Editor | Peter Bowen
Michael Moore - Still a Hot Political Target
Posted October 10, 2008
For many documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is an icon––although not in a good way. Except for a little publicized web-streamed concert doc Slacker Uprising, Moore has been pretty much out of the news in recent years. But Moore’s image, or rather the idea of Michael Moore, has been front and center this election year.
Writer/director David Zucker’s conservative comedy An American Carol makes the doc director his prime target as Moore-like figure becomes the subject of pillory and political re-education. A parody of Charles Dicken’s classic Christmas tale, An American Carol casts Kevin Farley (Chris Farley’s brother) as an over-weight boorish documentary filmmaker called Michael Malone who is visited by three spirits out to teach the liberal filmmaker the real meaning of patriotism. Zucker has promoted his comedy as not only a comic condemnation of liberals like Michael Moore, but also as a clarion call for Hollywood conservatives (many of whom have walk on roles in the film). Extending the metaphor of closeted republicans to a kind of extreme, Zucker described to the UPI his relation with other industry GOPs: "When you meet, you give each other a secret look, 'Are you a Republican, too?' It's the new gay." No body is quite sure what the “gay” will now become.
In Michigan, Michael Moore’s home state, incumbent Republican congressman Tim Walberg just released a campaign ad that attempts to smear his democratic rival Mark Schauer by simply evoking the spirit of the lefty director. According to the Associated Press, “Walberg's ad says that Moore supports Schauer "and it's easy to see why. They both share radical liberal views.”" Michael Moore commented on Walberg and his ad, stating simply, “Desperate to insure that his first term won't be his last, he's trying anything he can to save his seat. Showing pictures of me without a ballcap on will do nothing to help him at this point."