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Michael Moore

63 Jahre

Eigentlich wollte der Filmemacher und Autor Michael Moore Priester werden, entschied sich dann aber doch für den Journalismus – zum Glück!

  • Geboren , Flint, Michigan / USA
  • VornameMichael Francis
  • Name Moore
  • Grösse 1.82 m
  • Sternzeichen Stier
  • Partner Kathleen  Glynn  1991-2014
  • Kinder Natalie Moore (*1981)

Biografie von Michael Moore

Der US-amerikanische Filmemacher und Autor Michael Moore liebt es, mit seinen Dokumentarfilmen und Büchern zu schockieren, zu provozieren und seinem Publikum die Augen zu öffnen. Anfangs sah es jedoch so aus, als würde Moore nicht Regisseur, sondern Priester werden. Aufgewachsen in Flint, Michigan, katholisch erzogen, besuchter er nach seiner Schulzeit das Catholic Seminary, in dem er sich auf das Priesteramt vorbereitete.

Der Weg zum Journalismus

Doch nachdem der Automobilkonzern General Motors in seiner Heimatstadt Flint die Autowerke in der Stadt geschlossen hatte und komplette Familie arbeitslos wurde, entschied sich er sich für eine Karriere als Journalist. Missstände aufzudecken und die Welt wachzurütteln sollten das Ziel seines Lebens werden.

Großer Oscarerfolg mit "Bowling for Columbine"

Nach einigen Jahren als Journalist im Print-Bereich – er brachte sogar eine eigene Zeitschrift heraus – verschrieb sich Michael Moore den Dokumentarfilmen. In Deutschland erregte er erstmals Aufmerksamkeit mit "Bowling for Columbine", einer Doku, die sich anlässlich des Amoklaufes an der Columbine High School in Littleton mit der merkwürdigen Waffen-Kultur in den USA auseinandersetzt. Der Streifen wurde zum Überraschungserfolg und konnte neben dem Spezialpreis bei den 55. Filmfestspielen von Cannes und dem französischen César Filmpreis als bester ausländischer Film auch einen Oscar als bester Dokumentarfilm abräumen. Seine Dankesrede bei der Oscarverleihung nutzte Michael Moore dazu, den damaligen Präsidenten für seine politischen Verfehlungen anzugreifen, doch das passte so gar nicht ins Bild der heilen und glamourösen Hollywoodwelt und so wurde seine Rede durch plötzlich einspielende Musik abgebrochen.

Michael Moore gegen Donald Trump

Doch solcherlei Erlebnisse und auch die Kritik, seine Filme seien polemisch, selektiv und voller Halbwahrheiten, erschüttern den ambitionierten Filmemacher nicht. Seit 2017 arbeitet Moore an seinem neuen Film "Fahrenheit 11/9", angelehnt an das Datum, an dem Trump offiziell zum Wahlsieger erklärt wurde, der das zweifelhafte Verhalten von US-Präsident unter die Lupe nimmt. "All das endet mit diesem Film", so die zuversichtlichen Worte von Michael Moore.

