Michael Moore: “Capitalism did nothing for me”

posted at 6:24 pm on October 1, 2009 by Allahpundit

The best part: Watching a millionaire socialist cite the fact that mega-corporations like Disney and Harper Collins balked at publishing his agitprop — even though it was eventually picked up and published by corporations that are only slightly less “mega.” Number-crunching courtesy of CNS:

According to Fortune Magazine, Moore’s films have grossed over $300 million worldwide. His highest grossing film was “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which critiques the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and earned over $200 million worldwide.

Moore reportedly was paid $21 million by Disney for producing, directing and creating the film.

Moore also earned 50 percent of the profits of his 2007 film “Sicko,” totaling $25 million plus DVD sales, according to Vanity Fair.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Moore would receive all of the profits made from DVD sales of “Sicko,” sales of which have been estimated at over $17 million.

Consider this a complement to Hollywood going to bat for Polanski: In both cases, you’ve got “artists” so insulated by egotism, sycophancy, and self-righteousness that they simply can’t grasp that average people are looking on aghast at what they’re saying. No one with even a child’s sense of shame would defend a child-rapist or demonize a system he’s used to line his own pockets, and yet, somehow, here we are.

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Moore postures, keeping a front.

Until we are forced at gunpoint to go see one of his screeds, he can’t honestly say capitalism did nothing for him.

If people stopped laying out for his sick flicks, and his income dwindled, he’s say he’s a victim of censorship by the VRWC.

Fat lump of prok who lacks fashion sense is a liar. I bet he sleeps in a carboard box in a fetal position, sucking his thumb.

Liam on October 1, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Such an idiot.

Either he really believes that, so he’s an idiot…or he’s lying and thus he’s an idiot.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Of course. Because filmmakers in Cuba enjoy equally resounding success in their marketplace.

beatcanvas on October 1, 2009 at 7:58 PM

Wadda a maroon….

Hog Wild on October 1, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Hey,, we need a fund drive to give poor Michael a ticket to the commie nation of his choice. I think he should get an award for for toughing it over here. It’s been such a sacrifice on his part to stay in America just to get these films out! God bless him! Sorta like mission work. I mean,, the guy could be living in China if he wanted to but he chose to stay here in the US! All for his love of getting the good news of the gospel according to Michael out to the workin man! Things have been tough for him over here. Give him a steak!
I mean,, give him a break!

JellyToast on October 1, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Yeah ! That last brilliant flick of yours broke some serious box office records ! Zowie !! What 5 people saw it

cableguy615 on October 1, 2009 at 8:03 PM

I think you need to open a book on when Moore will have a heart attack….. and not survive…. especially under Obamacare

maggieo on October 1, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Hypocritical hypocrite. And a fat smelly slob to boot.

mimi1220 on October 1, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Whoa! This might be a good time to make light of Moore’s weight problem! Wouldn’t that be clever?

Proud Rino on October 1, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Yes. Because it’s fun.

Here’s how this works. I am bald. Now, I could do something (hairpiece, transplant, creams, pills) about it. I choose not to.

My baldness is fairgame. It’s there. Observe it. Make sport, if you wish.

So, also, with Michael Moores’ weight “problem.” He could deal with it in a whole host of ways, and has the wherewithal to do a variety of things to deal with it.

Fair Game. Notice that no one goes after his underage kids, though. Unlike those on your side of the argument, we have standards.

massrighty on October 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Solid proof that even an imbecile can make a fortune in America.

Question for the imbecile:

If capitalism did nothing for you, how were you able to capitalize on the value of your work?

Saltysam on October 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

The Onion’s AV Club wrote a pretty good review of Moore’s film.

It’s short, and the final paragraph is great, as it touches upon Moore’s hypocrisy, but more importantly, exposes him for what he really has become: an anachronism, in particular, the very sort of out-of-touch fat cat that he’s made a career deriding:

The biggest problem with Capitalism, though, is that it feels oddly out of touch. In the current political climate, the kind of angry average American that Moore has spent a lifetime championing is more likely to be out in the streets yelling for the heads of liberals like himself, while the kind of people sympathetic to Moore’s causes are likely watching The Daily Show and reading The Daily Dish. Given that the “tea party” movement was gaining momentum while Moore was putting this movie together, it would’ve been genuinely dramatic to see him take his cameras into that throng to argue the virtues of socialism, rather than shooting yet another scene outside an inaccessible corporate office. Capitalism shows that Moore is still capable of making valid points in an entertaining way, but too often, the movie consists of Moore reading yesterday’s headlines, snidely.

Vyce on October 1, 2009 at 8:15 PM

Moore has gone from being bullied early in his life to a place where he can be the bully. Seriously–does he seem the type who ever played on his high school football team?

Moore whines, he doesn’t enlighten. None of his ‘documentaries’ offer solutions. And he’s not really a documentarian. His editing is selective, unlike greats such as Jaques Cuesteau (sic) who sought to show what they found as it is. Moore has an ax to grind, more (no pun intended) to exact revenge than make the world a truly better place.

