Michael Moore was right about America electing Donald Trump. Even more specifically, he was right about white voters in the Rust Belt voting for Trump, even though many of those same people voted for Obama at least once. Personally, I’m willing to give Moore credit for his Cassandra-like vision of Trump’s America, but I have always been wary of his interpretations of why those (white) voters voted the way they did. Like, Moore believes that it was all about the economy. I believe it was a perfect storm of institutionalized misogyny and racism. But whatever, I’m tired of arguing about it. Moore recently said that his sixth sense was telling him that he Trump would not be impeached until his second term. Sure. In any case, Moore is going to be around to document everything. The man who brought us Fahrenheit 9/11 is now doing Fahrenheit 11/9.
Surprise! Michael Moore is working on a new movie. Bob and Harvey Weinstein announced Tuesday they have, through their Fellowship Adventure Group, acquired worldwide rights to the Oscar-winning documentarian’s latest nonfiction project, titled Fahrenheit 11/9.
Moore, 63, is currently directing the movie, which will examine the factors that contributed to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential victory (despite losing the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by around 3 million) and subsequent tenure as the nation’s leader. Its title is a reference to the day Trump was declared president at 2:29 a.m. ET (and a play on Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11, which investigated the George W. Bush administration’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks).
“The filming has been done under a strict cloak of secrecy and is expected to be key in dissolving Trump’s ‘teflon’ shield and, in turn, his presidency,” a press release reads. Via statement, Moore continues: “No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked. No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie.”
Fahrenheit 11/9 will reportedly contain “the mix of outrage and mischievous humor that has made Moore the most successful documentary filmmaker in the world,” and sees the filmmaker reuniting with the team who helped craft his Academy Award-nominated documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, including Meghan O’Hara, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.
I think Moore is probably a little bit like Chelsea Handler, in that he can’t f-cking stand Trump but Trump is “good for business,” so to speak, and so there’s part of him that wants the Trump administration to continue just so there’s plenty of material to cover. I said on Twitter this week that it will probably take a 9/11-style commission to unravel all of this Trump-Russia nonsense, and I still believe that. We are not going to unravel this mess with a Michael Moore documentary. It’s going to take calm, sober legal minds and an assload of forensic accountants to piece together all of threads of this sh-t.
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