05 May 2004

Absolutely Outrageous

Will somebody please explain to me what we're fighting for again? Cuz it sure ain't freedom and liberty. Turns out we like to torture and rape prisoners, and it turns out that the powerful have the "right" to censor films or other media they disagree with:
Walt Disney Co. has barred its Miramax film studio from distributing a documentary by director Michael Moore that is critical of President Bush, Moore said on Wednesday.
The film, "Fahrenheit 9/11," focuses on how the Bush administration responded to the hijacking attacks on Sept. 11 and on ties between the Bush family and prominent Saudis, including the family of Osama bin Laden.

"Yesterday I was told that Disney, the studio that owns Miramax, has officially decided to prohibit our producer, Miramax, from distributing my new film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11,"' Moore, known for confrontational documentaries offering sharp political commentary, said in a letter posted on his Web site.

Miramax spokesman Matthew Hiltzik declined to comment on Disney's actions. But he said, "We're discussing the issue with Disney. We're looking at all of our options and look forward to resolving this amicably."

The New York Times quoted Moore's agent, Ari Emmanuel, as saying that Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner asked him to pull out of the Miramax deal.

Emmanuel said Eisner was concerned the film would endanger tax breaks that Disney receives for its theme parks and other properties in Florida, where President Bush's brother Jeb is governor, the New York Times reported. Disney executives denied that accusation, the paper reported.

Moore, in his letter, said, "For nearly a year, this struggle has been a lesson in just how difficult it is in this country to create a piece of art that might upset those in charge.

At what point can we say that this is no longer a free country?
"Regime change begins at home" is all I have to say about this. I'm really too angry to pontificate much about this.

PS. How much you want to bet the conservative media avoids this one like the plague?

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