Michael Moore is to Jerry Lewis as…

Michael Moore is to Jerry Lewis as…
: Deutsche Welle reports that Michael Moore is bigger in Germany than he is in the U.S.:

His diatribe against U.S. President George Bush Stupid White Men sold nearly 1.1 million copies in German

  • Same goes for the UK.

  • John

    When I saw the opening line that Moore “is bigger in Germany than he is in the U.S.,” I figured Michael had been getting freebies on brats, sausages and lagers at a few of the Octoberfest celebrations over there recently.
    Anyway, on the topic of Moore, via National Review’s The Corner, here is a letter to Denver’s Rocky Mountain News from the mother of one of the Columbine shooting victims about big-hearted Mike’s generocity:
    Letter to the editor, Rocky Mountain News:
    Recently, a co-worker asked me if I had seen the movie Bowling for Columbine yet, I told her absolutely not! My answer surprised her, given the fact my son, Matthew, was one of the 13 murdered during the deadliest school shooting in our country’s history. I explained to her that prior to the public release of the movie the families of the injured and dead were invited by Michael Moore to attend a preview screening. How thoughtful.
    Our family and others considered attending because we were genuinely interested in his message to the public regarding gun control and school violence.
    However, once we discovered he was going to charge us admission we refrained from doing so.
    It’s laughable that Moore attempts to portray himself as an anti-establishment liberal who is the voice of the common folk, when in fact he is no better than the greedy capitalists he shuns. Maybe now that he has made millions of dollars off the blood of our children he could toss a DVD or two our way to view.
    Ann M. Kechter

    Hopefully, someone will fact-check the letter, and, if the story is true, ask Michael what kind of evil, capitalist materialistic thoughts he had when he pulled off this stunt.

  • Catherine

    Not surprised. It enforces their stereotypes of the U.S. Look at Michael – the fat American slob.
    How many times have I met Europeans or Asians who say, “your American? Do you ______” (own a gun, eat steak, very religious, own a Cadillac, cook – they assume we don’t cook, etc). Then again, I get asked stupid questions from Americans because I live in NY (you go into Central Park? have you ever been mugged? how many murders have you seen? you where jewlery on the street?).
    Yet I am told they are more worldly, understand the U.S. perfectly and aren’t ignorant like Americans. Pshaw!

  • Well, I’ve always suspected that people who make a living (or get a lot of their validation) from being “angry” at “The Man” usually have their own little issues they’re hiding behind. Good ol’ fashioned anti-paternalism.
    Moore is too old to be angry at Daddy so he goes after Uncle Sam. He makes his money by giving others “permission” to do the same.
    “It’s OK to be angry, and the more cash you spend on my product, the more OK it is.”
    My old alma mater was awash with visiting snake oil slaesmen of the same ilk, all trying to make a fast buck off impressionable undergraduates. I bet it still is.

  • balbulican

    I think a more apt comparison can be drawn between Michael Moore and Anne Coulter.
    Both are entertainers posing as journalists. Both use every trick in the High School Manual for Debate to make their “points”. Both are short on logic and long on hyperbole. And neither one really intends to inform or convince. They both perform for their respective audiences, and their goal is twofold: to give their respective constituencies a sense of smug, amused superiority, and to inflame and provoke those who don’t share their views.

  • Great points Hugh and Catherine, but am I still missing something? Moore’s got “nuance”??
    And yeah: ‘ignorant’ Americans and ‘worldly’ Europeans–they all come to Toronto and ask a) if they can walk to Niagara Falls from here; b) where the best skiing is (in July); c) where they can catch the ferry to Victoria and d) why our money is “so funny looking.”

  • Well Kathy, luckily there’s all those worldly Canadians to set us Yanks right ;-)

  • Kathy-
    For the record, some of us Yanks find our neighbors to the north to be great people and a great nation….that has excellent fishing and other watersports in the middle of July. [g]

  • Yeah. Canada rocks.

  • Daniel Calto

    Re Michael Moore, yes, he’s wildly irritating and
    doesn’t give a damn about the facts. Further, he’s a grade-A hypocrite who bashes the rich but jealously guards his private hoarde of treasure extracted from the evil capitalist system. I bet he has some brokers at Morgan Stanley working overtime to increase his wealth.
    Still, it’s important to remember that there is always an audience for those who explain the world in stupid and simplistic fashion, both here and abroad. How many people call the Psychic Friends Network? Hoiw many think the merchandise on the Home Shopping Netowrk is high-quality stuff? How many Germans believe teh U.S. was behind 9/11? How many Muslims (besides the head of state of Malaysia) think Jews rule the world by proxy? The only way to fight stupidity is to call it to account when one sees it, and to endeavor not to be stupid oneself.

  • Catherine

    Balbulican! I can’t believe we agree on something, but there it is! Well said. I can’t stand either one of them.
    Kathy – that is so funny. You’re from Canada? Do you know Steve? :) I often get called from co-workers overseas who think I should be able to tell then how to get around say, Cedar Rapids, for a meeting they are attending. It’s the same all over.