March 26, 2003
Michael Moore on the fictitious times we live in
Michael Moore's brilliant Oscar acceptance speech has made me want to go see his film:
I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to -- they're here in solidarity with me because we like nonfiction. We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much.
Fantastic. Too bad they turned up the sound to fade him away while they let other people babble away for much longer. Nonficition is obviously not politically correct on the Oscar's... (via enger.priv.no
Very much looking forward to seeing his movie. However, I think Michael Moore needs to get over the fact that Bush won in 2000. The independent counts came back, Bush won Florida, move on and vote against him next November with everyone else. Everyone watching the Oscars wants to take a break from all the brain-numbing war coverage on TV. While I have no problem with expressing anti-war sentiments, a lot of other winners did it with much more class. He should have thanked his mother instead of making a blowhard ass out of himself.
"Everyone watching the Oscars wants to take a break"
I think this comment is particularly apt, though I'd like to extend the meaning to suggest that many people involved in the Oscars have been 'taking a break' from reality for a very long time. Every time I see a commercial describing how the oscars gives us a wonderful peek into the Glamorous Lives of the Superstars, who live each day like it was a dream, amazing clothing, fine champagne and strawberries, all happy happy happy! When its actually all a big lie, they have just as many problems as we do, they are just regular people with a job. Unfortunately, their job requires that they work all the time, whenever they can be seen by anyone but their family, they have to take a break from their little reality and pretend.
So I think michael moore's outburst did a great job of reminding everyone, most uncomfortably, that they were all 'taking a break'. And it pissed them off. "Way to play the game, mike!" Oh well, he's not a game player anyway (at least, not the same game most of the hollywood folks play, there are some who would argue he is definately playing a game (see 'truth about columbine' link above)).
Celebrities choose their line of work. No one forces them at gunpoint to wear couture, eat at the poshest restaurants, and have their faces plastered on posters all over the free world. Plus, they get $50,000 gift bags for free for appearing for 30 seconds on the Oscars, among their other status-related perks. That's more than most "normal" people make in one year!!! I really have no sympathy for them. If they don't like the fame and the scrutiny, they should move out of LA, stop cavorting around town showing off their "bling-bling" diamonds and consorts, and ride horses and do yoga on a ranch in Idaho.
I knew Michael Moore when he ran the Flint Voice. He is as phoney as George Bush. They are both after the almighty dollar anyway they can get it!
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