Filme von Michael Moore

1989: Roger & Me

1995: Canadian Bacon

1998: Der große Macher

2002: Bowling for Columbine

2004: Fahrenheit 9/11

2007: Sicko

2008: Slacker Uprising

2009: Kapitalismus: Eine Liebesgeschichte

2015: Where to Invade Next

2016: Michael Moore in TrumpLand  

Social Media von Michael Moore

Hey everyone -- I have a personal favor to ask of you. I live in a Congressional district in Michigan that is represented by a ridiculously cruel Republican who votes for everything Trump, including last week's Trump tax increase on the middle class. Up until a few years ago, this was a Democratic district. Then we got gerrymandered. But now there is a vigorous belief here in Michigan that this freshman Republican congressman can most certainly be DEFEATED in next November's election! Please help me make this happen. We have found the perfect candidate who can win right here in my district. His name is Matt Morgan. He is a solid progressive Democrat who is for single-payer universal health care, believes in strong controls on banks and Wall Street, is for the Equal Rights Amendment for women, and is committed to closing the income inequality gap for all Americans. Most of all, he can win. Matt is not only a 46-year old progressive Democrat, he is also a retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel and an Iraq War vet who has seen first-hand how a bloated, misguided Pentagon budget takes much needed money and resources away from our schools and infrastructure needs. He is a Marine who believes in peace, and that the use of arms should only be the absolute last resort and only when it involves the true defense of this country. Matt believes that the best way to strengthen this country is to make sure everyone gets a great education, has the chance to have a middle class job, and is able to aggressively fight against climate change and all who are destroying our environment. But perhaps the most important (and bravest) thing I've heard Matt say was when he told a packed house in Traverse City last month that "every voter must understand this isn't just your typical Congressional election in 2018. Make no mistake about it -- you are electing the jury for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump." Wow. Yes! Yes we are. Matt and his wife Angie (a best-selling author and the daughter of two Michigan public school teachers) are decent, smart, well-liked Northern Michiganders. You can see what Matt is all about by clicking here: https://mattmorganformichigan.com/about/ So here's the personal favor: Please give this incredible candidate a few of your hard-earned dollars today! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mm18 Yes, you've already been hit up by 57 other candidates and good causes since 8:00am this morning. But this request is from me personally; it is not some robo-post approved by any party apparatus or consultants. And it includes a bonus: I will match every single dollar you give to Matt Morgan's campaign (up to the legal limit). So if you give Matt $10 he'll actually get $20, thanks to yours truly. We've already raised $200K in northern Michigan just from those of us up here who are committed to removing that Republican and, yes, sending in a Marine who's on OUR side to Congress! I told Matt that I thought most of you would lend a hand if you could. You are the people who have supported me and my work for many years. I rarely ask you for something like this. And I wouldn't do it if I didn't believe Matt was going to win and remove this awful Republican who barely represents us here in Michigan. Will you help me help Matt Morgan right now? Just click here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mm18 It'll take just a minute. I truly can't stand one more day of Trump and the damage he's done to my beloved state of Michigan. He's hired Michigan's worst nightmare, Betsy DeVos, to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education. He's planning to put her brother Erik Prince (founder of Blackwater) in charge of a new secret private spy agency. And Trump continues to back Michigan's Republicans who poisoned the water in Flint, a city that remains in desperate need of help. With you, my eight million social media followers, we should be able to make a big statement today! We only need to flip 24 seats in the House and 3 in the Senate next year to take control of Congress and impeach Trump. I know we can flip the one I live in! And really, isn't there something just plain wrong with the fact that I am represented by a Republican in Congress?! Help me end this personal nightmare! Thanks for donating. It means a lot to my neighbors and to me here in Michigan. I am on a mission to end this madness once and for all. And I don't plan to stop until we remove this sick man from the White House and get Congress in the hands of people who have the guts to stand up for the 99%. All I ask is that you do just a little bit today to join with me in this mission and help my friend Matt Morgan: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mm18 Thank you so much. Michael Moore

11.12.2017

Trump and Hope Hicks at the scene of the crime, the Flint Water Plant, where the Republican… https://t.co/MioLjuABup

11.12.2017

So how many do we need @ Thursday's FCC meeting in DC 2 shut them down as they try 2 destroy net neutrality? Hundreds? Thousands? All of us?

11.12.2017

43yrs ago today the businessmen & Christian Right of the Davison School District held a recall election to try to r… https://t.co/e3S5aPfx5L

10.12.2017

This is an amazing investigative piece by Huffington Post on how the voucher school program advocated by Betsy DeVo… https://t.co/Ar7Qt4odyD

10.12.2017

“Because it’s not the job of black people to educate white people about racism.” A valuable resource for you when d… https://t.co/oqszYpzjEE

09.12.2017

In 1946-48, after defeating the fascist countries of Germany, Japan and Italy, officials from the Roosevelt/Truman… https://t.co/2P0iPBKpB9

09.12.2017

In the ‘80s Congress passed an artificial deadline for gathering the 38 states needed to ratify the ERA. Many belie… https://t.co/KYWhISLMIw

09.12.2017

38 states are needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for women. 36 have already voted YES! We only need 2 more… https://t.co/tVSXN3RMzo

09.12.2017

A brilliant video on SNL last night by the women of the show: "Welcome to Hell" https://youtu.be/1l26UFQ06eQ

04.12.2017

Protests against Senate passing Trump Tax Increase in the middle of the night are happening everywhere. Check in with you local activist groups and join in. This Is the day to make some noise! The House and the Senate have passed two different bills so there still has to be another vote before this is a done deal. Trump alone will get up to a billion dollar gift from this bill. No matter how small your neighborhood or town, call a few friends and take to the streets! https://www.facebook.com/actdottv/videos/719743861549516/

02.12.2017

The Republican Party is the enemy of the American people. The Senate just passed the Trump Tax Increase, 1:50am, enriching the 1% & concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Capitalism & Fascism. The coup is underway. Make no mistake about it. EVERYONE OFF THE BENCH! 11/6/18! For the rest of this weekend we need to get into the streets. Nonviolence. Tomorrow (Sat & Sun) take a homemade sign and a bunch of friends to the local federal building, to your Senator’s office, to the town square and make your voice heard!

