Moore: Disney Blocks Distribution of Film
May 5, 8:42 AM EST
The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax Films division from distributing Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 911," which criticizes President Bush, according to a statement on Moore's Web site.
The film is highly critical of Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and his actions leading up the attacks.
"I would have hoped by now that I would be able to put my work out to the public without having to experience the profound censorship obstacles I often seem to encounter," Moore wrote in the statement.
Miramax spokesman Matthew Hiltzik did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday.
Disney spokesman John Spelich also did not return calls early Wednesday.
Moore attributes Disney's decision to concerns that the documentary will endanger tax breaks the company receives from Florida and anger Bush's brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Disney has a contractual agreement with Miramax principals Bob and Harvey Weinstein allowing it to prevent the company from distributing films under certain circumstances, such as an NC-17 rating, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story.
"Some people may be afraid of this movie because of what it will show," Moore wrote. "But there's nothing they can do about it now because it's done, it's awesome, and if I have anything to say about it, you'll see it this summer — because, after all, it is a free country."
The often confrontational director won an Oscar for his 2002 documentary "Bowling for Columbine," about the Columbine High School shooting and U.S. gun control policy. He's also known for the 1989 film "Roger & Me," which explored the effects of General Motors on his hometown of Flint, Mich.
"Fahrenheit 911" will be one of 18 films in competition next week at the Cannes Film Festival, Moore wrote.
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Thread: Disney blocks Moore film - GOOD!
05-05-2004, 02:24 PM #1
Disney blocks Moore film - GOOD!
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05-05-2004, 02:37 PM #2
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"F" That scumbag.
I am glad to see that someone finally had some cohones to stand up to this ***** and shut him down. I cannot beleive you linked his website. That just gives him more publicity.
The above link takes you to an Anti-Moore site that exposes the lies in "Bowling for Columbine"
05-05-2004, 02:47 PM #3
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05-05-2004, 04:27 PM #4
Sorry, Tiller, it was just part of the article. Didn't even notice the link until you mentioned it."This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
05-05-2004, 09:50 PM #5
I was in the breakroom eating breakfast with the news on when they said that Disney is refusing to air this Micheal Moore crapola. I immidiately thought, "Thank god. They did something smart and decided he was a moron."
Then they went on to say it had NOTHING at all to do with his idiocy. It was all over goverment tax breaks for Disney. I just shook my head and went back to my begal.Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.
05-05-2004, 10:08 PM #6
Anyone else remember way back when Disney provided family entertainment?
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05-05-2004, 11:56 PM #7
This weasel is nothing but scum. The sad part are the idiots that will actually pay money to see this sh&t. Wimpy liberals should not breed.
05-06-2004, 08:07 AM #8
You know, I watched "Bowling for Columbine" twice - I waited for it to come out on cable and watched it at work - it was a slow shift and nothing was on TV.
I actually saw very little about firearms in this movie. It was very lame and doesn't even come close to being a documentary. I saw more lines about free health care in Canada, "slums" in Canada, and political diatribe with not a whole lot of facts. The statistics he rants about are easily debunked as it takes no accounting of toher factors.
It only supported my belief that his goal is to get a one sided point across, devoid of solid facts. The same will probably be true of anything else he puts forth."Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers
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05-06-2004, 10:40 AM #9
nmfire, the Moore doc is not about the tax breaks, that is HIS excuse for why they won't show the movie.
Now the IAFF is in the same camp as Michael Moore"This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?
05-08-2004, 05:09 PM #10
Not the whole IAFF SteveBolt, not all locals follow the blind endorsement of the union. There are a few locals who actually look at what is best for its members before handing out public support for a candidate.
05-10-2004, 12:51 AM #11
Does anyone really believe that the State of Florida would recind tax breaks/credits to the Walt Disney Company...for airing this film?
Disney employs about 55,000 people in Walt Disney World alone. It is the number one tourist destination in the world. Visitors to the Lake Buena Vista/Orlando area pour billions of dollars into Florida's economy.
Yeah....Jeb Bush is gonna **** off Disney. I thought Mr. Eisner had better PR Imagineers than that.Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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05-10-2004, 09:09 AM #12
Michael Moore is a big fat idiot, although Al Franken thinks he's a charming ol' teddy bear.."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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