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    My Oscar "Backlash": "Stupid White Men" Back At #1, "Bowling" Breaks New

    April 7, 2003

    Dear friends,

    It appears that the Bush administration will have succeeded in colonizing
    Iraq sometime in the next few days. This is a blunder of such magnitude --
    and we will pay for it for years to come. It was not worth the life of one
    single American kid in uniform, let alone the thousands of Iraqis who have
    died, and my condolences and prayers go out to all of them.

    So, where are all those weapons of mass destruction that were the pretense
    for this war? Ha! There is so much to say about all this, but I will save it
    for later.

    What I am most concerned about right now is that all of you -- the majority
    of Americans who did not support this war in the first place -- not go
    silent or be intimidated by what will be touted as some great military
    victory. Now, more than ever, the voices of peace and truth must be heard. I
    have received a lot of mail from people who are feeling a profound sense of
    despair and believe that their voices have been drowned out by the drums and
    bombs of false patriotism. Some are afraid of retaliation at work or at
    school or in their neighborhoods because they have been vocal proponents of
    peace. They have been told over and over that it is not "appropriate" to
    protest once the country is at war, and that your only duty now is to
    "support the troops."

    Can I share with you what it's been like for me since I used my time on the
    Oscar stage two weeks ago to speak out against Bush and this war? I hope
    that, in reading what I'm about to tell you, you'll feel a bit more
    emboldened to make your voice heard in whatever way or forum that is open to

    When "Bowling for Columbine" was announced as the Oscar winner for Best
    Documentary at the Academy Awards, the audience rose to its feet. It was a
    great moment, one that I will always cherish. They were standing and
    cheering for a film that says we Americans are a uniquely violent people,
    using our massive stash of guns to kill each other and to use them against
    many countries around the world. They were applauding a film that shows
    George W. Bush using fictitious fears to frighten the public into giving him
    whatever he wants. And they were honoring a film that states the following:
    The first Gulf War was an attempt to reinstall the dictator of Kuwait;
    Saddam Hussein was armed with weapons from the United States; and the
    American government is responsible for the deaths of a half-million children
    in Iraq over the past decade through its sanctions and bombing. That was the
    movie they were cheering, that was the movie they voted for, and so I
    decided that is what I should ackno
    wledge in my speech.

    And, thus, I said the following from the Oscar stage:

    "On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan (from
    Canada), I would like to thank the Academy for this award. I have invited
    the other Documentary nominees on stage with me. They are here in solidarity
    because we like non-fiction. We like non-fiction because we live in
    fictitious times. We live in a time where fictitious election results give
    us a fictitious president. We are now fighting a war for fictitious reasons.
    Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or the fictitious 'Orange Alerts,' we
    are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And,
    whenever you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, you're time
    is up."

    Halfway through my remarks, some in the audience started to cheer. That
    immediately set off a group of people in the balcony who started to boo.
    Then those supporting my remarks started to shout down the booers. The L. A.
    Times reported that the director of the show started screaming at the
    orchestra "Music! Music!" in order to cut me off, so the band dutifully
    struck up a tune and my time was up. (For more on why I said what I said,
    you can read the op-ed I wrote for the L.A. Times, plus other reaction from
    around the country at my website

    The next day -- and in the two weeks since -- the right-wing pundits and
    radio shock jocks have been calling for my head. So, has all this ruckus
    hurt me? Have they succeeded in "silencing" me?

    Well, take a look at my Oscar "backlash":

    -- On the day after I criticized Bush and the war at the Academy Awards,
    attendance at "Bowling for Columbine" in theaters around the country went up
    110% (source: Daily Variety/ The following weekend, the
    box office gross was up a whopping 73% (Variety). It is now the
    longest-running consecutive commercial release in America, 26 weeks in a row
    and still thriving. The number of theaters showing the film since the Oscars
    has INCREASED, and it has now bested the previous box office record for a
    documentary by nearly 300%.

    -- Yesterday (April 6), "Stupid White Men" shot back to #1 on the New York
    Times bestseller list. This is my book's 50th week on the list, 8 of them at
    number one, and this marks its fourth return to the top position, something
    that virtually never happens.

    -- In the week after the Oscars, my website was getting 10-20 million hits
    A DAY (one day we even got more hits than the White House!). The mail has
    been overwhelmingly positive and supportive (and the hate mail has been

    -- In the two days following the Oscars, more people pre-ordered the video
    for "Bowling for Columbine" on than the video for the Oscar
    winner for Best Picture, "Chicago".

    -- In the past week, I have obtained funding for my next documentary, and I
    have been offered a slot back on television to do an updated version of "TV
    Nation"/ "The Awful Truth."