02.12.2017

We now have less than five weeks until New Years Day 2018 — the year when we will go to the polls and elect the jury that will remove Donald Trump from office. Together, we have no more important job to do in 2018. If we succeed, November 6th, 2018, will go down in history as one of those moments when this country, on the verge of potential destruction (or simply heading down the very wrong and evil path), was saved: The defeat of the British at Yorktown in 1781, the first convention of women at Seneca Falls in 1848, the Emancipation Proclamation and numerous slave revolts of 1863, the workers revolt in the Haymarket Riot of 1886 and the Great Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37, the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56, the anti-war Moratorium of 1969, the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Earth Day 1970, the Siege at Wounded Knee in 1973, Obama’s Inauguration Day in 2009 and the Women’s March of January 21, 2017. November 6, 2018, must join this list of days where the American people rose up, said “ENOUGH!” and took us in the direction of equality, justice, peace and true democracy. On November 6, 2018, the not-so-silent majority of this country must come alive and pack the polling places in record numbers to flip just 24 of the 435 seats in the House and only 3 of the 100 seats in the Senate. We must also elect hundreds more in our state capitols if we are to once and for all stop the gerrymandering and voter suppression. NONE of this will happen on its own. The Democratic Party has proven time and again that it is, in many areas, the party of losers. The Dem establishment often picks candidates who don’t win — and when they do win, as with Hillary and Gore, they bizarrely don’t get to take office. If you are waiting for the DNC to save us, you must also be waiting for hell to freeze over. STOP! We must save ourselves! The Democratic Party establishment is planning to run old school political hacks next year who are sure to inspire no one and lose as usual. In many districts they’re running no one! We — you and I — must find the right people to run for office — real Democrats, FDR Democrats — and find them NOW, before this year ends. I’m asking everyone reading this to please take it upon yourself this weekend to do your own local recruitment of 2018 candidates for state and federal office. Appoint yourself right now as “chief recruiter” for your local district’s 2018 elections (trust me, no one else has or will). Call some friends and have your first recruitment meeting this weekend. Gather in your living room or local diner or church basement and draw up the list of local heroes you could approach to run for Congress, for State Senate, for State Assembly or Legislature, for Governor and for U.S. Senate. To make the list, your potential candidates must have these three qualities: 1. They are beloved in your community. 2. They are strong progressives - not centerists who want to please Republicans - but rather proud liberals who will fight for the 99%. 3. They will inspire and excite the electorate, especially young people, giving them a real reason to get out and vote for an authentic person, not another hack. You need to commit to finding someone who is going to win by bringing out our liberal/left/progressive majority to the polls. Nearly 70% of eligible voters in this country are either female, people of color, or young adults (or a combination of all three). If you want our side to WIN, consider running the following: 1. A woman (52% of the population, 18% of Congress!). 2. A progressive Iraq/Afghanistan vet (she can win!). 3. A popular long-time teacher in the community. 4. The local librarian. 5. An energetic, whip-smart young person under the age of 35. 6. The philanthropist who funds projects for the local poor. 7. The local pastor who’s offered his/her church as a sanctuary. 8. A local TV star - the Live at Five investigative reporter, the smart and funny weatherman, the former actress on “Little House on the Prairie” who’s now moved back home, the activist who was just interviewed by Rachel Maddow. 9. You! Do NOT get hung up on “how will we ever raise the money?!” There are many recent examples of Dems who’ve won with little or no funding (and no backing from the DNC). Bernie came in first in nearly half the states — on $28 contributions! Run someone who will knock on every door. Pick the right person — there’s no way to put a dollar value on it if you run the person tens of thousands will want to vote for! Plus, people like me will help you! Pick the time and place this weekend, call/text/email 10 friends/neighbors/co-workers, and hold the first official People’s Recruitment Meeting of Ohio’s 5th Senate District or Iowa’s 20th State House District or Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District (or wherever you live) and brainstorm your list of candidates. Or make the case why YOU should run. But get the ball rolling this weekend! Even if you live in a Blue district, there are city council and school board seats to run for. There’s no time to waste! If you don’t do it, no one will. This is on you. And I’m with you. Let’s do this. And after the recruitment meeting, write to me at mike@michaelmoore.com and let me know how it went. Step outside your shell and do this. This is your moment — and we’ve all been waiting for you!

28.11.2017

From “Casablanca”, when, for one glorious moment, art (music) defeats fascism. Next time someone tells you “you’re just preaching to the choir,” tell ‘em “goddammit, the choir needs a song to sing!” Then belt it out! E’RYBODY OFF THE BENCH! https://youtu.be/HM-E2H1ChJM

27.11.2017

Today here in Michigan I invited a bunch of friends & neighbors, in the Era of Trump, over to watch & celebrate an event that took place 75 years ago tonight: the world premiere of “Casablanca.” The movie makes it clear that eventually everyone must take a stand and think of the greater good over yourself. Powerful stuff.

