November 13, 2004

Michael Moore -- The Really Big Winner of 2004

This just in.

I really wish a lot of people would drop the concept that Michael Moore is the chief reason for the loss of the election and is, by extension, one of the 'Big Losers' of 2004. Nothing could be further from the truth. Moore is one of the biggest winners of 2004 and I am sure he'd have it no other way.

Look at it this way: Playing to the obvious hates of the Democrats: Big Corporations, Outsourcing, Guns, George Bush, and Pets Sold As Meat has been a cornucopia for Moore that just keeps getting bigger. So big, in fact, that Moore has, in the last year alone, gone from being your average millionaire to a man of real wealth.

The grosses tell the story. Here's the estimate of revenues and costs of 911 from Box Office Mojo

World Boxoffice Gross: $218,000,000
Budget and Marketing Costs: $21,000,000

Say that half the gross comes back to you and you are looking at a net profit to be split between Moore and his partners of around $88,000,000. If Moore pockets even half of that, and his split is probably more, he takes in $44,000,000. Assuming he pays the standard 'Heinz-Kerry' tax rate of 12%, he nets something north of $38,000,000. And that's before we even start into record shattering rentals and DVD sales of 911:

Moore's eagerly anticipated video of Fahrenheit 9/11 turned 1.36 million copies and earned more than $4.7 million on DVD alone in its first week.
-- Box Office Mojo
Oh yes, let's not forget the sales from all his previous films, the book deals, and the speaking fees of $30 to $50K that he's racking up from wounded associations and colleges around the country.

On top of that, you have the lionizing awards from the French and the Oscar from the "Academy." Put it all together and you have one fat and happy winner who is, first and foremost, looking forward to continuing this streak now that he has helped keep the Democrats out of power.

After all, if they had won, Moore's streak would have been severely curtailed. It was in his interest to do everything he could to make sure this would not happen. We can't blame him if the Democrats helped him along.

All in all, a brilliant performance by a genius at manipulation. I'm sure that every morning, Moore looks deep into his mirror and says, "I'd like to thank all the little people for four more years! Oh, yes, and not forgetting those stupid white men, John, John, Teddy and Jimmy."

Posted by Vanderleun at November 13, 2004 8:12 PM
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I hadn't looked at it this way, but it makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: FH at November 13, 2004 4:50 PM

Thanks for ruining my day.

Posted by: Ron Deaton at November 13, 2004 7:08 PM

Arafat would be a better candidate for Man of the Year.

Posted by: leelu at November 13, 2004 9:10 PM

Somebody else postulated something similar to me a year or so back. Any odds that someday, MM just comes out and says exactly that (and laughs at the right for unwittingly playing along)?

Posted by: P.A. Breault at November 13, 2004 9:18 PM

When a marginally talented person achieves great success, I always assume a deal with Satan is involved.

I've always wondered about this...if such a deal is struck, how is the initial contact with Old Scratch made in the first place?

Is there an 800 number? A website?

I'd ask Moore, Britney Spears, Eminem, Maddonna, and Fred Durst, but they don't return my calls.

If this is the case, there is a silver lining. Most sellers of souls die fairly young in a dramatic fashion.

Tick Tock...

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at November 14, 2004 3:12 AM

You're on the nose with this one, Vanderleun. And, as I pointed out on The Glittering Eye, so are the MSM and for the same reason. Hyperpartisanship is such a big seller we can expect a lot more of it next time around.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at November 14, 2004 7:10 AM

I nominate Arafat for Corpse of the Year.

Posted by: Stephen B at November 14, 2004 1:46 PM

I guess the billions that Arafat stole also makes him a winner then?

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at November 14, 2004 7:34 PM

"When a marginally talented person achieves great success, I always assume a deal with Satan is involved."

And we all know that Pres. Reagan's BH house number was changed from 666 at their request.

It is all coming together.

Posted by: ccron at November 15, 2004 8:33 PM

you know if you shaved this fat fuck he'd look just like Arafish's smelly pig of a wife Sooey.

and im sure she's just as proud of her take from the Oil for Weapons of mass destruction she's tucked away in her swiss bank account.

the lease is up at the UN - get the f out Kofi Cake...

Posted by: Ripley (R) at November 26, 2004 1:26 AM