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News flash! Michael Moore is filthy rich!
November 14, 2011 - Stephen Browne
Michael Moore recently tried to deny the blindingly obvious on Piers Morgan's TV talk show.
Moore said he is not one of the "1 percent" of "fat cats" the Occupy (blank) crowd are protesting in various venues across the country.
“I’m not," Moore denied. "I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been (bleeped) upon by the system.”
To begin with, that wasn't the question. A rich person can spend his or her life helping the less fortunate, and many have. But I believe the question was about whether Moore was in the top 1 percent of individual net worth, and Moore's $2 million home on Michigan's toney Torch Lake and estimated net worth of around $50 million put him, if not in the top percentile then certainly within spitting distance of it.
I find Moore's attitude irritating.
Moore is coming off like the kind of people we used to call "parlor pinks" or "limousine liberals," i.e. well-off people who wear their concern for the poor on their sleeves. Who'd do anything for the working class - except join it.
Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely nothing against wealthy philanthropists, and in fact have a great deal of admiration for many of them and their not inconsiderable contributions to society.
What irritates me is "poor mouthing." That "I'm really one of you" posturing.
With $50 million in the bank, Moore is manifestly not one of me. Furthermore, all indications show that he came by his fortune honestly, by creating a product people were willing to pay for. Not one to my taste, but enough folks liked what he sells to make him rich, so more power to him. So obviously, "The System" has worked pretty well for him.
(OK, so he got the seed money to make "Roger and Me" by suing his former employer Mother Jones, which is not technically illegal but...)
Quite frankly, from seeing interviews with Moore, I don't think he's any smarter than I am. He certainly isn't more handsome than me, and I'm obviously in lots better shape. I generally dress better for work too.
There is the question of talent of course. Whatever one thinks of the content of Moore's documentaries, they are visually brilliant. I don't know if that's innate talent for camera work or something I could learn. I suspect I could, I take pretty good pictures and digital photography makes it easy and cheap.
Where the really irritating subtext of Moore's message comes in, is the whole assumption behind his railing against The System that Poops on Us is that he could get rich through hard work and brains, but I couldn't possibly. That calm assumption of superiority that just chaps my (bleep.)
Mr. Moore, I don't mind that you're rich, I'm not the least bit envious of your good fortune. Just hold the patronizing attitude if you please.
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