27.11.2017

Tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner, I'd like to make a request - and no, it's not to pass me the stuffing. After last year's debacle when your right-wing uncle just couldn't stop gloating (thus leading you to move him to the kids' table this year), would you do me a favor: go around the adult table and decide which one of you is going to run for office next year. We just need one person from every Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow to run. The elections from two weeks ago showed us that voters will jump at the chance to vote for average, everyday people who care deeply about getting this country out of the hands of the Trump crime family. So don't wait for someone else to do it. And don't wait for the old hacks from the Democratic Party to present us with another losing candidate. Most of those Dems who won two weeks ago got NO help from the Party. Many were actively opposed by the old Dem order who told them they would lose. And yet a Sikh became mayor in New Jersey, an African refugee became mayor of Helena, Montana, a transgender citizen defeated a transgender hater in Virginia, 15 Democratic socialists won, and on and on. So by the time you get to the pumpkin pie, decide who amongst your family and friends would be the best to run for Congress, State Senate, city council or school board next year. Don't question whether you or they are "qualified" -- you are already qualified simply because you are a citizen in this democracy, you have strong ideas about how to make it better, you can't be bought off, you have a huge heart for those who are less fortunate than you, and you know it is your civic duty to get off the bench and get into the game! Don't say you "don't have the money to run" -- of course you don't! In many races on November 7th, the Democratic newcomer was outspent 3 to 1 by the Republican in the "safe Republican district" -- and the Republican lost! You can do this. In many states you only need 25-100 signatures to get on the ballot. In New Hampshire, the filing fee is $2! At the very least, come up with the name of someone in your town you could approach to run: that beloved government teacher from high school, that librarian who stood up against censorship, the woman who got the railroad crossing arms installed, the hilarious local weatherman, the young woman who served in Afghanistan. To impeach Trump we have to flip Congress next year, and to end gerrymandering when the districts are redrawn after the 2020 census we have to take back our state legislatures now. Why not start that mission this week, over Thanksgiving?! That will be a lot more fun than arguing with your uncle! Remember -- when they go low, we go local! Run for office or find the right person who will! Here's a little video a few of us put together today to celebrate the victories of two weeks ago... https://youtu.be/VIti_YalUeI

23.11.2017

Ten years ago tonight we re-opened a nearly 100-year old theater we had restored in the town where I live, Traverse City, Michigan. It’s called the State Theatre, and it might be the best place anywhere to see a movie! We returned the theater to the 1940s and, with the help of a few hundred people in town, brought this beautiful movie palace back to life. Over 1.6 million people have seen a movie here since November of 2007 (the town’s year-round population is only 15,000; people come from far and wide just to see a movie at the State). I’ve programmed the movies here every week since. We only show the good stuff, the great films, the movies that exude joy and tragedy and challenge us to think and feel and put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. Movies rich in humor and movies that reduce us to tears. Movies that transform us, inspire us and change our view of the world. Movies that just simply entertain us, thrill us. Small movies, big movies. Movies made by women. Ticket prices are low ($6.50-$8.50). Popcorn and pop is $2. Wednesday and Saturday matinees are 25 cents. 3D movies don’t cost any more than 2D. The screen is huge, and the picture and sound are perfect. There are no ads shown before the films, and a movie organ rises out of the stage just like it did in 1940s. And each July we put on a film festival which sells over 100,000 tickets. Joe, our incredible projectionist, put together this look back at our last 10 years, including clips from many of the greats films that have graced our screen. Come see us! https://www.facebook.com/stateandbijou/videos/1861491707212372/

