June 29, 2004


Leading US consumer advocate Ralph Nader on leading US consumer Michael Moore:

I've been at him for years, saying 'you've got to lose weight.' Now, he's doubled. Private exhortations aren't working. It's extremely serious. He's over 300 pounds. He's like a giant beach ball.

Yet, in his promotional material, Moore seems to be shedding mass like an earthbound meteorite. Nader should investigate. Is this corporate-financed millionaire lying?

(Via InstaPundit)

UPDATE. The Ageís Caroline Overington:

Moore loathes many of his fellow Americans. Of course, he never says so in America. But, in an interview with The Mirror in London, he described his fellow citizens as "possibly the dumbest people on the planet".

According to The New York Times, Moore - who is travelling the globe, promoting his film Fahrenheit 9/11 - recently told an audience in Germany that Americans always had a "big (expletive) grin on our face all the time, because our brains aren't loaded down".

UPDATE II. The Smoking Gun reports that Moore hasnít voted since October 2001. So much for 2002ís Payback Tuesday:

Call in sick, skip work, skip school, skip Springer, and then devote the next 12 hours to dragging as many people as you can out of their homes and getting them to the polls.

On Tuesday, go down to the local candidate's office and volunteer to do whatever is needed: give a ride to the polls for senior citizens who can't get there, make last minute phone calls to probable voters who may have forgotten to vote, pass out handbills on street corners, do cartwheels in the middle of the mall -- you name it, I am sure it will work.

I know that for many of you this will be a new thing. Give it a shot. I promise you, at the end of the day on Tuesday, if we succeed, you will never again doubt the power of just one individual who decides that she or he can make a difference.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 29, 2004 12:17 AM

In "Stupid White Men," which I hasten to add I read at the library rather than buying it, Moore talks about the eating habits and obesity of his fellow Americans. He urges people to get some exercise and eat healthfully. He also criticizes SUV's and other gas hogs.

I'm one of those people Orwell had in mind when he talked about those driven to a perverse Toryism by the excesses of the left. Does anyone think that if Rush Limbaugh, say, had written such words the media would not heavily publicize his weight and the fact that he owns several vehicles, one of which is indeed an SUV?

Posted by: Alex Bensky at June 29, 2004 at 12:30 AM

Whats with that insipid grin he always seems to have. It makes him look like his parents were brother and sister.

Posted by: nic at June 29, 2004 at 12:35 AM

Surely Nader realizes that Moore's weight is a prop, like his clothes, hair and stupid baseball hat. When you see him walking around Manhattan, he's dressed like a McKinsey consultant.

The beer belly is part of the "oafish American stereotype" costume he wears to flatter the prejudices of his European and NPR-American audiences.

Posted by: Otter at June 29, 2004 at 12:54 AM

Run for your lives -- he's about to blow!

Posted by: EvilPundit at June 29, 2004 at 12:55 AM

Hee hee. You really are evil!

Posted by: CurrencyLad at June 29, 2004 at 01:12 AM


Whats with that insipid grin he always seems to have.

He knows his bogus scam is making him filthy stinking rich.

Posted by: Spiny Norman at June 29, 2004 at 01:28 AM

Ya gotta understand. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz fly in through Michael Moore's window at night and stuff him full of donuts and pizza and good Rexas BBQ'n'chili against his will, as he pleads piteously for mercy. That's why he hates this administration.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 29, 2004 at 01:47 AM

heh. Taranto should include Mike al-Moore in his "It's The Eponymy, Stupid" section.

Posted by: BH at June 29, 2004 at 02:26 AM

gotta give Nader credit, he says some pretty funny stuff

Posted by: Oktober at June 29, 2004 at 02:48 AM

When Moore tells the world that Americans are "possibly the dumbest people on the planet", do his American fans stoopidly believe he's talking about all of those *other* Americans and not them? Or do they know he means them and they just like the abuse?

Posted by: c at June 29, 2004 at 06:18 AM

Americans always had a "big (expletive) grin on our face all the time, because our brains aren't loaded down".

I'm glad that he doesn't have a brain or he might be tipping 301 lbs.

Posted by: Wallace-Midland Texas at June 29, 2004 at 07:49 AM

On the bright side, at least Moore says Americans are a happy people.

Posted by: c at June 29, 2004 at 07:59 AM

I'd rather have a "big (expletive) grin" that a "big (expletive) bodyfat percentage"

Posted by: mateo_g at June 29, 2004 at 08:22 AM

Interesting how the "dumbest people on the planet" are also accused of being too rich, too powerful, too ruthless, too competitive, etc., etc. -- usually by the same critics.

But then, I'm just one of the "dumbest people on the planet." So, what do I know?

Posted by: Cosmo at June 29, 2004 at 09:05 AM

Well, you know, black *is* a slimming color.

Posted by: Seppo at June 29, 2004 at 10:03 AM

Buzzmachine's reporting Mickey's doing a "documentary" about health care next.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 29, 2004 at 11:13 AM

Health care? Well, that makes sense...it's pretty obvious that Mikey hasn't been near anything related to "health" in quite a while, so it shouldn't be too difficult for him to inject his personal note (i.e. whine, whine, whine) into the story.

Maybe we'll get to hear how W is personally responsible for his obesity...

Posted by: PW at June 29, 2004 at 12:39 PM

If MM gets much bigger, he won't be able to move.
That would be a plus, wouldn't it?

Posted by: peggy sue at June 30, 2004 at 12:37 AM

Except for the poor guys who'd be paid minimum wage to carry him around all day.

Posted by: PW at June 30, 2004 at 03:49 AM