Michael Moore – Asshole or Douche Bag?

Morewatch is one of the most popular anti-Moore sites on the net.  A few years ago the wife of one of the guys who runs it got very sick, and didn’t have insurance.  They announced they were going to have to shut it down.  But then an anonymous check arrived for $12,000, allowing the proprietor to take care of his wife and keep the site running.  He was extremely grateful, and thanked and praised the anonymous benefactor.

Shortly thereafter the Sicko came out.  It was, like all of Moore’s movies, a slick piece of propaganda, full of half truths, outright lies, and staged events presented as impromptu documentaries.  At the end of the movie Moore bragged about being the “anonymous ” donor.

If that information had been revealed accidentally, or through a reporter’s research, we’d have to admit the possibility that Moore might be a nice guy.  Although I’d have suspected he did it because he knows any publicity, even bad publicity, is good for him, I’d also have to admit I couldn’t be sure about his real motives, and maybe he just did it to be decent.  But bragging about it in a movie released world-wide made it obvious the only reason he did it was to pretend to be a good guy.  It makes him one of the him one of the top ten douche bags of the decade.

Now he’s working on a movie about capitalism.  The evil, evil capitalism that has made him a multi-millionaire. As part of his preparation his written a Time Magazine article about Bernie Madoff.

Immature child that he is, he first wallows in delight over the Evil Rich getting ripped off: “Yes, he stole $65 billion from some already quite wealthy people. I know that’s upsetting to them because rich guys like Bernie are not supposed to be stealing from their own kind.”  This is a typical Moore half truth.  Maddof stole from everybody.  Many of his victims were working stiffs, hard working middle class folks who had amassed decent sized retirement funds and invested all of them with Madoff.  So does ignoring that fact make Moore an asshole, or does his glee in seeing the wealthy suffer tip the scales in the douche bag direction?

He continues: “It would be too easy — and the wrong lesson learned — to put Bernie on TIME’s list all by himself. If Ponzi schemes are such a bad thing, then why have we allowed all of our top banks to deal in credit default swaps and other make-believe rackets? Why did we allow those same banks to create the scam of a sub-prime mortgage?”  Um, Mikey?  Sub-prime mortgages were forced on the banks by the government.  They wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for Carter creating them, Clinton putting the program on steroids, and Bush pumping it up a bit more.  I know facts never got in your way before, but at least try to get some of the basics correct, OK?  Otherwise you make it too easy for people like me.

He paints Madoff’s fraud as the very definition of capitalism.  Therefore, Capitalism = Fraud.  He doesn’t come right out and say it in this article – he’s aping the Chomsky technique of implying something so strongly the intended meaning is unmistakable, while leaving an out that allows you to backpedal when called on your ignorance.  In other words, his talent for fraud is improving.

So I’m still not sure if Moore is one of the world’s biggest assholes, or one of the world’s biggest douche bags.  He strikes such a good balance between the two, being an asshole one day, a douche the next.  It seems unfair for someone to have both titles, but isn’t it more unfair to deny them to someone who has worked so diligently to earn them?

And yet, he continues to have a huge fan base, proving that Lincoln was right – you can fool some of the people all of the time.  Whenever anyone tells me they’re a fan of his I immediately adjust my estimate of their IQ by 25 points.  Guess which direction?

12 Comment(s)

  1. I think I’ve always referred to him as “that fat, asshole douchebag” so maybe he really does have both titles simultaneously.

    Johnny Virgil | May 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. I think he is the reason the terms “Asshole” and “Douchebag” were combined into “AssBag”.

    Brian | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. I saw the first part of Capitalism, and the first thing I thought was, “ummmm…what is this about…exactly?” I mean, I knew what the title was, so I had an idea that this was supposed to be about capitalism, but the movie itself was so disjointed and non-specific that I really couldn’t figure out exactly what he was pinning down as the actual problem.

    Moore’s filmmaking format is the same in every movie: “Blah blah blah is bad, and to prove it, I’m going to show you these poor people for the next 83 minutes.” In his latest work, he doesn’t even do the first part, he just goes straight into showing you the poor people. The movie could have been about 9/11, health care, school shootings, or GM, it wouldn’t have mattered. Basically, I couldn’t figure out exactly what point Moore was trying to make. Should we abandon capitalism completely? Just regulate it more? What?

    Anyway, I don’t consider myself a full-on conservative. I actually call myself a “Liberaltarian.” But even though I agree with Moore on a number of things, I have to say Capitalism: A Love Story is just a bad movie from a film-making standpoint. It’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed for the far left.

    GodlessHeathen | Sep 24, 2010 | Reply

  4. did you watch sicko?

    baja | Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

  5. Yes, it was the last movie of his I bothered with.

    Then I Googled “Cuban Hospitals” and clicked on the image link. Warning: do not do this while you are eating.

    Dave Hitt | Jun 29, 2012 | Reply

  6. Michael Moore is a fat-douchecommunist..

    You love it or you leave it

    Francesco | Oct 30, 2012 | Reply

  7. If he visits Canada or travels overseas revoke his passport for laughs. Sure the Michigan hippo or manatee will be able to return to the United states. But in the mean time he can find out what the rest of the world thinks of the rich phony once he is as poor as they are eye opening. The late Christoper Hitchens claimed to call Micheal Moore a piece of s–t is an insult to s–t which is how low Micheal is.

    Robert S Moulds | Feb 13, 2014 | Reply

  8. Mr. moore is and will always be a moron. And that’s being nice

    ralph conrad | Dec 21, 2015 | Reply

  9. Let’s face it Trump supporters didn’t just vote for Trump they voted against corruption ,communism,and murder.
    And Micheal Moore if it was not for Capitalism no one as Stupid and ugly as you would be as rich as you.

    Ralph Brittain | Dec 19, 2016 | Reply

  10. That’s the bottom line, Ralph. Everyone cheering for socialism/communism is doing it on computers or tablets or smart phones made by capitalists, from homes or coffee shops built by capitalists, while sipping coffee and eating food grown by capitalist farmers and delivered by capitalist shippers and sold in capitalist stores.

    If Mikey were an honest socialist, he’s give away all his millions, dramatically reduce his diet to make more food available for the needy, and stop his union busting tactics.


    Dave Hitt | Dec 19, 2016 | Reply

  11. im responding to michael moores bowling for columbine so called documentary-i thought it was stupid, and so wrong everything about it was wrong,you dont blame kmart for selling 9mm ammo,you dont blame a store for selling a gun.however you would blame adults who leave a gun unattended, or within reach of a child.also the part about the black lady that had to travel 80 miles a day to work and back,thats why her son shot and killed a 6 yr.old white girl,what do they think the rest of us do.why do they show black people being arrested on cops?because those are the people doing the crimes that day.this michael moore is one passive asshole!

    alan langolf | Jan 9, 2017 | Reply

  12. What a bloated asswipe. There is nothing relevent about this miserable POS. And the people that follow him are worse, if thats possible.

    Greg A Beers | Aug 15, 2018 | Reply

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