May 5, 2004

Moore Mired

But Disney executives indicated that they would not budge from their position forbidding Miramax to be the distributor of the film in North America. Overseas rights have been sold to a number of companies, executives said.

“We advised both the agent and Miramax in May of 2003 that the film would not be distributed by Miramax,” said Zenia Mucha, a company spokeswoman, referring to Mr. Moore’s agent. “That decision stands.”

Disney came under heavy criticism from conservatives last May after the disclosure that Miramax had agreed to finance the film when Icon Productions, Mel Gibson’s company, backed out.

Mr. Moore’s agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney’s chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush’s brother, Jeb, is governor.

Story: The New York Times > Disney Forbidding Distribution of Film That Criticizes Bush

Moore seems to go through this with a lot of his books and films. What is it about that guy? He should have caved to criticism long ago.

It’s no secret that I have been interested in what Moore has had to say. I think he says a lot of things that need saying, that other people are often afraid to say. He comes under criticism for distortions, and when he disproves his critics (as he did when he showed the full footage of that checking-account gun deal at the bank in Bowling For Columbine) those responses fall of deaf ears.

But on this specific story, I’m not surprised Disney is reacting this way. I think it’s reprehensible, but when you’ve got that much money, what’s to stop you? This film will come out eventually, probably sooner than later, and Disney will be able to say that they had no part in helping to inform the American people.

Posted by James at May 5, 2004 12:01 PM
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