Michael Moore and Government Motors

Well, this should be interesting. I just came back from an eye exam — and now I can’t see a damn thing. (Dilated pupils, I guess hope.) Anyway, since my editor, administrative assistant and other staff members are all on vacation today, I’ll have to take full responsibility for all errors, typing, factual, logic and so on.

I am in relatively good health. Still, I was thinking while running limping this morning for five miles that it’s true: As you get older your days are basically filled with doctor’s appointments and endless searches for the best place to eat dinner late afternoon and the world’s softest yogurt. (Hat tip to Billy Crystal for the last two points.)

So maybe I should be opining today about Michael Moore’s flick Sicko, where he pointed out the flaws in our health-care system. And that was before the Prez and Congress embraced the issue. Wonder what Moore would have done with the — “You lie” — episode? I digress.

I’ll admit that most of the time I agree with Moore’s point of view on issues. I like the fact that he is willing to jab the big pooh-bahs in government, military, health care, business and so on. He is a celebrity now, with access to the national media. And sure. He promotes himself and his films. Anything wrong with that?

Anyway, his new film — Capitalism: A Love Story — is starting to make its way to a theater near you. And I expect it will be a hoot, as Moore takes the digital pitchfork to the Wizards of Wall Street and others who basically cratered the economy through their own greed and self-absorbed actions.

And whether you agree with him or not, Moore does have a message that accompanies his work. Remember Roger & Me? He did that 20 years ago, as GM was abandoning factories in Flint, Mich., and elsewhere. And as General Motors (oops, Government Motors) really pressed the accelerator and moved full speed ahead to becoming a ward of Ma and Pa Taxpayer. But what I remember most about Roger & Me was the arrogance of former GM CEO Roger Smith and by association the company in general. A word describes it: clueless. He — and they — just didn’t get it.

So now we get to Capitalism: A Love Story. Moore wanted to premier the flick in Detroit (and I take it in some other cities as well) at the GM-owned Renaissance Center and other theaters. Well, let’s take the easy way here and let Rachel Sklar tell the story via Mediaite and her story, “Michael Moore vs. GM. Redux.”

Michael Moore is hard to ignore — he’s been hard to ignore for GM for 20 years, though Lord knows they’ve tried.

But for the first time since Roger & Me, Moore finally set foot on GM property…without being escorted off.

On Sunday night, Moore premiered Capitalism: A Love Story in Detroit, booking four theaters at the GM Renaissance Center. Drama! According to Moore, when GM found out that the booking was for him, they tried to renege on the booking. Compromise: Movie could premiere as planned — sans cameras, and sans Moore.

Moore conducted interviews at a nearby Marriott — but after, he went into the GM Renaissance Center anyway. On Twitter he called it “my first official visit inside General Motors headquarters” — I’m not sure of the geography, if the Renaissance Center is part of the GM HQ, but either way, if there’s a town that could use a renaissance it’s probably Detroit. As Moore pointed out in the movie, even Cleveland makes fun of it.


Folks, despite everything that has happened in the past year or so, the Captains of Capitalism and the Wizards of Wall Street still don’t get it. And that involves more than just GM and a movie premiere.

Wonder if they will hand out pitchforks at the showing of Capitalism: A Love Story.

Hope I’ll be able to see again by the time the movie shows up here in Northeast Ohio.


3 responses to “Michael Moore and Government Motors

  1. Thats actually pretty funny. i wonder if there will be any mention of the seventeen warnings from the Bush Administration about the impending mealtdown of the mortgage undustry or of Bwarny Fwank telling us that Frannie and Freddie were just fine sixty days before they went bankrupt and set off the chain of events leading us to where we are today. (“breath holding I am not”, Yoda)

  2. Oh, gee. Thought you meant my writing was pretty funny. And I guess the details will be the the film, but not so sure Moore is pointing a finger at Bush and friends here as much as he is looking at how the guys and gals on Wall Street got us to the point of economic meltdown.

    And — shouldn’t you be be out with the protesters at the G-20 Summit 🙂

  3. Nah…unlike the professional protesters and anarchists I have to work for a living. Besides, I’m a big fan of Capitalism AND Starbucks!!

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