18.11.2017

IMPEACH!‬ ‪It is time to remove this dangerous man from office.‬ I have just signed the "Need To Impeach" petition initiated by Tom Steyer of California. Over two million other Americans have also signed it. And that number keeps growing every hour. We -- all of us -- must not wait a minute longer to act.‬ ‪Trump has sent a fleet of our ships into the waters off North Korea in order to provoke the unhinged leader of that country to make the mistake of attacking us. This, plus Trump's reckless taunts at Kim Jong-un, is being done for one reason: to start some sort of conflict so that America will rally behind him and forget about the impending criminal indictments he, his family and his cohorts now face. He has put us all in danger, and he may get a lot of people killed.‬ ‪The Founders of this country were worried that, from time to time, we would have a President who would behave in such a manner that would put our nation in jeopardy, or a President who would try to profit off being in office, or a Commander-in-Chief who might not be right in the head (King George III gave them a good example of that). They feared we could end up with a President who might be a traitor to our country. They even knew that we might get stuck with someone who committed not just "high crimes" but also "misdemeanors." They wanted to make it easy for us to fix a mistake we've made. ‪My friends, we have the most colossal mistake in our history sitting right now in the Oval Office. And there is only one way to rectify it: TRUMP MUST BE IMPEACHED. We can NOT wait until November of 2020 for that to happen. We simply won't make it til then. The country we know as the United States of America will not be the same after three more years of Trump. You know it and I know it. Turning the TV off and trying to avoid the daily insanity won't make him go away.‬ ‪Donald J. Trump has proven himself to be completely unfit for office, a threat to our country and an imminent danger to this world.‬ ‪He is also not well. He is a malignant narcissist and an active sociopath. Because he holds the codes to, on his own, launch nuclear weapons, he is a singular threat to humanity.‬ ‪He has no fidelity to this country, to the constitution or to his oath of office.‬ He tried to coerce the director of the FBI into ending the investigation of him -- and when the director wouldn't, Trump fired him. It's only a matter of time before he fires the Special Prosecutor.‬ He has lied about his finances, his campaign’s dealings with Russia and just about everything else that has come out of his mouth. It is stunning to see how many untruths he speaks in a single day (this site keeps track of all of them on a daily basis: www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/ ). ‪But here's something even more stunning than Trump's high crimes and misdemeanors:‬ NOT ONE Democrat in the U.S. Senate has stood on that floor and called for his impeachment! Not one! Rep. Maxine Waters and other members in the House have not been afraid to do so. This morning, Rep. Steve Cohen was joined by Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. John Yarmuth, and Rep. Adriano Espaillat in introducing five Articles of Impeachment against Trump. But no Democrat in the Senate has yet to say this man must be impeached!‬ This petition I'm asking you to sign isn't just a challenge to the Republicans to clean house, it is a demand to the Democratic elected officials you and I voted for to DO THEIR JOB. Many of these Democrats have even said they are opposed to impeachment. They need to hear from us! Now! If recent history has proven anything, it's that Democrats only act when we tell them to.‬ ‪When you were opposed to George W. Bush getting ready to start a massive war in Iraq (when Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11), the majority of Democratic Senators voted to send us to war.‬ Most didn't change their votes until the citizenry went to the polls in the Democratic primaries in 2008 and rejected the Democratic candidate for President who had voted FOR the war. These Democratic candidates became anti-war because of YOU. ‪For decades, when you believed our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be able to get married, the establishment Democrats (including the Clintons and Obamas) said NO and used their religion as an excuse to say that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Only when the polls showed that a majority of Americans backed this basic civil right did Democratic leaders begin to "evolve."‬ Although the majority of Americans have favored a single-payer universal health care system for some time -- Medicare for All -- it took until last month for 16 Democratic Senators to finally back such a bill.‬ ‪The cautious and often-frightened Democratic leaders will usually, eventually, finally come around and do the right thing. And they do so because they are good at (sooner or later) listening to the will of the people.‬ That's why they need to hear from you and me right now. Give them the backbone and support they're looking for. Sign the Need to Impeach petition and let them see that the majority of us can't wait any longer to remove this dangerous man from office.‬ Here's the link once again: www.needtoimpeach.com Share it and this letter with your friends and everyone you know who loves this country. Let's not wait until he gets us in a war to sign this petition. Let's not wait until he turns another million acres of federal land over to the oil companies. Let's not wait until he and Betsy DeVos dismantle what's left of our once-admired-around-the-world public schools. Every day at his EPA, at his ICE headquarters, at his FDA and elsewhere, his cronies are literally taking apart our American way of life, piece by piece -- and it will take years to rebuild after all the damage they are doing.‬ ‪Can you really take one more day of this?‬ Please, I appeal to you, join with me and millions of your fellow Americans and sign this impeachment petition now: www.needtoimpeach.com‬ ‪I did. You must.‬ ‪Thank you for helping to save this country and this planet.‬ ‪Michael Moore‬

16.11.2017

https://www.facebook.com/Maher/videos/10155225947262297/

15.11.2017

Ok, after hearing the history of the Texas gunman, I finally get it. Before you can buy a gun in the USA, you first can beat your wife numerous times and point a gun at her and be charged with 6 counts of domestic violence, then you can beat and kick her baby until you break his skull, then, after you've served a prison sentence for that violence, you can be court-martialed and removed from the military for “bad conduct,” and THEN, after ALL that, you can have an hour-long stand-off with police after you’ve clubbed your dog in the head - after which you are then arrested for animal cruelty — AND THEN AND ONLY THEN you can go out a legally buy the assault weapon of your choice! WHY DOESN’T ANY OTHER COUNTRY FOLLOW OUR FINE EXAMPLE?!