Moore is a perpetual whiner, seeking always to be offended and make a buck off it (what could be more capitalist than that?) If he had nothing to whine about, if this world became perfect as he wants it, he’d whine there’s nothing for him to whine about.

He tries to come across as a ‘free thinker’ and on the cutting edge. But he’s a loser in life, and money doesn’t mean a thing. In his position, he should be dating or at least banging Jennifer Love Hewitt, AJ Cook, Britney Spears, Amber Heard, and every other top hottie in Hollywood. But he’s not, b/c better women know better than to get with a perpetual whiner; not even liberal women respect a whining male no matter his Leftist credentials.

Moore knows the hands that feed him. He’s too much a bully in his mind to admit it which, one day, is going to be his downfall. Then he’ll whine about the world being against poor innocent him, like he probably has believed a long time anyway.

Liam on October 1, 2009 at 8:25 PM

It’s strange, I thought I’d never see an allegorical character in real life. It just seemed impossible.

And yet, as I read Michael Moore’s words, I can only imagine that he is James Taggart of Atlas Shrugged, made flesh.

A lot of flesh, in Moore’s case.

Spc Steve on October 1, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Sad excuse for a human being!

ohiobabe on October 1, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Moore is retarded. Capitalism is how he buy and consumes grease burgers. He makes a ton of money so he can buy grease burgers and get fat. In a no capitailsm society, he would have to work his own garden plot on state land and settle for bread and very few vegies.

seven on October 1, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Been noticing the same thing the past couple of days.

chemman on October 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM


I hope it’s just a glitch, and it will resolve itself. That annoying crap is why I rarely visit Drudge, and NEVER leave it open in a tab. Blech!

hillbillyjim on October 1, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I watched the video, and here’s what Michael Moore said, basically: Michael Moore is so talented he would still have become a multi-millionaire had he pursued his dreams in Cuba, Russia or China.

Now, if you believe that, the Democrats have a government-run health care bill and a job-killing energy tax they’d like to sell you.

chipandcharge on October 1, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Notice that no one goes after his underage kids, though. Unlike those on your side of the argument, we have standards.

massrighty on October 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Mickey’s got kids? I guess that just goes to show that some women will do anything for money……..

conservativecaveman on October 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Consider this a complement to Hollywood going to bat for Polanski: In both cases, you’ve got “artists” so insulated by egotism, sycophancy, and self-righteousness that they simply can’t grasp that average people are looking on aghast at what they’re saying.


Aghast is right. These people’s self-pride and narcissism will never die IMO. Suffering in the long term for them, unfortunately, and even more unfortunately in the short term for us poor saps who actually listen to them, again.

inviolet on October 1, 2009 at 9:29 PM

I would like to see Mr. Moore build his own camera and lights and mike from scratch.

And just how does he move form point A to point B without capitalist built transport.

We know he doesn’t walk.

One of the first mandates from Obamacare will be for Mikey to loose about 100 Lbs or loose his medical coverage.

Be careful what you wish for Jabba.

esblowfeld on October 1, 2009 at 9:35 PM

It’s apparently made you a fat a-hole instead of a skinny, fit member of the prolateriate.

Kulak scum. Stalin would have had your fat ass roasted alive and fed to the peasants.

NoDonkey on October 1, 2009 at 9:43 PM

DrW on October 1, 2009 at 7:27 PM

He’s not a Flint native. Fat Bastard was born and raised in Davison MI.which sits well outside of Flint (I lived there too). Daddy was an executive and all the Moore brats attended private school.
Even some Flint residents say ‘WTF’ when ol’ lard a$$ refers to himself as a Flint resident.
This guy was also bankrolled in various projects by Steven Mott (grandson of a GM founder) and dear old Ralph Nader.
This POS has benefitted in every way possible thanks to capitalism.

ZeeMI on October 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Call it “old school” if you must.

Michael Moore needs a really good beating from someone who has actually had to eat some shit undeservedly.

Doorgunner on October 1, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Mikey Moore. Why does the word “waste” pop to mind when I see his picture?

GarandFan on October 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

Can’t Michael Moore afford liposuction?

At least for his frikkin’ head?

All I hear is lard speaking.

profitsbeard on October 1, 2009 at 10:01 PM

conservativecaveman on October 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM

I don’t know, actually – I was just making a point about the difference between going after the public person, and his family.

massrighty on October 1, 2009 at 10:02 PM

Yet another lying liberal hypocrite. I for one am so sick and tired of them all I could yak. They’re everywhere, incessantly blabbering away at how they think so highly of themselves and that you and I are only there to serve one purpose, to listen like children and fork over our money to them. I’m just tired of them. I want to live my life and raise my kids and not be told how to do it.

4shoes on October 1, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

29Victor on October 1, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Michael Moore does nothing for me.

