She’s been in the public eye for over a half of century. She is loved by millions of humans the world-over, and most likely by as many chimpanzees [if not more.] She’s our real-life Dr. Doolittle, as she was the first to teach us that our closest cousins on the evolutionary ladder are more like us than previously believed. The 1965 documentary ’Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees’ transformed this famed primatolgist into a global celebrity [who still to this day] gets up close and personal with chimps, with and without cameras.
JANE, a new documentary . . .
On the road again, at the very young age of 83, Goodall is helping to publicize a new documentary entitled simply JANE. Its title doesn’t need additional explanation, as her groundbreaking work resonates with millions over the years. Her reputation is built on a solid foundation of research and discovery with a focus on animal advocacy and speaking up for our planet's speechless co-inhabitants.
The film debuts October 16 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, with Goodall in attendance. Directed by Brett Morgen, Goodall feels the filmmaker’s approach to her life’s story is something that hasn't been shared with her fans as of yet.
"This one is different because it's the original footage which has never been seen before and it's been edited in a more realistic way," Goodall, 83, explained recently in an interview..
The film features clips from 140 hours of previously unseen film archives, which chronicles her pioneering work with apes in Africa.
Trump could be one of her subjects . . .
In today’s contentious politically-divided world, Goodall is not hesitant to voice her worldview about the current leader of the free world. In fact, she’s been vocal that Trump’s macho-blustering reminds her a lot of simian behavior.
"The way I put it is there are many politicians on the world stage today, who in their effort to rise to the top, use behaviors that are very similar to those shown by chimpanzees when they're competing for high rank.” she explained.
“Some male chimps use aggression and intimidation and others use their intellect and form careful alliances and they tend to last longer." It appears from these remarks, that Trump displays the more aggressive impulsive type of demeanor.
In fact, in a a Newsweek article, titled: “Donald Trump Is Like an Aggressive Chimp and May Not Last Long as President, Says Famous Primatologist Jane Goodall,” she notes that anyone can deduce from his actions the similarities between him and the egoistic hubris of a chimp.
If Goodall's observations in primate behavior are accurate, then, she says, it’s usually the “swaggering” chimps that fall from from their lofty treetops perches.
“[Some] chimps who are smart use their brain and get to the top by forming clever alliances, like with their brothers. So you don’t challenge the top guy without a lot of support. They last longer, the ones with the brain. The ones who do the swaggering don’t last as long,” adds Goodall.
I think Goodall has hit the nail on the head. Dear readers, how do you feel about her characterization. Do you see our leader as the Chimp-in-Chief, or one who uses his brain versus his brawn?
Primary Source: JANE, the documentary