Again, this is why I love my job so much. It's the coolest thing in the world for me, that I get to witness little parts of history.
I found myself at USC last night. Michael Moore was speaking at a political rally that was supposed to encourage college students to get out and vote on election day.
It really was more of an "anti-Bush bash". Most of what he said in the time that I was there, was just a very entertaining stream of anti-Bush statements. He spoke to a group of, oh. . .
. . .I don't know, you count them. Anyway, it was a lot of people. Especially to be in one place for so little music involved.
Now, what I need is a favor. I need people who have seen his movie to stop looking at me like I'm making a political statement for not having seen it. It's making me uncomfortable. Anytime it's brought up, the people who voting Democrat look at me (and hiss) like I'm one of "THOSE" people, the evil ones.
People voting Republican are quieter about it. When the Democrats stop hissing and turn away, the Republicans kind of wink and give a small nod. One guy even made a funny gesture with his thumb and eyebrow. Maybe he was just wiping his face (some of the Democrat hissing gets out of hand).
From what I understand of Michael Moore's position, I'd probably get something out of seeing his film. Maybe I'd be better informed and at the very least, I'd be entertained. It's just difficult for me to want to go out of my way to see a film that feels anything like propaganda. Even if I'm inclined to agree with it. Even if I suspect the content to be true (or mostly true).
I'm finding far too many reasonable people completely focused on supporting their candidate, while much of what I see as the reality of the situation is ignored. There are important issues that get little or no attention from either side. I know who I'm going to vote for and why. I'll see the movie at some point, maybe on DVD or maybe on TV. For now, I just want to cover the news and encourage people to be a part of the process.
You can't make a change without taking action, but if going to a movie is the course of action you decide to take, go see "Shaun of the Dead". It's a comedy about brain dead zombies.
(sigh) That wasn't a political statement, I really just liked the movie.