I wish this were the opening to a really bad joke ($300 Million?)…
The Rev. Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson are sitting on a couch and in walks Al Gore.
This isn’t a joke.
It’s the plot of a new commercial in the former vice president’s fight against global warming.
And it was filmed at the 57th Street beach Wednesday.
Gore and his nonprofit agency, the Alliance for Climate Protection, are pitting odd couplings – think Sharpton and Robertson – in a series of public-service announcements to draw attention to the environment. The $300 million campaign is expected to launch next week, CBS News reported. Gore talks up his views in a “60 Minutes” interview set to air Sunday.
The global issue got local Wednesday as a film crew set up scaffolding, lighting equipment and a tan leather couch on the strand, not far from the waves.
A witness said Sharpton, the grandiose civil rights voice in New York, sat on the left.
Robertson, the conservative preacher and Regent University founder, was on the right.
“It was like ‘The Twilight Zone’ seeing them sitting on the couch,” said Bill Kelly, a special events coordinator in the city’s resort office. “And then around the corner comes Al Gore.”
The public-service announcement – apparently Gore was directing – is meant to show that people who don’t agree on much can still agree that the environment is important.