[FoRK] Moore wins Palme d'Or, advises Bush: Don't choke on the pretzels.

Contempt for Meatheads jbone at place.org
Sat May 22 16:02:55 PDT 2004


Moore tells Bush to watch the pretzels
Sat 22 May, 2004 22:52

By Paul Majendie

CANNES, France (Reuters) - After winning the top prize at Cannes for  
his anti-Bush documentary, American filmmaker Michael Moore said he  
hoped the President had not been eating a pretzel when he heard the  

Moore admitted to one regret after accepting the Palme d'Or on Saturday  
-- he forgot to thank George W. Bush for providing the funniest lines  
in "Fahrenheit 9/11", a blistering attack on Bush's handling of Iraq  
and the war on terror.

Moore hopes to release the film this summer and spark heated political  
debate with his searing diatribe in the run-up to November's  
presidential election.

Asked what he thought Bush's reaction might be to the award, he told a  
packed news conference: "He is probably choking on a pretzel or  
something. I hope nobody tells him that I have won this award while he  
is eating a pretzel."

Bush fainted in 2002 after choking on a pretzel while watching a  
football game on television.

"He has the funniest lines in the film. I am eternally grateful to  
him," Moore said.

The Oscar-winning director mocked leading members of the Bush  
administration, saying: "I believe them to be actors.

"I forgot out there on the stage to thank my cast. So if I could do  
that now, I want to thank Mr Bush, Mr Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Donald  
Rumsfeld. I thought the love scene between Cheney and Rumsfeld brought  
a tear to my eye."

Moore predicted that some right-wing media in the United States would  
portray the award as being given by France, one of the staunchest  
opponents of America's war in Iraq.

"The jury was not a French jury. This was an international jury  
dominated by Americans," he said.

Angered by the way Americans had reacted against the French over its  
resistance to the conflict in Iraq, he said: "We owe the people of this  
country an apology for the way they were debased in our media."

Moore, who won an Oscar for his anti-gun lobby film "Bowling for  
Columbine", was fiercely proud that a documentary had now won the Palme  
d'Or, one of cinema's greatest accolades.

"Non-fiction is taking itself out of its own ghetto," he said.

And then he proudly quoted what cult director Quentin Tarantino -- the  
Cannes jury president -- had told him.

"He said: 'We want you to know that the politics of your film had  
nothing to do with the award. You were given the award because you made  
a great film.'"

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