Michael Moore made headlines this week (he’s so good at that) after he stopped by the Occupy Wall Street protest on Monday, where protesters were on their 10th day of demonstrations against corporate greed and corruption.
“Change has to start somewhere. Why not here?” Moore said to the crowd. “A lot of people, they end up … doing well and they completely forget about who they are and where they come from.”
He also appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, and when Piers asked him if capitalism is wrong, Moore said, “I do well for a documentary filmmaker … We reward people for making money off money, and moving money around and dividing up mortgages a thousand times over, selling it to China … and it becomes this shell game.”
Most people know Michael Moore as the guy in the black t-shirt and baseball cap who directed the documentaries Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko. In northern Michigan, we know him as the guy who founded the Traverse City Film Festival and rallied volunteers to help restore our vintage downtown State Theatre, where hundreds of “just great movies” are shown each year that locals wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.
In addition to time and energy, he’s probably donated a lot of money to the film festival. But more importantly, he’s worked to get the community engaged and involved. The result is a film festival that isn’t dependent on him and will likely continue long after he’s gone.
Is Michael Moore wealthy? Yeah, probably. But I don’t have a problem with that. If getting rich is your goal, you should be allowed to work hard to make that happen, hopefully on something that’s meaningful to you. I don’t agree with all of his philosophies, but I appreciate that he’s devoted his life to projects he believes in.
Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin and Kanye West are just a few of the other celebs who’ve stopped by the Occupy Wall Street protests. They probably have more money than most of us.
Does it matter if they’re part of the one percent? Can they make a difference, or are their appearances at the protests a little hypocritical?
Images: The Hollywood Reporter