Methinks the documentarian doth protest too much.
This Tuesday, filmmaker Michael Moore appeared on a special taping of Piers Morgan Tonight. During the interview, the subject of Moore's success and wealth came into question. Morgan began to press the issue, asking Moore to admit (despite various TV appearances supporting Occupy Wall Street) that he's a part of the "1%" of wealthy Americans.
Moore vehemently denied such a claim. Morgan continued his line of questioning, stressing the conflict of a filmmaker worth millions railing against the system that's allowed him to earn so much. To which Moore had this to say:
"Well, then, if you believe that about me, then that’s really something, isn’t it? That, even though I do well, that I don’t associate myself with those who do well. I am devoting my life to those who who have less and who’ve been crapped upon by the system. And that’s how I spent my time, my energy, my money on trying to upend this system that I think is a system of violence; it’s a system that’s unfair to the average working person of this country, and it was a mistake to ever give me a dime, from the day Time Warner, actually, gave me money to buy Roger & Me."
Moore is known for exposing powerful social inequalities with his documentaries, but has drawn criticism for constantly inserting himself in his films, leading to the popular accusation that he's little more than an egotist out to exploit the misfortunes of others for personal gain. He also owns a couple of million-dollar homes and charges $40,000 for public appearances.
Honestly, I don't know who he's trying to convince. Moore needs to admit that, although he does use a portion of his assets to help others, he is indeed amongst America's wealthier population. Not doing so just makes him seem like more of a pride-filled, self-important, celebrity crusader.