Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore is so hell-bent on being a leader of the Occupy Wall Street movement that he's willing to lie about his wealth on national television.
Appearing for the second time this month on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday, Moore dishonestly pushed back on any suggestion that he's part of the top one percent in this nation who are millionaires (video follows with transcript and commentary):
PIERS MORGAN, HOST: I need you to admit the bleeding obvious. I need you to sit here and say, I'm in the 1 percent, because it's important.
MICHAEL MOORE: Well, I can't. Because I'm not.
MORGAN: Because the validity of your argument -- you are, though.
MOORE: No, I'm not. I'm not.
MORGAN: You're not in if 1 percent?
MOORE: Of course I'm not. How can I be in the 1 percent?
MORGAN: Because you're worth millions.
MOORE: No, that's not true. Listen, I do really well. I do well. But what's the point, though? Isn't that --
MORGAN: I do, because I find it more interesting if you're in the 1 percent because I think you probably are.
MOORE: Yes. Yes.
MORGAN: You qualify.
MORGAN: That you are railing against a lot of capitalist ideals.
MOORE: Well, then if you believe that about me, then that's really something, isn't it?
MORGAN: No, I'm asking if you accept that.
MOORE: That even -- that even though -- that even though I do well, that I don't associate myself with those who do well, I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system. And that's how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence, it's a system that's unfair to the average working person of this country.
And it was a mistake to ever give me a dime from the day Time Warner actually gave me money to buy "Roger and Me."
MORGAN: (INAUDIBLE) I thought eventually.
MOORE: No, no, but this place essentially was where I began. And --
MORGAN: OK. Let's go to somebody who is in the 99 --
MOORE: I hope they rue the day that they ever allowed me up on a movie screens.
MORGAN: I'm sure we will.
According to our friends at Celebrity Net Worth, Moore's fortune currently totals $50 million:
Fahrenheit 911 raked in $230 million in theaters and another $3 million in DVD sales. After the theaters take their traditional 50% cut, that leaves roughly $130 million. Take away marketing, production and distribution expenses and Moore is conservatively left with $80 million. Moore was able to secure a deal from Miramax which guaranteed him 27% of his film’s net revenues, or roughly $21.6 million. Michael also was entitled to 50% of the profits of Sicko which are estimated to be $17 million.
Moore wants to dress and act as if he's just a regular guy part of the 99 percenters, but he is every bit a multimillionaire doing everything in his power to make more money for himself.
That folks in this movement hold this man up as an icon for what they stand for is an indictment of how clueless and hypocritical they are as well.