09 March 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Got a letter from Michael Moore today (-:

Sorry ***Off topic Post*** but I have to take a pause for the cause cuz I just love this guy!

Actually this letter went out to all his admirers (and probably a few enemies too), and here it is:

Sell! Buy! Rebel! ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ Is Out Today on DVD (…and what is up with Wal-Mart?)!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Friends,

DVD-Day for “Capitalism: A Love Story” has finally arrived for all you good folks who just couldn’t figure out how to fit in a trip to the movie theater between your three part-time jobs — or simply weren’t able to afford the $10 for the small popcorn at your local rip-off cine-mall when my film was released last fall.

What’s with you people?! I make these movies for you to see on a big screen, in the dark, with 200 strangers who want to hoot and holler along with you. Those of you who did see it — thank you!! You helped to make it the 8th-largest grossing documentary of all time (and, as of Sunday morning, “Capitalism” had sold more tickets than Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker”).

But for those of you who didn’t get to the theater, what’s your excuse? Didn’t want to sit through 20 minutes of TV ads up on the screen before the movie started? Don’t like sitting next to people who have 6 important cell calls to make during the film? Feet get stuck to the floor after two hours of people spilling their 164 oz. sodas, thus preventing you from getting up when the film’s over? Jeez, what babies!

Well, starting today, you can now OWN your very own DVD (or Blu-ray) copy of my latest action/romance/horror film, “Capitalism: A Love Story” — and watch it in the comfort of your soon-to-be-foreclosed home! Get it cheap at Amazon, rent or stream it fast at Netflix, or go down to the local Wal-Mart that put your locally-owned mom & pop video store outta business and pick it up for pennies on the dollar. See! Something for everyone!

The fact that Wal-Mart is carrying this movie — a movie that specifically exposes Wal-Mart’s past practice of taking out secret “dead peasant” life insurance policies on its employees and naming itself as the lone beneficiary should the employee meet an “untimely” early death — well, my friends, need you any further proof that Corporate America is so secure in its position as the ruler of our country, so sure of its infallible power that, yes, they can even sell a movie that attacks them because it poses absolutely no threat to them?

A sane person would think that Wal-Mart would never carry “Capitalism: A Love Story” because it’s simply not in their best interests to inform their customers of their shady past. After all, many Wal-Mart stores wouldn’t carry “Bowling for Columbine” back in 2003. That was *Kmart* I went after (for selling the ammo to the Columbine killers)! But I guess that was too Mart-y close for Wal-Mart — so no DVDs were allowed of that film on the shelves of some of the world’s biggest retail chain’s stores (the movie studio estimated that cost them $2.5 million in sales).

But seven years later, it’s a new day in America. The corporate coup is complete. Corporations like Wal-Mart now call all the shots, write all the laws, pay off almost all the congressmen and essentially (along with the other Fortune 500 companies and Wall Street) rule the nation. They’ve helped to eliminate consumer choice and the free market while convincing you they are all for “free enterprise” and the “U.S.A.”

More importantly, they’ve snuffed out any criticism or opposition. They’ve even co-opted liberals, like the people who made the wonderful documentary, “Food, Inc.” The last half-hour of this movie includes — I kid you not — an homage to Wal-Mart as the filmmakers swoon over this kinder, gentler company that has decided to — bless them! — put an organic food counter in their stores! Thank you, Wal-Mart! Kumbaya! (And hey, granolaheads, don’t forget to flash a smile on the way out of the store at the “greeter” who can’t afford to see a doctor.)

Yes, Wal-Mart, by selling “Capitalism,” is saying to me: “Go ahead Mike and expose us all you want! Hahahhaha! We’re so convinced that the public has either been dumbed down or made numb enough to not give a lick about whatever it is you’re saying about us and capitalism. We can sell a million of these and it won’t make a damn bit of difference about our ability to rule the world. So knock yourself out, big guy! Hehehehehehe. Go ahead and put your little movie on our shelves. It will never start a revolution.”

Or so they think.

But what if they’re wrong?

What if they and their brethren — the banks, the insurance companies, the hedge fund sociopaths — are too confident we won’t fight to get our country back? They think that because they, the richest 1%, now own more financial wealth than 95% of all Americans COMBINED, that they can get away with anything. Perhaps they’re right. Perhaps they’re not.

I did ask someone at the studio why Wal-Mart was so willing to carry this movie.

“They’re no dummies,” he told me. “They know who shops in their stores — working people, blue collar, the people hit hardest by the economy. They know your movie will resonate with them and that only means one thing — ka-ching, ka-ching at the cash register!”

Happy now? Good. I thought I’d cheer you up on my big day!

Listen, let me cut right to it: I am passionate about this movie. It is not only my most personal film, it is the most vital and necessary film I’ve made in my 20 years as a filmmaker. Period. I told my crew at the start of this movie, “Let’s make this film so brutally honest that NO ONE with any money will ever want to write us a check to make another movie!” And so we set off to make the most dangerous documentary we could.

As gloomy as our situation in the world looks these days, I refuse to give up. If there’s even the slightest chance that we can turn this around, then I want to help, I want to be part of the fight along with you.

And I want you to see this movie. Not next week (by then, the health insurance companies will have won). Not next month (by then, the banks will have scuttled any new regulations). I need you to watch it right now and I need you to get as many of your friends and family to watch it as soon as possible — and then I want you to do something.

That “something” can be found in the 80 new minutes of material and DVD extras I’ve put on this home video. It’s 80 minutes of bold ideas and things we can do to get our country back. No one has seen these extras — and today will be the first time they’re available on the home video of this movie.

