Billy Zane or inzane?

Holy crap! Mr. Zane, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone watching this video is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may the Flying Spaghetti Monster have mercy on you.

I haven’t heard incoherent rambling like that since Miss North Carolina:

I mean good Zeus. Did anyone understand what the hell Billy Zane is talking about? And are there even lead characters in film and television who aren’t going through transitions in their lives? That’s sort of the definition of drama and narrative, Billy. But bravo on that vacuous answer to the god question. There’s a whole lot of brain dead morons out there who eat that stuff up.

This also makes a great example of what’s the harm in nonsense. Billy Zane helps only one charity and it’s going towards total garbage that helps no one. Good job, Billy.


10 Responses to Billy Zane or inzane?

  1. laughing my butt off says:

    that was very funny . . . thanks for the laugh! You just made my day

  2. NogodNofear says:

    Are you kidding, or are you pulling our legs? I thought it was a wonderful case of brilliant cynicism. Looks as if Billy knew exactly what he was saying. And he made a fool of the interviewer, who obviously didn’t listen to his answers and who didn’t have a clue about which she questioned. Just consider if Billy really has his spiritual s*&%t together enough to answer with such absurdity to be saying (read between his lines) newage activities are stupid, and you (the interviewer) are stupid enough to believe that something like driving “kinetic energy meditation” is real, is valid, and perhaps others are doing it, too.
    And, god– “she has a sense of humor” has been my cynical way of saying, “everyone’s idea of God in the sky…” is rediculous (and other such implications).
    Again, I think Billy totally gets it, and answered the questions brilliantly. I’m jealous.
    But then, I could be wrong and he may not have a clue.

  3. michael says:

    A bit of a cheap shot, I reckon. He doesn’t say a lot more than “I find driving, cycling and yoga relaxing” couched in some luvvie language.

    And I don’t know what else his charity does but surely it’s unfair to describe art therapy (the only therapy he appears to mention in this clip) as “total garbage which helps no one”.

    • mjr256 says:

      A cheap shot? How is calling someone out on their own statements a cheap shot? If you think all he said was “I find driving, cycling and yoga relaxing”, then I urge you to listen to the clip again. And by all means Google “Kinetic Meditation” (

      Further, he implied his one and only charity was in “alternative” “medicine” rehab centers. “Alternative” “Medicine” is alternative to real medicine only in the regard that it doesn’t work. If it worked, it’d just be called “medicine.” Essentially what he’s saying is their brilliant idea is to replace one addiction with another. This approach has a long history of inefficacy, which is why real rehab centers don’t do it.

      But I would be curious to know of any lead characters in film, television, or on stage who aren’t going experiencing transformative experiences.

  4. michael says:

    Regardless of whether Mr Zane called art therapy alt med or not I would like to see evidence that it is “total garbage which helps no one”. That is what you stated after all.

    • mjr256 says:

      That would shift of proof. Now I’ll admit that my words were a bit hasty as he’s not very specific about the treatments he endorses. But he calls it “alternative medicine” which is a giant red flag. This term is universally used to describe treatments that have not been accepted as part of science-based medicine, which is a methodology of determining what works through clinically controlled trials.

      Though he’s not specific about the treatments, it’s clear that he’s referring to treatments that have not undergone or passed the scientific peer review process. If that’s the case, then there’s no reason to believe said treatments work. The entire “alternative” “medicine” movement is built on lowering the standards of evidence for what works, which is why advocates of science-based medicine don’t take so-called “alternative” “medicines” seriously. They pretty much only have a history of failure:

      But the bottom line is that treatments proven to work under proper scientific controls are never referred to as alternative. But he doesn’t give specifics, just a vague New Age-y claim that trading one addiction for another is an acceptable treatment. Now if I can see a list of scientifically controlled double blind studies which have conclusively demonstrated the efficacy of that kind of alternative treatment, I’ll change my mind.

  5. 賀寶芙 says:

    thank you for sharing those films.

  6. Nala says:

    I do respectfully disagree with the definition currently being used to describe ‘Alternative Medicines’. There seems to be a very large canopy and umbrella system in association that is slightly in accurate.

    Today, ‘Alternative Medicine’ includes Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Massage Therapies. And yes, the definition of “science” are those treatments that have been justified and duplicated through past studies using the scientific method.

    I am unsure if you believe these therapies to be ‘shams’ or not, however, I will say that the Mayo clinic released a study back in 2007 on the effects of Acupuncture on Fibromyalgia which proved once under regular conditions and once in a double blind that Acupuncture helped reduce fatigue and anxiety.

    My point is that ‘Alternative Medicine’ today is far different in reality than the way it was used in the response. I do agreeing there are yet others who have yet to have their turn at Mayo.

    However, seeing as though it took some 50+ years for the Mayo Clinic to study Acupuncture after it had been widely used for centuries; I’m not holding my breath for things like sound, art, nutritional, anything else.


    • mjr256 says:

      My definition for alternative medicine is anything sold as a medical modality that is alternative to being effective.

      The National Council Against Health Fraud stated in 1990 that acupuncture’s “theory and practice are based on primitive and fanciful concepts of health and disease that bear no relationship to present scientific knowledge.” In 1993 neurologist Arthur Taub called acupuncture “nonsense with needles.” The website Quackwatch criticizes TCM as having unproven efficacy and an unsound scientific basis. Acupuncture has also been characterized as pseudoscience or pseudomedical by: Steven Salzberg, director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and professor at the University of Maryland; Steven Novella, Yale University professor of neurology, and founder and executive editor of the blog Science Based Medicine; Wallace Sampson, clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Stanford University and editor-in-chief at the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine.

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