Kissmygrits on October 1, 2009 at 10:32 PM

You don’t see many fat communists or socialists. He’s even fat for a capitalist. He wants to “help” the little guy by running up the deficit of our country so poor guys like me get our taxes raised. No thanks Michael

Herb on October 1, 2009 at 11:13 PM

I wonder how much this guy donates to charities, and not just to left wing orgs. Any real meaningful charities, family or friends (if he has any)? Has he donated his time or visited any hospitals without a film crew. (I’m not suggesting that he should adopt a little boy from South America.) Has he done any angel investments or anything truly constructive with his money. Stocks that might bring about meaningful change and not just churn a profit. Or does he keep it all for himself. You know the wallet squeaks just for a 20 spot. You know, THAT guy.

This is the case in point that validates their viewpoint. He knows he’s a jackass, and it NOT RIGHT that jackasses like himself can swindle the population of money to fatten themselves up. Stealing and never sharing or allow the capitalistic growth from his success. Then he assumes most people are gluttons, as he is, and must be stopped and controlled. And then tries to make us feel guilty for squeaking out a living (and happy to do so) in this capitalistic system. He assumes the nature of people is to be insatiable as he is.

Ironically, most capitalists are not like this. Many corporation have a charitable side once they succeed. We compete, share and invest. Help each other. Give business advice. Spread entrepreneurship. Win/Win.

Their logic can not be understood by rational people.

Look at Google, the majority of product are free SO benevolent. No money, no growth, no jobs. No Point!
Whereas, the I-Phone with open source for the applets are CREATING WEALTH for many companies and people. More Money, More Growth, More Jobs, That’s the point. How else can a society flourish?

serendip2b on October 1, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Someone really needs to harpoon Moby “Dick” Moore!

Dhuka on October 1, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Movie metaphor:

Michael Moore = Jabba the Nut

realitycheck on October 1, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Shame on Disney! Shame shame shame. Walt must turning in his cyrogenic grave.

Dhuka on October 1, 2009 at 11:48 PM

I am not sure he knows what “capitalism” means and yet he did a movie on that very subject.

He equates and interchanges corporations with the capitalist system. He might be referring to corporatism, but he definitely isn’t referring to capitalism in this clip.

LifeTrek on October 1, 2009 at 11:52 PM

These kinds of people always imagine themselves at the peak of some elite society of scholar-kings, directing all the proles from the peak of Mount Olympus.

In reality, they’d all be dragged out of the washing machine factories and sent to the gulags for not meeting quota.

Self-delusion is the most perfectly representative quality of the modern leftist.

Well, any leftist. Robespierre and Jean-Paul Marat and all that.

Merovign on October 2, 2009 at 2:38 AM

Like a fish saying water does nothing for it.

Or a person cured from cancer or other life-threatening disease/injury saying the medical care system did nothing for him/her.

Or a basketball star saying the NBA did nothing for him.

albill on October 2, 2009 at 8:11 AM

From now on, when some Celebrity is being interviewed because the yellow snail may cause the end of the world, ask them about what they said about the Pulanski issue.

Let’s get a bead on your moral compass, Should Roman Pulanski be in Jail?

If the answer is NO, then we should disregard everything else they say.

barnone on October 2, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Capitalism, been, bery,bery good to him… (SNL baseball line)

Irenaeus on October 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I am sure that in Stalin & Mao’s & even Hitler’s societies he would have been quite successful.
They loved propaganda.

Badger40 on October 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Who knows what Moore actually believes. The only thing I’m sure he knows in his heart is where to deposit the checks.

No sense spending much time thinking about it. People like that, you want to give them as little mental real estate as possible.

DrSteve on October 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Making a movie against capitalism that is designed to make a profit? He’s either stupid to not see that or he is counting on the fact that those who go see his movie are.

“Capitalism has done nothing for me”…except make me super rich by doing what I love. IDIOT!

groovymovieman on October 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Michael Moore at least has enough common sense to hire non-union film crew!

gullxn on October 2, 2009 at 11:44 AM

I have to be honest, I don’t understand his point here. He seems to claim that Disney and Harper Collins trying to “kill his films,” somehow shows that Capitalism is evil. Is he insinuating that under a Communist regime like China, films criticizing the government would be more accessible? It sounds like he has a problem not with Capitalism, but with entities that disagree with him.

I also don’t understand how he criticizes capitalism and in the next sentence explains that “he does well because his films do well.” Isn’t that…capitalism? If he was in a Communist regime, he would be paid a flat rate no matter how good or bad his movie did.

Conservative in NOVA on October 2, 2009 at 12:12 PM

It’s obvious that capitalism has made him morbidly obese.

TrickyDick on October 2, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Buy a friggin dictionary ya big fat pig and look up capitalism.

shawno on October 2, 2009 at 1:46 PM

“Capitalism did nothing for me. … I do well because my movies do well.” Not only the hypocrisy of that statement is mind boggling but the fact that the man behind a film against capitalism doesn’t even understand that concepts of the topic he is trying to sell.

Exit question: why is it that socialist lovers praise Cuba but don’t want to go live there? What keeps them here? Freedom?

ptcamn on October 2, 2009 at 3:15 PM