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May 08, 2004

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jeff

moore addresses some of the b.s. that's been peddled on this site and others:

Moore: Here are my favorite nuggets that have come out of the mouths of their spinmeisters (roughly quoted):

"Michael Moore has known for a year that we will not distribute this movie, so this is not news." Yes, that is what I thought, too, except Disney kept sending us all that money to make the movie. Miramax said there was no problem. I got the idea that everything was fine.

"It is not in the best interests of our company to distribute a partisan political film that may offend some of our customers." Hmmm. Disney doesn't distribute work that has partisan politics? Disney distributes and syndicates the Sean Hannity radio show every day? I get to listen to Rush Limbaugh every day on Disney-owned WABC. I also seem to remember that Disney distributed a very partisan political movie during a Congressional election year, 1998—a film called The Big One… by, um… ME!

"Fahrenheit 9/11 is not the Disney brand; we put out family oriented films." So true. That's why the #1 Disney film in theaters right now is a film called, KILL BILL, VOL. 2. This excellent Miramax film, along with other classics like Pulp Fiction, have all been distributed by Disney. That's why Miramax exists -- to provide an ALTERNATIVE to the usual Disney fare. And, unless they were NC-17, Disney has distributed them.

"Mr. Moore is doing this as a publicity stunt." Michael Eisner reportedly said this the other day while he was at a publicity stunt cutting the ribbon for the new "Tower of Terror" ride (what a pleasant name considering what the country has gone through recently) at Disney's California Adventure Park. Let me tell you something: NO filmmaker wants to go through this kind of controversy. It does NOT sell tickets (I can cite many examples of movies who have had to change distributors at the last minute and all have failed). I made this movie so people could see it as soon as possible. This is a huge and unwanted distraction. I want people discussing the issues raised in my film, not some inside Hollywood fracas surrounding who is going to ship the prints to the theaters. Plus, I think it is fairly safe to say that Fahrenheit 9/11 has a good chance of doing just fine, considering that my last movie set a box office record and the subject matter (Bush, the War on Terror, the War in Iraq) is at the forefront of most people's minds.

tallglassofmilk

<< Let me tell you something: NO filmmaker wants to go through this kind of controversy. >>

Then why did he admit he did it as a publicity stunt?

Also, none of those things you mentioned that Disney distributes are attempts as passing off a bogus piece of entertainment as a documentary.

I would have expected so much moore from you on this...

jeff

you're right... rush limbaugh peddles pure fact and so does hannity... you'll have to excuse me while i laugh myself to death...

ps: i'm gonna boycott disney b/c they distribute political commentary i disagree with... wait... actually, i won't because i'm not a fascist...


tallglassofmilk

Previous comment deleted as it was not a legitimate comment by a reader but simply a repost Michael Moore's latest open letter which we are all capable of finding on our own.

If you got something more to say Jeff, just say it. And in your own words.

If you want to help Michael Moore spread his propaganda, get your own blog.

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