Spiritual guru and former Democratic presidential hopeful Marianne Williamson is once again turning heads online.
During a recent episode of her podcast, Williamson spoke effusively about the time she used the film Avatar to influence Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. Her comments drew no shortage of criticism and snickers.
And now, the self-styled "spiritual thought leader" is clapping back at her critics.
1/ I’m trending tonight because people are mocking a clip of my conversation with Jim Cameron where I told him abou… https://t.co/KdWefsmKwu— Marianne Williamson (@Marianne Williamson)1617156608.0
2/ I told Jim it was a very powerful moment & people in the room were nodding their heads. I told him that some of… https://t.co/55lhnIc0e2— Marianne Williamson (@Marianne Williamson)1617156792.0
Williamson's flap with the so-called "pseudo-intellectuals having a hoot" began with a video clip from her podcast—The Marianne Williamson Podcast—in which she interviewed Avatar filmmaker James Cameron.
As she told Cameron, it turns out Avatar was so impactful Williamson even brought it up to a group of Middle East peace activists she met with in Israel.
In the clip, Williamson tells Cameron she told the peace activists:
"Well, you know, the Great Mother doesn't choose sides. According to Avatar, the Great Mother doesn't choose sides. She's there to protect the balance."
Like all of us probably would, Cameron asked how the activists—who are engaged in negotiating arguably the single most intractable geopolitical and religious conflict in the history of mankind—responded to Williamson's suggestion about what a CGI sci-fi film about blue aliens with electric tails might have to say about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
"They nodded. And I think it was because some of them had seen Avatar."
But of course, it seems more like those nods might not have meant what Williamson thinks they mean.
The internet naturally had a field day dunking on her.
imagining Marianne Williamson in a room with “Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers” saying “well, according to Avata… https://t.co/AGZm44k9FV— Aman(k)da Seyfried Oscar Campaign (@Aman(k)da Seyfried Oscar Campaign)1617156081.0
So Williamson fired off a Twitter thread chiding her critics for mocking her ideas when decades of establishment politicians have been unable to solve the problems in the Middle East.
4/ Well I have this to say about the Middle East. Our political establishment has not solved the problem, and it wi… https://t.co/jLAv70jVnP— Marianne Williamson (@Marianne Williamson)1617157057.0
She's certainly got a point there, but the idea Avatar is the key to centuries-old conflicts is, you know, a bit of a stretch.
So let's just say Williamson's clapback didn't do much to cool down the Twitter roasting.
Former US presidential candidate Marianne Williamson clarifies her remarks on the movie Avatar and the Israeli-Pale… https://t.co/pVWMDGYozZ— Adam Lucente (@Adam Lucente)1617225482.0
Marianne Williamson being just OBSESSSED with Avatar is exactly the same energy that 2021 is bringing— Helen Schultz (@Helen Schultz)1617208497.0
I just need to know if she means avatar the last air bender or avatar the blue people?? https://t.co/rgxheDNgML— Alyssa (@Alyssa)1617167727.0
marianne williamson please come over to my house we have tarot cards I'll make you roasted potatoes— aj (@aj)1617147265.0
But she was not without her boosters.
Some people thought she had a point.
If you actually listen to Marianne Williamson, instead of listening to what spin doctors (liars) say she says, she… https://t.co/969Z7cE1sv— Dean Krosecz (@Dean Krosecz)1617191624.0
We can never again apologize for being empathetic and speaking what others are to afraid to admit to themselves. Lo… https://t.co/WGGPNCqgps— honey. (@honey.)1617181260.0
I used to be the kind of person who would mock @marwilliamson. I don’t always agree with her now but she’s a lot sm… https://t.co/P1xigYFkL6— The Old Vic (@The Old Vic)1617172342.0
@marwilliamson Keep speaking radical truth Marianne. At a much deeper level they know you are right.— Sandy Fisher (@Sandy Fisher)1617157281.0
Williamson is surely right about one thing.
The approaches world leaders have taken so far certainly haven't worked. Maybe they just haven't seen enough movies?