posted on Sep, 21 2004 @ 10:30 AM
Originally posted by Herman
So, because Michael Moore uses the freedom our government provides to talk about how much he can't stand America and our government, that makes him
the ideal American? Unless you're talking about literally the land of America, our government is America. America is our congress, our president,
our laws, our economic systems, our people. Because Michael Moore is using his freedom to call Americans stupid, it means that he's the ideal
American? "The dumbest Canadian is smarter than the smartest America". "The dumbest Frenchman is smarter than the smartest American" "The
dumbest Brit here is smarter than the smartest American". Yeah, he really respects our people. The only reason he stays in America is so that he
can capitalize off of the bashing of that very system. Like I said, he shouldn't be forced to leave America, he shouldn't be told that he's not
American, I just think that if he thinks so lowly of America, then I see no reason why he should stay other than that he just wants to make money, and
he knows this is the place where he can make the most.
Moore uses satire to get his point across and used IN CONTEXT, these comment were pretty funny. I am an American and I too, laugh/am amazed/am
annoyed at some of the really stupid things my fellow Americans do and believe. Is Chris Rock a racist because he makes politically incorrect jokes
about black people? Bill Maher uses satire and pokes fun at Americans--should he leave the country too? Are we all supposed to be automatons that
believe the same thing? If something is going wrong with the system, shoud we silently pack our stuff and move to another country?
BTW, most of the "Anti-American" soundbites attributed to Moore are taken out of context--he will write a whole chapter making a case for his
argument and those that oppose him will pick out the last sentence of his rant and "Americans are gullable!" will be repeated ad naseaum. Isn't
taking these out of context one of the things that his critics feel make him a dangerous and stupid man?
Moore has enraged the NRA and the right--and they are striking back with their own propaganda. If you actually read his stuff, watch his films, hear
him speak and are still insulted, then you are entitled to your opinion, but getting your facts from extremely biased books like Michael Moore Is A
Big Fat Stupid White Man (which I have read and found to be mostly misleading and inaccurate--one point--his luxury apartment in Manhattan? Well, the
average price of a modest, 1000 sq ft. 2 bedroom apartment in his neighborhood is over $1 million. It's not as if he is living with manservants,
chandeliers, and has a sprawling view. In Manhattan, a million dollars buys you a box with 8 ft ceilings and a view of a brick wall. Because he is
in the film business, he has to live in NY or LA, both are equally expensive.) makes you a victim of propaganda as well. I disagree with some of
Moore's tactics and we differ on some of the issues, but I don't consider him to be dangerous or a traitor.
As with everything presented in the media, he is showing his side of the story. Of course it is biased. Foxnews is biased. Newsweek is biased. CBS
is biased. Every media outlet has some kind of bias. And as with everything presented in the media, do your own research by taking in all sides of
the story and then make your own decisions. Without people in this country with differing opinions, there would be no debate and we would never
really know the truth. The people I would worry about are those that are trying to suppress the other side of the story, not those trying to tell it.