Filmmaker Michael Moore has sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of “Hollywood accounting tricks” and “financial deception” that cheated him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Moore’s claim may be legitimate. It may not be. Regardless, his choice to sue is further evidence in the ongoing case against his character in the court of public opinion.
Moore’s entire career has centered around excoriating capitalism and profit.
One of Moore’s most strongly held convictions is that, as he declared on the CNN program Crossfire in 2002, “Capitalism is a sin. This is an evil system.”
In 2009′s Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore singled out profit motive as the bane of decent civilization. Going back all the way to his first film, Roger & Me, the consistent theme throughout Moore’s work has been, if nothing else, seeking profit is bad. Yet, here he is, making sure he gets his.
Particularly egregious is the hypocrisy evidenced in a statement from Moore’s attorney, Larry Stein.
Michael believes the Weinsteins have been a force for good when it comes to championing independent film — but that does not give them the right to violate a contract and take money that isn’t theirs.
This from a man whose client is among the most aggressive public advocates of violating contracts and taking unearned money known to man. In Capitalism, Moore raged against what he deemed to be obscene executive pay.
… democracy is needed … CEOs are taking 500 percent more a year than the men and women who keep their firms running.
How else might we interpret “democracy” than the government stepping in to breach private contracts?
Surely, we need not review much tape to demonstrate Moore’s relentless advocacy of socialism and wealth redistribution. Moore is clearly on board with government “taking money which is not theirs” to give it to others who have not earned it.
None of this is to say that, if Moore has been wronged, he should not be indemnified. However, you have to wonder whether the infamous fraud has the slightest sense of irony.
If his lawyer’s statement is any indication, the answer is apparently no. Stein attempts to paint Moore as a reluctant victim.
… This is the first time Michael Moore has ever sued anyone in his 20-yr career as a filmmaker. That should be some indication about how serious this is.
What Stein neglects to mention is that a lawsuit started Moore’s film career. That kind of puts a dent in the whole reluctant victim image.
It is often said that popular conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck don’t really believe what they say. While we wait for evidence to substantiate such claims, let us acknowledge that Moore plainly doesn’t believe what he says, at least not when applied to himself.