06.11.2017

From the President who declared "Hamilton" to be "highly overrated" comes another insane Trump tweet (this one lying about my Broadway show!) — and beginning with these never-before-heard and soon-to-be-classic Trumpian words: "While not at all presidential I must point out..." Somehow he waited until he tweeted at me to admit for the first time that he is “not at all presidential” — something his actions had long ago proven, long before he was even sworn into office. When our side has a victory (saving Obamacare) or we turn out massive numbers against him (Women's March), he immediately goes into his Goebbels impersonation and the alternate, invented facts come spewing out. He does this as a last ditch effort to correct history in his image. And when he does it, it’s a badge of honor to all of us. So let's quickly debunk his two lies from last night about my show (the New York Times, Huffington Post https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-michael-moore-play_us_59f55635e4b07fdc5fbe9456?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006, New York Magazine’s “Vulture” http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/michael-moore-and-donald-trump-sparring-over-broadway-show.html , The Wrap and many others have already reported today that Trump made up shit about me) — and then let’s get back to the real business at hand: Guessing whether Manafort, Flynn or Don, Jr. are going to be arrested tomorrow... 1. My Broadway show sold millions of dollars of tickets. It did so well it's going to tour the country in 2018. Nearly 100,000 people saw It at the Belasco Theatre. It grossed an amazing $4.2 million in just 12 weeks. For 5 of those 12 weeks it was the #1 grossing play (non-musical) on Broadway. And it reached #1 even though I made sure 1/3 of all the seats were priced at $29-$49 (well below the Broadway average ticket of over $100). And I insisted that FREE tickets be distributed to students, low-income people, people from Flint, and citizens from any of the Muslim Travel Ban countries. (To see what the theater actually looked like every night, see the photos below.) 2. The show was never "closed". It ran the entire 12 weeks it was supposed to run when it was announced back on May 1st. https://twitter.com/keitholbermann/status/924411356002115585 The theater announced my show would run until October 22nd — and the run concluded on... October 22nd! My show was doing so well that, early on, the investors asked me if I would extend it to 13 weeks. But because I'm getting ready to start up a new prime time weekly TV series this winter, I had to say no. Remember — Trump is not the one who’s easily distracted. He’s the one holding the shiny keys, trying to distract US. Tweeting about me being on Broadway or other things that have nothing to do with getting the power turned back on in Puerto Rico is his strategy to distract the public from his absolute total failure to simply do his fucking job.

29.10.2017

What’s wrong with this picture? Here’s the poster I created for my film festival in Michigan last year. It’s a compilation of photos of who directed the Oscar-winning Best Picture of the Year for the past 90 years (and the top grossing directors in the ten years prior to that). When an art form - or society itself - shuts out the voices and the stories of the majority gender, we not only end up with a culture of Harveys, we are all the lesser for it. Think of all the great movies we’ve missed out on because one gender was purposefully and systematically blocked and excluded from making those movies. This poster (which I entitled “100 Years of CinemaN”) was my small statement against that. All the films we chose to be in our festival’s main program last year were by women filmmakers. An amazing array of movies that most of the public never gets to see. Fix this. Now. (Also, to state the obvious on this poster, only one Best Picture before 2017 was directed by a black man - from the UK. In 2017, the first Best Picture directed by an African American was “Moonlight”.)

21.10.2017

Backstage at my B’way show with Faye Dunaway and Graham Nash. Only 3 performances left - and 2 of them are today!

21.10.2017

21.10.2017

Only four shows left on Broadway! So sorry, but I have to return to making my movie and creating my TV series which debuts in February. My 12 weeks on Broadway was a limited engagement, a piece of live theater I wanted to write and perform — as much for my own own soul and creative spirit as for the thousands who got to see it. I got the theater to make the tickets affordable, with nearly half of all the seats for my shows going for only $29-$49 — something unheard of these days on Broadway. Even with this reduced price, my show was the #1 grossing play (non-musical) for 5 of these weeks that it’s been open. There will be no film nor TV version of it. It is what it is — live theater. I wish everyone could see it. Maybe I will try to take it to a few cities if I can before the 2018 election. But for now, my final performance is Sunday. I am going to miss this. Every night has rocked my head and my bones. To sit in a room with 900 people who care deeply about this country, and to do that 96 times — it has seriously moved me in directions I didn’t expect. One thing’s for sure: We’re going to take this country back. Standing every night for three months just 12 blocks from Trump Tower and shouting down the street “Here we come!” — well, that’s not only been personally exhilarating, it’s been a beautiful, urgent promise to a man the majority of Americans said they didn’t want as president.

20.10.2017

Only 5 shows left before I must move on! Wonderful moments on the stage in the past couple weeks with Stephen Colbert, Vanessa Redgrave, Rob Reiner and Rosario Dawson. #Broadway

