Celebrities often have no problem voicing their opinions on all matters when it comes to social media, and political opinions are no exception.
Longtime Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak got some people talking on Tuesday with a tweet aimed at what he called “global warming alarmists,” adding that he believes they are “unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends.” Tell us how you really feel, Pat!
Some fellow Twitterers weren’t too taken with the comment, such as Al Jazeera America anchor David Shuster, who called on him to apologize for diminishing “the significance of actual racism.”
It’s worth mentioning that though Sajak is said to often tweet about that particular topic, he also often takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to his tweets (back in September, he and Fox News host Greg Gutfeld engaged in an amusing Twitter conversation disguised as a pretty snarky feud). When one person responded that he should have “thrown a bigot or vapid in there somewhere,” the host joked that there’s “only so much you can do within Twitter parameters.”
Zap2It reiterated this on Tuesday, noting that even if Sajak isn’t part of the group he calls “alarmist,” it’s a bit hard to tell just how serious the “unpatriotic racists” label was.
This afternoon, Sajak wrote that “sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing,” presumably a response to the buzz that his previous tweet had generated.
In another climate change-related story Tuesday, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report saying that several national landmarks across the country could be put in jeopardy due to environmental factors related to climate change, such as rising sea levels and coastal erosion.
The report raises concern over landmarks in eight states--New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Alaska--and classified icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Harriet Tubman National Monument, and the Johnson Space Center as “at-risk” due to increasing sea levels. Out west, landmarks such as California’s Cesar Chavez National Monument are said to be in danger as a result of wildfire, drought, and extreme heat.