Michael Moore at the Academy Awards

Update: Here is the text of Michael Moore's acceptance speech:
Michael Moore: Whoa. On behalf of our producers Kathleen Glynn and Michael Donovan from Canada, I'd like to thank the Academy for this. I have invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us, and we would like to — they're here in solidarity with me because we like nonfiction. We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elects a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fictition of duct tape or fictition of orange alerts we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you. And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up. Thank you very much.
Michael Moore rocked the Academy Awards tonight with his acceptance speech following the Best Documentary Award for Bowling for Columbine. At first there were a few cheers but they quickly turned to jeers when he said "Shame on President Bush" whom he called a fictitious president running a fictitious war. By the time he was done, there were loud boos. Moore was laughing, he knew his remarks were over the top, but he clearly intended to shock, and the boos were his confirmation that he succeeded.

We weren't offended by his remarks. But we think he wasted a good opportunity and instead accomplished just what we were afraid of: turning millions of people off. Not by his beliefs, but in the way he chose to express them. It's his right of course, but he certainly didn't help the anti-war movement, in our opinion.

After Moore, host Steve Martin came back and got a laugh with his line, "As you might expect, things are going great backstage. The Teamsters just loaded Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo."

Update: Contrast Moore with Adrian Brody who got cheers and a standing ovation for his heartfelt plea that the war end soon.

Smythe's World: "For all the reaction that [it] caused, I have yet to hear anyone say that a single word of what Michael Moore said last night was false. Sometimes it's tacky to tell the truth. "

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