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I could be wrong but I have a feeling that Michael Moore may think twice about showing up to any more of these Occupy events. Word has seemed to have emerged that Moore is part of that 1% that the Occupiers are so worked up about:
An Occupy Portland participant asked Moore if the richest 400 people in the country could "give back" $1 million each. The hypocritical flimmaker repeated the question saying it was a good idea.
A reporter for the Oregon based website Daylight Disinfectant shouted out, "How about a million of your 50 million?"
Moore ignored this and instead continued speaking to the crowd.
After Moore finished his speech, the reporter and his cameraman followed the schlockumentarian asking versions of the same question.
"Aren't you part of the one percent?"
When Moore still ignored him, the reporter said, "$50 million Michael Moore. Here he comes."
Despite this, crowd members could be heard shouting, "Michael, we love you."
The reporter then asked, "Hey Michael, you flying the corporate jet back? Huh, your own private jet?"
At that point, the crowd turned on the reporter shouting, "Who's paying you?"
What all this proves is a couple things. First, Moore is a shameless panderer. He is part of the CEO crowd that practice the very kind of income disparity that the Occupy movement claims to deplore. He makes millions of dollars off of his public persona as a man of the people. He dresses up like a slob and carries himself like a commoner...while in front of the cameras. But as this web reporter pointed out, in private he conducts himself with all the trappings of the very rich he supposedly despises.
Unless he wants this very lucrative charade to fall apart, Moore is going to have to temper these uncoordinated, uncontrolled appearances...otherwise the truth of who and what he is may emerge in front of those who he counts on to be his useful dupes.
The other thing this reveals, by virtue of the chants coming from the crowd of "We love you Michael," and the assault on the reporter, is that these Occupiers are in this thing for the social upheaval, not the message. Any true anti-wealth, anti-greed movement would see Moore as a major enemy. I don't see him as one, but these crowds - if they really believe that wealth is evil and should be "eaten" - should consider him one. The fact that they don't only proves the clueless and confused nature of a bunch of folks gathering on streets without any purpose beyond pooping on police cars.