A non-political Fahrenheit 9/11 post (honest!)

I've got a few things on my mind about certain Fahrenheit 9/11 detractors, but first, I want to make a few disclaimers up front, as to not turn this into a blazing inferno of flames:

1. I'm an unabashed Michael Moore fan, and I love the movie. I want as many people to watch it as possible, because regardless of what people think of the movie/man, viewing sparks discussion.

2. I have no problem with people who don't like Michael Moore or the movie...seriously. More power to 'em. I'm self-aware enough to know that hypothetically, if Michael Moore was far right instead of far left, and made a Fahrenheit 9/11-type movie about Bill Clinton, I'm sure I'd be griping about it. I can't see how I wouldn't.

And now, on to the business at hand. And it's not nothing to do with politics, this could be a movie about low carb Krispy Kremes or the size of Colin Farrell's schlong and I'd still be making this point, trust me.

Moorewatch, a website which likes Michael Moore just about as much as I adore the Fanta jingle, has come up with a plan that makes no sense whatsoever. Let me break it down for you:

They're urging their base to download and watch Fahrenheit 9/11 and are posting links to help find the bootlegs. They claim they want to be sued. You'd think this would be because they perceive Michael Moore is against people downloading his movies for free, right? But they counteract their own argument by posting a quote by Michael Moore regarding people doing just that, downloading his movies for free. His quote:

"I don't agree with the copyright laws and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long as they're not doing it to make a profit, you know, as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that."

So in a nutshell, they're doing exactly what Michael Moore wants them to do, no? They even titled the manifesto "Steal This Movie," which is obviously evoking the Abbie Hoffman book which was appropriately titled "Steal This Book." The title wasn't in jest; it literally contained instructions on how to be a good shoplifter. Abbie Hoffman wanted you to steal his book, and Michael Moore couldn't care less if you download his movie to watch, or even to share with other people.

And really, was a Moorewatch visitor going to go pay and see this movie anyway? It would be like my trying to bankrupt the director of the anti-Moore Michael Moore Hates America by downloading and watching the flick multiple times. There's only one person I'd be punishing by going that route, and it sure as hell ain't him.

Related tune: Logical by Supertramp (mp3 via Trixie)

posted by drew on 6/28/2004

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