Moore and moore hypocrisy
Anti-capitalist-in-chief Michael Moore has been accused of hypocrisy over a massive payout for filming his latest flick
Anti-capitalist-in-chief Michael Moore, famous for movies such as Bowling for Columbine, Farenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story has been accused of hypocrisy over a massive payout for filming his latest flick.
The Washington Examiner reports that Moore received nearly one million dollars in 'incentives' to film Capitalism: A Love Story, in the state of Michigan - a corporatist endeavour the likes of which receive sharp repudiation in the film itself.
The movie looks at the recent financial crisis and the U.S. economy during the transition between the incoming Obama Administration and the outgoing Bush Administration. It criticises the use of 'corporate welfare', the notion that government should give handouts or bailouts to private companies like Moore's own.
Louise Story, a writer for the New York Times has written a longer piece on how Michigan has been charming Hollywood types in order to film there and raise the profile of the city. She writes:
"Hollywood may make movies about the evils of capitalism, but it rarely works without incentives, which are paid for by taxpayers. Nationwide, about $1.5 billion in tax breaks is awarded to the film industry each year, according to a state-by-state survey by The New York Times.
Before long, residents were rushing out on their lunch breaks to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Drew Barrymore, who was filming her movie “Whip It” in Ann Arbor, and Clint Eastwood, who was shooting “Gran Torino” in the Detroit area. Even Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called “Capitalism: A Love Story,” sought and received incentives."
Moore is said to have received $841,145 in 'incentives' to film in Michigan.
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