posted on Aug, 30 2004 @ 06:13 PM
Has anyone seen this yet? I got it in an email:
You may recall, the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas "threw out" Linda
Ronstadt for her anti -American stance and song dedication, while
performing one evening this last July. Well, this action caused Michael
Moore (Director of "Fahrenheit 9/11") to send a strong letter of
complaint to Bill Timmons (President of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino).
Here is his letter, and the reply from Mr. Timmins. After reading the
letter, PLEASE read Mr. Timmons' response............it is excellent!
"Open Letter to Bill Timmins, President Aladdin Casino and Hotel Las
July 20, 2004
Dear Mr. Timmins:
I understand from the news reports I've read that, after Linda Ronstadt,
one of America's greatest singers, dedicated a song to me from your
stage on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove
her from the Aladdin, which they did.
What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in
the United States. And in the United States, we have something called
"The First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the
right to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as
sacred. Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives
to defend it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have
been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.
For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to
say a few words in support of me and my film is simply stupid and
Un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening. I
read that you wouldn't even let her go back up to her room at your
hotel! Are you crazy? For crying out loud, it was a song DEDICATION! To
"Desperado!" Every American loves that song! Sure, some people didn't
like the dedication, and that's their right. But neither they nor you
have the right to remove her from your building when all she did was
exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind.
Of all the things that go on in Las Vegas, this is what creates the need
for serious action? What about the other half of the crowd at the
Aladdin who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, cheered her when she made
her remarks? Did you throw them out, too?
I think you owe Ms. Ronstadt an apology. And I have an idea how you can
make it up to her -- and to the millions of Americans you have offended.
Invite her back and I'll join her in singing "America the Beautiful" on
your stage. Then I will show "Fahrenheit 9/11" free of charge to all
your guests and anyone else in Las Vegas who wants to see it.
Mr. Timmins, as the song "Desperado" says -- "Come to your senses!" How
can you refuse this offer? I await your reply.
Michael Moore, Director
Response to Michael Moore's, "Open Letter to Bill Timmins, President
Aladdin Casino and Hotel"
July 21, 2004
Attention: Michael Moore,
In response to your letter dated July 20, 2004: You are correct that I
had security remove Linda Ronstadt from Aladdin Casino and Hotel where
the fun never ends and everybody wins.
How very interesting to learn you are such a fan of Ms. Ronstadt. You
questioned where I live and surprisingly knew Las Vegas is in the
UnitedStates. You should visit it sometime. There are thousands of
wonderful 'All You Can Eat' buffets.
There are also a lot of casinos who's owners don't **** around. I am
aware of the First Amendment and you have the right to talk about your
hatred of America but once you are on my property and you are upsetting
my guests, you will quickly learn about my rights.
I can't remember if it was Jesus or George W. Bush that said, "Freedom
is a two-way street." Ms. Ronstadt learned this long before I had her
thrown out of my casino. You question my actions? If you come onto my
property and upset my guests, you will receive the same, if not worse,
treatment than Ms. Ronstadt received. I am sure your mere presence would
upset my guests.
You claim your film, "...is all about asking the questions that should
have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way." I
think your film does nothing but aid the enemy and hurt our troops. You
have betrayed our troops, our leader and America. I have no respect for
you or your vision of what America should be.
I paid Ms. Ronstadt to entertain my guests, not divide them. The half
that did not leave probably thought the verse you mentioned, "Why don't
you come to your senses" was addressed to you. Maybe she should have
dedicated her song,'You're No Good' to you. I would have asked her back,
had she done that.
Regarding your request for me to apologize to her, have you and her on
my stage singing anything about this Country and then playing your piece
of **** film is ludicrous!
One of my workers is currently throwing away every complaint letter from
brainless followers of you, claiming they will never visit my Casino. I
could not be more pleased to know my casino and hotel will always be
void of the kind of people who support you. Meanwhile, my hotel has been
quickly booked solid for the rest of the year with true Americans who
love this Country and support our efforts overseas.
They will see a framed copy of your letter and my response in the lobby
to ensure they begin their experience with a laugh.
Bill Timmins, President
Aladdin Casino and Hotel Las Vegas, NV
I found the email midly amusing, but still support Moore's argument because the First Amendment should not be violated in the way that it was, after
all, she did wait until the encore to bring up her political views anyway, so the people had already gotten their moneys worth.