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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:29 am
Before the US election, Michael Moore was anxious that his documentary Overweight 9/11 be broadcast everywhere so that it might turn voters against Bush:
The only problem with my desire to get this movie in front of as many Americans as possible is that, should it air on TV, I will NOT be eligible to submit “Fahrenheit 9/11” for Academy Award consideration for Best Documentary. Academy rules forbid the airing of a documentary on television within nine months of its theatrical release (fiction films do not have the same restriction).
Therefore, I have decided not to submit “Fahrenheit 9/11” for consideration for the Best Documentary Oscar. If there is even the remotest of chances that I can get this film seen by a few million more Americans before election day, then that is more important to me than winning another documentary Oscar. I have already won a Best Documentary statue. Having a second one would be nice, but not as nice as getting this country back in the hands of the majority.
It was all about the election.. But now, with the US safely returned to absolute Bush control, Moore has—big surprise—changed his mind. Asked by Rolling Stone if his movie failed, Moore replied:
No. I mean, Bush is still in office, but the film is about the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. Those were the original reasons I made the film. It wasn’t about the election. The feeling I had after Roger and Me was different because those of us from Flint [Michigan] who made the movie felt like we had the power to change things. In this case, you know, I wasn’t the candidate. I couldn’t make John Kerry give a very simple answer to what he would do with this war.
All Kerry’s fault. Gotcha. On the plus side, the country is back in the hands of the majority.