Moore’s war with the elites

The Week (US) - - 10 News -

Michael Moore’s big mouth has al­ways landed him in trou­ble, said Jes­sica Pressler in New York mag­a­zine. When the left-wing doc­u­men­tary film­maker was grow­ing up in Flint, Mich., he de­cided to be­come a priest—but was kicked out of the sem­i­nary in his sec­ond year for ask­ing too many ques­tions. Switch­ing to a pub­lic high school, Moore ran for the school board as a teenager on a plat­form of fir­ing the prin­ci­pal. He won—but was ousted by his adult col­leagues when they got fed up with his fre­quent dra­matic protests. Why is he al­ways at war with author­ity? “The way I look at it, it’s be­cause I don’t come from money,” says the Bowl­ing for Columbine di­rec­tor. His bat­tle with “the elites” con­tin­ued into his film ca­reer, when Fahren­heit 9/11 and his other films were dis­missed by in­flu­en­tial crit­ics. Moore at­tributes those bad re­views to his crit­i­cism of The New York Times and other lib­eral pub­li­ca­tions over their sup­port for the Iraq War, and to the re­sent­ment of elites of his suc­cess. “I have a high-school ed­u­ca­tion. My dad was a fac­tory worker, my mom was a sec­re­tary. Most of them went to a good school. And they may not be where the prom­ise of their priv­i­lege was go­ing to take them. And so I have to lis­ten to the sad­ness that ex­ists inside them about them­selves—that’s what I re­ally hear.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.