Counter the right-wing efforts to suppress Fahrenheit 9/11

A wingnut web site is asking its visitors to jam the e-mailboxes of theater owners with pleas not to show Michael Moore’s subversive and anti-American movie Fahrenheit 9/11.

Let’s not allow them get anywhere with this. Let’s send our own emails to the theater owners congratulating them on the courage and good judgement they’re demonstrating by showing this important movie under such short notice. Here’s how to reach them:

Oh, and to those of you who are convinced Fahrenheit 9/11 is a radical commie al-Qaeda-sponsored propaganda piece, be sure to read this great review — by Fox News. (You heard me right.)

The crowd that gave Michael Moore’s controversial “Fahrenheit 9/11” documentary a standing ovation last night at the Ziegfeld Theater premiere certainly didn’t have to be encouraged to show their appreciation. From liberal radio host/writer Al Franken to actor/director Tim Robbins, Moore was in his element.

But once “F9/11” gets to audiences beyond screenings, it won’t be dependent on celebrities for approbation. It turns out to be a really brilliant piece of work, and a film that members of all political parties should see without fail.

As much as some might try to marginalize this film as a screed against President George Bush, “F9/11” — as we saw last night — is a tribute to patriotism, to the American sense of duty — and at the same time a indictment of stupidity and avarice.

Readers of this column may recall that I had a lot of problems with Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine,” particularly where I thought he took gratuitous shots at helpless targets such as Charlton Heston. “Columbine” too easily succeeded by shooting fish in a barrel, as they used to say.

Can you believe it? Rage against Moore all you want — just be sure to see the movie first, so you know what you’re talking about.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Kos say the plan to scare off the theater owners is, in the George Bush tradition, a miserable failure.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Ignoring the contreversy, is it actually any good. I’ve heard more about what it says about Bush etc that about the quality of the production.

I’d watch a shoddy speculation riddent documentry if it was a masterpeice of cinema, but not a well thought out well written documentary if it looked like the Blair witch’s drunken cousin made it.

June 15, 2004 @ 6:51 pm | Comment

Did you read the Fox review I posted? It sounds superb based on everything I’ve heard (except Bill O’Reilly, so we know it’s good), and it won the top prize at Cannes this year — not always a guarantee of anything, but if they gave the award to pieces of crap, the prize would lose all credibility. Again, read the Fox review. If Fox raves about it, you know it’s not a liberal rant.

June 15, 2004 @ 7:02 pm | Comment

While I think Moore himself is an idiot and I don’t think much of his work, I think it is terrible to try to get people to ban it. Whatever happened to the noble ideal of “I will fight to the death to defend your right to tell those damn lies!”

I object to anyone, from any political persuasion saying “oh, you’re NOT ALLOWED to say that”, whatever “that” might be …

June 15, 2004 @ 7:04 pm | Comment

Li En, I can’t agree more. This strongarm tactic is symptomatic of the take-no-prisoners mentality of hardliners. When I see it being used by either side, left or right, it makes me madder than hell. Stifling expression is never an answer. Protest, demand accountability, sue if applicable — but don’t suppress material because you don’t like its message.

June 15, 2004 @ 7:22 pm | Comment

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