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alleging a $300,000 agreement for him to appear in printer commercials and to give a speech at a company event was withdrawn because of his views on global warming.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.”
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.