Well, that’s the pitch. I get nothing $-wise from the sale of these DVDs. I just want you to see this movie because, if you haven’t, I think you will not only be “entertained” for 2 hours, you’ll be ready to rock-n-roll your way down to the local Citibank and create the nonviolent ruckus they need to see. THIS IS OUR COUNTRY — not theirs. They have plundered and pillaged long enough. Homes in this country receive foreclosure filings every eight seconds! This must be stopped.

Let my movie be the tool you use to rise up and become the citizens I know you want to be. If not now, when?

Thank you for all your support over all these years. You must know by now that I honestly couldn’t make these movies without you.

My absolute gratitude and best wishes for you and yours,

Michael Moore

MMFlint@aol.com

MichaelMoore.com

P.S. To order “Capitalism: A Love Story” from Amazon, click here. You can also add “Capitalism” to your Netflix and Blockbuster queues.

P.P.S. To see just how secure Wal-Mart feels in its place as King of the World, I’ll take a spin around to some Wal-Marts this weekend and see if the DVD has been pulled off the shelves. I’ll let you know!

You gotta love this guy! Thanks Michael for all your hard work to make America a better country!

Sincerely,

Loco

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10 Responses to “Got a letter from Michael Moore today (-:”

  1. Chris B 9 March 2010 at 9:15 pm Permalink

    I used to not like the guy to much. But “sicko” should have been the wake-up call for the 90% of clueless fucks that let our elected officials eat at the health care buffet while most of us lick the floor for a taste.

    God bless em’. I hope he shines that light on some more fucked up shit.

    • Locohama 10 March 2010 at 6:33 am Permalink

      EXACTLY! Sicko was phenomenal! Personally i think it was his best and most important work…I mean, people are fucking dying without healthcare and our politicians are busy bailing out every fucking useless financial institution on Wall Street.
      Sorry…but Michael has a way of addressing these issues that make it clear for even the layment what the issues are and possible solutions, but like he says in the letyter, the corporations are so secure they'll even sell his DVD trashing them! (and make a profit)
      Loco

  2. T.Holms 10 March 2010 at 9:03 am Permalink

    Yeah i always shared a love/hate relationship with michael moore and with fat cat corporations and the want for more government regulations over them. On the one hand i hate big corporations that buy out all our politicians that rape our countries from the inside out and crush all hopes small businesses have… On the other hand we need them because their taco bells, mcdonalds, stop and shops, etc. pretty much supply all the little guys with employment… Sure the rich and the powerful are more susceptible to corruption but we need them just as much as they need us to operate in modern society. Slapping government regulations on them won't stop them there is always a loophole in everything and the stronger the government gets we will start to fear them instead of the fat cat corporations… There is a terrifyingly delicate balance between control and liberty in this world. There is a saying "When the people fear the government its tyranny when the government fears its people its liberty" I'm just afraid once government gets control over the rich who controls the government? Sorry if this is off topic just my 2 cents lol Keep it up Loco!

  3. Rune 10 March 2010 at 11:30 am Permalink

    In the same vein of offering up unconventional truth, go to http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ and watch Zeitgeist: The Movie and Zeitgeist: Addendum for free.

    Re: Sicko. Am I ever glad to live in a wellfare state with socialized healthcare. Though our liberal government (in the Adam Smith liberal sense) is trying it's darndest at ruining that, just as they are ruining our free, public universities in an attempt to get some private universities on the market. Hopefully next election will shift the balance back to the socialist coalition.

  4. superfantabulous 10 March 2010 at 9:33 pm Permalink

    I've been waiting and waiting for this movie!! Sicko was the movie that made me realize what a suckfest the USA really was. I vowed to move out of the USA that day. I moved to Korea. Haha!

  5. Locohama 10 March 2010 at 9:45 pm Permalink

    I came to Japan! Top that!
    LoL

  6. Bored in Kanagawa 13 March 2010 at 1:01 pm Permalink

    Fuck Michael Moore! Write him back and ask about my job as his camera man. If you read his book “Stupid White Men” he mentioned that there wasn’t enough blacka camera men and stated” If any black man is reading this book, which I doubt, if he caontacts me I will give him a job!” Locao I need your help, contact him and get me my damn job!

  7. Brewski_McChug 17 March 2010 at 12:18 am Permalink

    From Michael Moore:

    My friends, capitalism sucks. So to fight capitalism, buy my new DVD (the slightly more expensive Director's Choice edition has included extra footage and bloopers!) for $29.99.

    Do it now, before I close on the lease of my new mansion — CUT! scratch that — before the evil corporations shut down the people's voice, close Flint Michigan and turn it into a profitable Cupertino filled with high-tech jobs, and save our country from terrorists.

    This is our country! Not theirs! It does not belong to the people who work for evil corporations and who – OK, who are citizens and spend their money to support US businesses and pay most the taxes that support the people who can't pay. But it's ours too! And we should have more voice and votes than them!

    Anyway, see my movie. Also, it is important for the future of the children that you also buy my old blockbuster film Canadian Bacon! It's LAUGH-TASTIC in a way that will save us from corporations.

    My absolute best and warmly heartfelt emotional and really sincere not fake good wishes and dreams and prayers for all of you andyour children and with all the love from my heart, (really, i MEAN it!)

    Michael Moore

    • Locohama 17 March 2010 at 12:34 am Permalink

      A follow-up letter from Mike's PR person who has been secretly spending more time in his raincoat pocket then investigating corporate corrupton. lol
      thanks chugs

    • Brewski_McChug 17 March 2010 at 6:07 am Permalink

      P.S. – Corporations bad.

      Michael


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