass out of himself.

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