Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bowling for Columbine
I’ll be honest to you and tell you right off the bat that I’m not a fan of Michael Moore’s work, or his person for that matter, quite the opposite so. I’m willing to give him that he makes a few valid points in Bowling for Columbine, other than in his follow-up mockumentary Fahrenheit 9/11 where all he deliveres are sarcastic comments about then President George W. Bush but otherwise shows himself void of any real political interests. Moore is the typical blender/mockumentary director that strives on creating controversy and putting on a show of care, populism on the lowest level.
There’s a part in Bowling for Columbine that always rubbed me the wrong way, the interview with Marilyn Manson. But in fact the cynical hypocrisy of that part is typical not only for Moore, but this whole "genre" he stands for, interviewing an artist who’s whole income is build on feeding off the hate culture which churns out kids like the two Columbine attackers, a fact Moore conveniently ignores.
It's true, neither Manson nor any of his comrades can be blamed for the tragic incidents happening on that day, not any more at least than any given part of the weapons industry.
Still it’s a laughing farce to hear that man talk about responsibility when he himself fails to take his own share of it.