20.10.2017

USE THIS MOMENT TO CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT HARVEYS by Michael Moore Anyone with a flicker of a conscience or a modicum of decency stands, as I do, with the women who've summoned the courage to tell the truth about Harvey Weinstein. But well-meaning platitudes of support for the abused are simply not enough. Why do we live in a society where men do not intervene when they witness the mistreatment of women? I have intervened on more than one occasion and I have fired men who sexually harass women. Harvey Weinstein knew better than to behave inappropriately toward women in my presence. I'm guessing successful sociopaths like him who get away with it for years are very, very careful not to let the kind of men who would stop them dead cold ever get a glimpse of who they really are. I don't live in Weinstein's Hollywood world and I make documentaries, so I can't speak to the culture he created and seemed to thrive in. I AM the only director that I know of who's actually taken Weinstein to court (for being a thief, which requires a different set of sociopathic skills, but, like sexual harassment, you can probably find them at a few Hollywood studios). All of us (men) must share the responsibility for allowing a society to exist where women do not feel safe. A society where, when they are abused, they are not able to tell their stories without fear of retribution and shame. A society that badgers, blames or scoffs at women when they tell their stories. Or how they tell their stories. Or "how long" it took them. They carry a burden that most of us (men) never have to experience. If you can't empathize with that or understand what they are dealing with, then maybe you're part of the problem. The New York Times investigation into the repugnant and abhorrent behavior of Harvey Weinstein (and the Weinstein Company) is a profound cultural/social/political moment that I believe could actually ignite a historic change in our society. What if we seized this moment and bring down, once and for all, the white male hierarchy which has ruled our way of life in America since the first boatload of religious zealots arrived on Plymouth Rock? And what if Hollywood commits, right now, to dismantling its rampant sexism and inequality, starting with appointing more female executives and letting more than 4% -- yes, it's actually only 4% -- of all its films be directed by women? Let's use this moment to end the abuse of women in our industry. Let's make this a call for men to take a stand against the men who perpetrate this corrosive, criminal behavior, to call them out and shut them down. We can do this. All it takes is the will and the decision to say "enough is enough!" I have four suggestions that Hollywood (and our greater society) should act on immediately: 1. Put all abusers on notice NOW: You know who you are, and scores of your employees, past and present, know who you are. You need to step down before they bring you down. There is nowhere left to hide. Your years of attacking and intimidating women are over. You have only two options: 1) Resign now, or 2) face an army of women and men who are going to take you out of power. You have seen this week what has happened to the most powerful, most well-known executive in Hollywood. You're next. Turn yourself in, or go far, far away to a place where you can no longer harm more women. 2. To those abusers who ignore the above warning and choose to stay in power because you think that this is all going to die down and blow over -- and that you are going to get to continue to get away with your behavior -- let me explain to you in clearer language how this is all going to end for you: Every one of your employees is now a documentary filmmaker. Thanks to the invention of the smartphone that has a built-in camera and voice recorder, every single one of your workers now carries in their pocket the ability to secretly record or film you and your harassment. And they will. They will post your crimes. You will be exposed, publicly shamed and hopefully removed. Avoid this cruel end by resigning now. 3. To the men who do treat women as equals and behave toward them with respect and dignity: This is your moment! Confront the abusive men at work. When you see something, you must say something. No more ignoring and turning away when you see women being harassed and intimidated in the workplace. This is on us. MEN, step forward, NOW! 4. The boards of directors of the Hollywood studios -- and all across corporate America -- must declare gender parity the new priority. Fifty-percent of all boards must be female. Hiring multiple female executives is the mandate. Of the top 100 grossing films each year, an average of only TWO are directed by women! All studios must commit to greenlighting more films by women (and, needless to say, by African Americans and other neglected groups). These are short term actions that can happen now. But I want to point out that there is also a fundamental fix that MUST occur in the long run if there is ever to be any real change. We must reform our broken economic system and transform it into one that is equitable and democratic, one where the gap between rich and poor is ELIMINATED so that no longer do a few wealthy men hold the power. We need to create a new economy where women and men have the same opportunities and are paid the same, an economy that no longer condemns generations to poverty and where their only option is to serve at the pleasure and the whim of the rich. We need businesses and workplaces that are owned and operated by their employees in a country where democracy is not just a word we mouth but an actual way of living -- at work, at school, in our neighborhoods and in our daily lives. A democratic economy is a must if we are ever going to be able to deny white men their major weapon of abuse -- the fear of financial insecurity -- that they have used against women for eons. This is our mission for the long haul, the big picture that must be addressed and changed. We must ALL commit to doing this. I believe our collective conscience will ultimately settle for nothing less, and the result will be a better world.

13.10.2017

Will the Democrats return to being Democrats? Run like FDR, we win. Run toward the Center or the Right, we lose.

12.10.2017

One week from today, Trump's LATEST version of his Muslim ban goes into effect. After mass, non-violent citizen action and dozens of legal challenges stopped it or slowed it down, the Trump administration has RELENTLESSLY been pushing new versions of the same, bigoted, cruel, anti-Muslim, un-American and unconstitutional policies. And come October 18th, those polices go into full effect. To show solidarity and support for our Muslim sisters and brothers threatened by this, I put a call out to the local community inviting anyone affected by it to come as my guests to last night's show. Dozens of women, mostly from Syria and Yemen, joined me. While they were in good spirits last night, I heard awful stories of families potentially being split apart and livelihoods that might be ruined. Next week, these women will be joined by thousands in Washington, D.C. to mobilize against the ban. If you can go to D.C., go to D.C. If you can't, organize an event in your own community. Call your representative and tell them we don't want this version of the Muslim ban or ANY version of the Muslim ban. And spread the word on social media that this is happening. While we all get easily distracted by the latest shiny object Trump puts in our faces, this new version of the Muslim ban has slowly been in the works and is now here. Our Muslim sisters and brothers need our help. Don't sit this one out. Don't be silent: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/ #NoMuslimBanEver

