Michael Moore Hates America

November 23rd, 2004 | by Sqotty |

Michael Moore Hates America. That’s the name of the new documentary by Minnesotan Michael Wilson.

Why does Michael Moore hate America. This is the question that Wilson asks in his film. Wilson opens with some background on himself, and the values that his father had instilled in him. That you can achieve anything you want, if you work at it. And, indeed, this ends up being the real theme that underscores the entire film.

Wilson traces the footsteps of Moore and his several “documentaries,” interviewing many of the same people that Moore interviewed for his last two films. He even catches up to the main subject of his film during a lecture held at the University of Minnesota. He captures the exchange on film, where he is cursed at by Michael Moore, and shouted down. Wilson is not daunted. After leaving the auditorium where Moore was speaking, he interviewed several Moore fans, and although they were still supporters of Moore, they seemed to think that Wilson should indeed get his interview with the large M. and M.

The film and its maker also take us to Canada, the land that Moore claims everyone still leaves their doors unlocked. Wilson tried several doors, and, yes, he did find ONE door unlocked. The rest were secure.

He then visits the same bank that Michael Moore visited in the filming of Bowling for Columbine. You know the one. It’s the bank that Moore staged his opening a bank account and walking out of there with a rifle. Now, of course, this has been discussed in the news from time to time, and debunked as a manipulation of what the bank in question was really doing, however, now it is in a documentary, with interviews of the bank staff Moore hoodwinked into co-operating with his film, on his terms. They are not happy with Moore.

It is revealed in this new film that the bank, although it was giving out the bank for opening an account with certain restrictions, the guns were not kept at the bank, but in a secure vault 300 miles away, and that the normal process was that the bank’s customer would fill out the required federal background check forms, and the gun would be shipped to a licensed firearms dealer from whom the customer would pick up his chosen rifle. He also lied to them about what the topic of his film, and it was not until the release of Bowling for Columbine that they found out they had been hoodwinked.

Wilson also visits Flint, Michigan, Moore’s self-proclaimed hometown. Funny how the residents don’t really came him as a native son. Wilson interviews many people here, and none of them seem to think particularly well of him. He spends sometime interviewing a young man who has started his own coffee grinding business, and a woman who is from the distinctly poorer side of town, as well as other area residents. They all believe the same thing: If you work at it, you can make it. It may be difficult, but it can be done.

In Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore used footage of an American soldier returned from duty in the Middle East. Wilson also spends time with this same soldier, a man who lost both of his arms in the service of his (our) country (thank you for your service). It struck me that this soldier was a trifle ticked at how Moore used footage of his hospital stay in his film.

Wilson also covers his crusade to get an interview with Michael Moore, but never succeeds. Moore will not see him

The list of people appearing in interviews for Wilson’s film is long, form Penn Jillette (spell) to Dinesh D’Souza and Mark Kennedy (Congressman from Minnesota).

Two catch phrases stand out in this film. One interviewee said, “Michael Moore is a culinary Pinocchio. When ever he lies, he gains a pound.” Another came up with the line that if you take all the shrillness out of the political dialog, everyone would end up sounding like John Kerry. I think he has something there.

This film is not just for those who hate Michael Moore, but for those who want to be exposed to his true nature, thru the dismantling of his films and thru interviews with many people that were at events depicted in Moore’s recent movies.

The film ends with Wilson asking several of his interview subjects the question of what they would ask Moore if they had a chance. Probably the most profound response came from the bank group: Moore identifies all these problems with our society: Why don’t you do something to help those in need? Good question. Moore has made an exceptional amount of wealth; so why won’t he use it to help these people in need instead of living in the lap of luxury as he does?

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