Acclaimed independent filmmaker Michael Moore is releasing a documentary about controversial GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) October 20, 2016
Despite being accused by his critics of propagating the left-wing agenda, it can’t be denied that Michael Moore’s documentaries have been effective in relaying his message. Two of his documentaries, Bowling for Columbine and Sicko held a mirror on America’s gun control and health care laws. He won Oscars for both of those films.
Michael Moore taking on Donald Trump is hardly surprising, especially since he has challenged a president once before. The 2004 war documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 was a scathing commentary on George W. Bush pre and post-911, particularly on his War on Terror.
Also, the filmmaker has not really pulled any punches over his criticisms of the Republican candidate.
On his website, Michael Moore posted an open letter to Donald Trump following the latter’s remarks against Muslims.
“Like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.”
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) October 19, 2016
“Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you,” he added.
Michael Moore in Trumpland screened in New York on Tuesday and will run for a week. It will also be shown at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino and will be available for download on iTunes. The film is based on the show that Moore did in Ohio, a place he described as “Trump country,” at the height of the elections.
Hey NYC- Who wants a peek @ what I’ve been up 2? Tues, 9:30pm, IFC Center. TIx free, 1st come, b.o. opens 8:30pm. pic.twitter.com/SrAhaq74ME
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 18, 2016
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 19, 2016
He previously said that the film was banned from screening in Ohio last month because it was too controversial. He then slammed the people behind the local cinema for not being truthful about the reason behind the sudden change in schedule. He said censorship is a norm rather than exemption in small towns across the US.
“I’m sure the good people who run this theater are not, in their hearts, proud of what they’ve done and were certainly hoping their little act of censorship wouldn’t be known by anyone,” he added. “They probably didn’t think we’d bother to out them so publicly.”
In a post on his Facebook page, Michael Moore said Ohio’s support of Donald Trump can be explained by the fact that most of the residents used to be middle-class who suddenly found themselves on the fringes of society. He said voting for an outsider is their own way of “hitting back.”
Donald Trump has every reason to worry if Michael Moore is setting his sights on him. According to NZHerald, the filmmaker is not without influence especially since Fahrenheit 9/11 became the gold standard for how a documentary should be done in terms of marketing and advocacy. It was also the highest-grossing documentary of all time.
Also, that film became the rallying point for other filmmakers to present political views to the public. Released in July of this year, the film Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza, which has grossed $13 million so far.
‘Michael Moore in TrumpLand’ is one big, teeth-gritted plea to vote for Hillary https://t.co/LhQiFH7XeZ
— Mashable (@mashable) October 19, 2016
Michael Moore’s documentary is the last thing Donald Trump needs right now. The GOP candidate is still trying to live down the controversy caused by what is now known as the “Trump Tapes” where he was recorded uttering sexist remarks. The leaked tapes also cost co-anchor Billy Bush his job at the Today show.
To date, Donald Trump has yet to issue a statement on the documentary by Michael Moore.
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