    I tell you all of this because I want to counteract a message that is told
    to us all the time -- that, if you take a chance to speak out politically,
    you will live to regret it. It will hurt you in some way, usually
    financially. You could lose your job. Others may not hire you. You will lose
    friends. And on and on and on.

    Take the Dixie Chicks. I'm sure you've all heard by now that, because their
    lead singer mentioned how she was ashamed that Bush was from her home state
    of Texas, their record sales have "plummeted" and country stations are
    boycotting their music. The truth is that their sales are NOT down. This
    week, after all the attacks, their album is still at #1 on the Billboard
    country charts and, according to Entertainment Weekly, on the pop charts
    during all the brouhaha, they ROSE from #6 to #4. In the New York Times,
    Frank Rich reports that he tried to find a ticket to ANY of the Dixie
    Chicks' upcoming concerts but he couldn't because they were all sold out.
    (To read Rich's column from yesterday's Times, "Bowling for Kennebunkport,"
    go here: He
    does a pretty good job of laying it all out and talks about my next film and
    the impact it could potentially have.) Their song, "Travelin' Soldier" (a
    beautiful anti-war
    ballad) was the most requested song on the internet last week. They have
    not been hurt at all -- but that is not what the media would have you
    believe. Why is that? Because there is nothing more important now than to
    keep the voices of dissent -- and those who would dare to ask a question --
    SILENT. And what better way than to try and take a few well-known
    entertainers down with a pack of lies so that the average Joe or Jane gets
    the message loud and clear: "Wow, if they would do that to the Dixie Chicks
    or Michael Moore, what would they do to little ol' me?" In other words, shut
    the f--- up.

    And that, my friends, is the real point of this film that I just got an
    Oscar for -- how those in charge use FEAR to manipulate the public into
    doing whatever they are told.

    Well, the good news -- if there can be any good news this week -- is that
    not only have neither I nor others been silenced, we have been joined by
    millions of Americans who think the same way we do. Don't let the false
    patriots intimidate you by setting the agenda or the terms of the debate.
    Don't be defeated by polls that show 70% of the public in favor of the war.
    Remember that these Americans being polled are the same Americans whose kids
    (or neighbor's kids) have been sent over to Iraq. They are scared for the
    troops and they are being cowed into supporting a war they did not want --
    and they want even less to see their friends, family, and neighbors come
    home dead. Everyone supports the troops returning home alive and all of us
    need to reach out and let their families know that.

    Unfortunately, Bush and Co. are not through yet. This invasion and conquest
    will encourage them to do it again elsewhere. The real purpose of this war
    was to say to the rest of the world, "Don't Mess with Texas - If You Got
    What We Want, We're Coming to Get It!" This is not the time for the majority
    of us who believe in a peaceful America to be quiet. Make your voices heard.
    Despite what they have pulled off, it is still our country.


    Michael Moore

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    thanks for posting this.
    ::: everything in it's right place :::

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    Houston, Texas, United States


    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything...
    Why can't I change my displayed name back to Ashaki?

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    He is lying his ass off.
    Message Board \"Has Been\"

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    Jun 2001


    Originally posted by Ghost Of Donger:
    He is lying his ass off.
    heard some new stuff lately?

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    los angeles, ca


    Y A W N

    LA Woman

    Be like Water my Friend...Bruce Lee

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    Dec 2002


    interesting read

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    Mar 2001
    Brussels, Belgium


    nice read.. always good to hear him voice his opinions..

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    Originally posted by Ghost Of Donger:
    He is lying his ass off.
    His numbers are all correct. I listened to an NPR show this morning analyzing his and Michael Savage's current successes, and they went into a lot of these same numbers.
    With desire, the world is tied down. With the subduing of desire it\'s freed. With the abandoning of desire all bonds are cut through.

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    the book " Stupid white men " is a great read. I would suggest you all to get it.
    “Jiu-Jitsu is the triumph of human intelligence over brute strength.” Grandmaster Helio Gracie

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    Aug 2001


    good one yo...nice to read a spirited defense of ones opines.

    **** the war ( btw..we control all of the country -according to the pentonews - yet still no WMD, i hope this ain't like a new jersey trooper shooting [ooops])

    and **** our fearless leader "w"
    As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.

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    Jun 2002


    Originally posted by andrea:
    Y A W N

    she has a point kids.

    You can't deny she's pretty smart. Check this stuff off her website:

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    Sep 2001


    "Fahrenheit 911 -- the temperature at which freedom burns". -- Michael Moore.
    I bet you argue with yourself just to make a point. -- bkny11203
    I only debate my equals, all others I teach. -- John Henrik Clarke
    Frustration leads to long-term memory -- anonymous

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    mdpm99 Guest


    Originally posted by Ashaki:
    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything...
    How true!




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