11.10.2017

My Proposal to Repeal the Second Amendment and Replace It With This: PROPOSED 28th AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION “A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed.” I, Michael Moore, along with all who support an end to this epidemic of gun violence, propose a new Amendment to our Constitution that repeals the ancient and outdated 2nd Amendment (which was written before bullets and revolvers were even invented), and replaces it with a new 28th Amendment that guarantees States can have State militias (a.k.a. State National Guards which are made up of citizen-soldiers who are called upon in times of natural disasters or other State emergencies), allows individuals to use guns for sport and gathering food, and guarantees everyone the right to be free of, and protected from, gun violence (i.e., the public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun). This amendment would allow states and the federal government to pass laws that would regulate gun ownership in the following manner: • As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner). This law has greatly reduced most spousal/domestic gun murders in Canada. • All automatic and semi-automatic guns are banned. • No gun or clip can hold more than 6 bullets. • To activate a gun for it to be used, the trigger must recognize the fingerprint of its registered owner. This will eliminate most crimes committed with a gun as 80% of these crimes are done with a stolen gun. • One’s guns must be stored at a licensed gun club or government-regulated gun storage facility. Believing that having a gun in your home provides you with protection is an American myth. People who die from a home invasion make up a sad but minuscule .04% of all gun murders in the US. And over a third of them are killed by their own gun that the criminal has either stolen or wrestled from them. • To own and operate a gun one must obtain a license (like one does to operate a car). To get a license you have to complete a gun training and safety course and pass a thorough background check. • As nearly half of all gun deaths are suicides, mental health care must become a top national health priority and must be properly funded. And by making it more difficult to purchase a gun - and requiring its storage outside the home - easy access during a suicidal moment is denied. • Current restrictions placed on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), due to successful lobbying by the NRA, have prohibited them from studying the gun violence epidemic in the US. These rules need to be removed and the funding restored. Science will then be free to find out why we are ALONE among nations in killing each other at such a massive rate (hint: It’s not just the guns - it’s us as Americans). These are a few of the regulations that can be enacted to both protect society yet not deny hunters and sportsmen their fun. This is the sane approach that meets everyone’s needs -- everyone, that is, except those of the serial killer, the mass murderer, the violent ex-husband, the disgruntled employee or the disturbed and bullied teenager. We will never eliminate all murder; that’s been with us since Cain killed Abel. But we CAN join the community of enlightened nations where gun violence is that rare occurrence — as opposed to the daily tragedy we now suffer here in the United States of America. This can come to an end with the repeal of the 2nd Amendment and replacing it with the 28th Amendment. For those who believe it will be impossible to do this, let me close by sharing with you two important facts that should give us hope: 1. We are not a country of gun nuts. 77% of all Americans do NOT own a gun! If three-quarters of the country has decided they have no need for a gun, three-quarters of the country may also decide they have no need for an archaic amendment that allows retired accountants to own 47 assault weapons. LET’S ORGANIZE THE 77%! 2. When President Obama tried to get Congress to pass simple, common sense gun control legislation after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, polls showed 90% of the country backed him! But the NRA beat him. LET’S ORGANIZE THE 90%! We can start with the upcoming midterm election. Let every candidate know: If you take NRA money, we will remove you from office. Then do it.

04.10.2017

For 11 days Trump has let Puerto Rico wallow in hell, its people -- Americans -- suffering and dying. Make me Commander-In-Chief for one week and here's what I'll do to save our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico: 1. Send the ENTIRE Army Corps of Engineers IMMEDIATELY to Puerto Rico.They can rebuild infrastructure and restore electricity and cell service. 2. Send aircraft carriers loaded with helicopters to Puerto Rico. They can easily airlift water, food & medicine to every part of the island. 3. Fly Air Force cargo planes, criss-crossing over the island, and parachute-drop supplies everywhere to the people. 4. Send in the 82nd Airborne! They can do anything and everything! 5. Send in all Army truck drivers to get those trucks full of supplies that are now sitting on the docks moving out to the people. 6. Send in the Marines! Amphibious landings can easily happen all over the island. They can bring generators and other needed materials. 7. Tell all of the airlines they must contribute hundreds of free flights for all Puerto Ricans who want to come and stay with relatives and friends in the mainland US. 8. Send a dozen massive tanker ships filled with gasoline and other needed fuels. 9. As a US territory, and for the safety and protection of the Puerto Rican people, all rebuilding must be done by following the same building codes that contractors have to follow on the mainland. 10. When the immediate crisis has been resolved, Congress must respect the wishes of over 60% of the Puerto Rican people and make PR a state. And do the same for DC and the Virgin Islands (which also need the same military aid & response right now)! Trillions of our tax dollars are ripped from us and sent to the Pentagon. For what? So much wrong has been done in our name. Finally, here's a chance to use the military to truly save American lives and protect American citizens. If I were in charge, that is what I would do.

01.10.2017

That night Meryl Streep stopped backstage after my Broadway show. I thought, "I would vote for her in 2020." Who wouldn't! Thank God for her.

01.10.2017

It’s Friday night on Broadway! So I’m treating my audience to Ben & Jerry’s!

30.09.2017