HBO’s Stars of David are Green and Greener


On Sunday’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David’s eternally beleaguered TV wife, Cheryl, frantically calls him from an airplane phone to tell him she loves him when an extremely turbulent flight makes her think her death might be imminent. Larry, the eternal asshole, was too preoccupied with the TiVo repairman to deal with her, and Cheryl finally decides that’s all she can stands, she can’t stands no more, and she leaves him. It’s not difficult to connect the dots between this storyline and the fresh separation of real-life Larry David from his real-life wife of 14 years, the green activist Laurie David.

In the episode, the newly single Larry becomes an outcast from the couple’s social circuit (he’s made so many faux pas over the years, it’s only surprising it didn’t happen sooner). When he runs into his friend and longtime real-life ocean activist Ted Danson on the show, the following convo transpires:

David: How come you didn't invite me to your oceans fundraiser?

Danson: I don't know. I thought you were a global-warming guy.

It’s another series of in-references on the show to Larry’s ex’s cause celebre. Laurie founded Stop Global Warming Now, and produced Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. In real life, Larry has bought three Prius (Prii?), one of them for TV David (which was awarded to a global warming awareness contest winner), and Hollywood hybrids have figured prominently in the show. One episode pokes fun at Prius drivers being a “special breed” when Larry waves at a Prius driver and doesn’t get the wave back. In another episode, he deliberately crashes his Prius into someone else’s to help his comic friend Richard Lewis.

But despite Larry’s typical position on the show as the jerk, his real-life wife may be no angel herself. You, environmentally gentle reader, will probably also recall the Ecorazzi commenter’s scoop in June on Laurie David’s possible extramarital affair and environmental hypocritical behavior, which was later picked up by the New York Post, Gawker, and other media outlets. As the commenter, a neighbor of Ms. David’s on Martha’s Vineyard, put it, “The trucks and pollution stop only when Ms. Carbon Sasquatch is here for her summer vacation, making herself the center of everyone’s attention.”

Sooo… is this all good or bad for helping save the planet from environmental peril? Hey, you know what they say in Lala Land:  Any publicity is good publicity.

 

 

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