You know it’s a slow month for new sci-fi movies when Movie Club members can be found taking in the latest political documentary! But seriously folks, we went to see the new Michael Moore movie “Capitalism: A Love Story” on purpose. Why? Because we love Michael Moore. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that all true Star Trek fans should love Michael Moore…
I know there are people out there who say they hate Michael Moore, but one of my favorite quotations about hate goes something along the lines of “hate is not the opposite of love – apathy is.” See, hate is a very strong emotion, and you can only get that worked up emotionally over something you really care about. So hate can’t be the opposite of love. It’s only when you don’t give a shit at all anymore – when you become apathetic – that you’ve truly crossed over into anti-love territory (like the way we all felt about Star Trek after the first season of Enterprise).
But people who “hate” Michael Moore tend to get so into their tantrums they froth at the mouth and spew bile (figuratively and literally). They generally feel that Moore is too biased and fudges his facts to sway opinion in favor of his side of the issue (of course, we could easily say the same of Roddenberry and Trek’s political allegories).
But you can’t blame the naysayers, Moore’s work tends to tackle some pretty incendiary issues; he’s made films about corporate greed, teen violence, gun control, terrorism, health care and now the financial crisis. Folks tend to get uppity about highly-charged issues and don’t take kindly to hearing a point of view they disagree with get so much attention. Naturally they’re going to fight back!
And thus why we should all tip our hat to the filmaker – whether or not you like Michael Moore and his political beliefs, he’s shining a dilithium-powered spotlight on issues and concerns that the public at large often ignores – and making us talk about them! Just like Star Trek when at its best, his work is challenging people with ideas and concepts they may not otherwise have contemplated and his movies regularly provide a catalyst for discussion.
Wait, did I say discussion? That’s putting it mildly – his movies spark long, heated debates that regularly get people’s panties in a twist, live on TV! The “discussions” in the press that follow most Michael Moore movies are generally only one, small step away from turning into the Jerry Springer show (you know, just like fan debates over Kirk vs Picard).
*Sigh,* if only Star Trek did that more often (and no, debating if the movie was any good doesn’t count).
So next time someone says they hate Michael Moore, maybe give them the ironic reminder that it’s only because of him that they now have an audience for their own points of view…
PS: Oh yeah, the movie was great, too. Everyone living in the US owes it to themselves – and their future – to see it. And discuss!