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Anchorman director to sell Sex Panther prop in climate fund auction | Climate crisis

It may smell like pure gasoline, but now it can help Just Stop Oil. An Anchorman director sells the movie’s original Sex Panther cologne (“Yes, it’s made from pieces of a real panther, so you know it’s good”) to raise money for climate change protesters.

The props are just one memento from the personal collection of Adam McKay, who also wrote the climate satire Don’t Look Up, up for auction to raise money for the Climate Emergency Action Fund.

Other items for sale include a role in his next movie, his prized vintage Marvel comics, and autographed vintage basketball cards, including a one-of-a-kind 1980 Topps Bird, Erving, Johnson leader card. The card was signed by the actors who played Larry Bird (Sean Patrick Small) and Magic Johnson (Quincy Isaiah) on the HBO series Winning Time.

Adam McKay holds up a climate clock during a climate change protest in Los Angeles last year.
Adam McKay holds up a climate clock during a climate change protest in Los Angeles last year. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP

McKay said: “People in Hollywood are auctioning things they have collected for various reasons: bankruptcy, divorce, death, impending death, etc. As for me, I am scared by the ongoing climate emergency. Take advantage of my deep existential fear and get something cool so we can raise money to fight for action!”

The fund gives money to the A22 network, a group of 11 organizations in 11 Western democracies, including Letzte Generation (Germany), Derniere Renovation (France), Ultima Generazione (Italy) and Just Stop Oil (UK).

Isolate Britain, whose roadblock protests last fall polarized public opinion but sparked a national debate over its demand for every home to be insulated, was also funded by CEF.

The majority of CEF donations come from wealthy individuals and family foundations. It all started with a $500,000 donation from Eileen Getty, granddaughter of Jean Paul Getty, whose petrochemical empire made him the richest man in the world, sparking controversy in the world of climate activists.

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