I’m a pretty political person and have some fairly strong held conservative beliefs and most people who know me have heard me espouse them once or twice. But I have declined to use this blog to discuss politics and have mostly refrained from talking politics on other people’s blogs and boards recently. Partly, I think the country is tired of talking politics after the exhaustive debate we had leading up to the recent election; I know I am. But my main reason for not talking politics on this blog is I think it’s bad to mix politics and business. I do a lot of personal stuff on this blog, but it’s main purpose is to promote myself and raise awareness of myself as a writer and since I’m not a political writer I don’t talk politics. And also, I’ll admit it, as a conservative working in a predominantly liberal field and living in one of the most liberal cities this side of Berkley, I’m just sick of defending myself.
So it only seems appropriate that my first, and most likely only, post of a political nature is in regard to Michael Moore. Moore is a native of Davison, Michigan, which like my hometown of Grand Blanc, is considered the “Flint area.” Recently Moore has been in the local and national news, not because of his politics or films, but because he’s been denied induction into the Davison High School Hall of Fame for the fourth time. The story has appeared in most major American news outlets including USA Today and the AP, along with several international publications including the Globe and Mail of Toronto. I was going to write about this when the story originally came to my attention a couple of weeks ago but I got distracted while defending myself and my love of musical theater (yeah I’m looking at you Banks). But today there is another story in our local paper on the topic and it got me flustered enough to respond to it. But do you want to know the weird thing?
This post is in support of Michael Moore.
While I detest Moore’s politics and personality, and believe his “every man” image is a complete fake, and I was one of the many people from our area who thought he was an idiot for making his little dig at Bush during the Oscars last year, I think he deserves to be honored as a notable alumni from his high school. I would hope that if the day ever comes I make a mark on the country through my art that my high school doesn’t ignore me just because they disagree with my politics or my personality. The major reason given by the nomination commitee for not recognizing Moore is because they don’t think he’s a good role model for students. Since when is being a good role model criteria for being recognized for one’s achievements? The list is long of sports and film starts who were honored in a hall of fame or along the walk of fame for their accomplishments but would not be called role models. I was talking to somebody about this a while ago in regards to Pete Rose. While I think his gambling is something that should have been punished severely, I still think he should be inducted into the hall of fame for his accomplishments. Would I want my son to be like Pete Rose? No. Do I still think Pete Rose needs to be recognized for his contributions to baseball? Yes.
And let’s be clear here, there are plenty of positive things to recognize Moore for. He is an Academy Award winning filmmaker and the creator of two of the highest grossing documenteries of all time. And even though I disgarre with much of the content, I still think his movies are very entertaining. On top of this he is a New York Times bestselling author several times over. Any one of these accomplishments alone should be enough to get Moore into his high school hall of fame. Not to mention the money he’s donated to shcool and community along with the scholarships he’s endowed at the school. It’s a hall of FAME and the story about his denial appeared in USA Today, the AP and international papers. I’d say that qualifies as famous. If people were trying to induct him into the Davison High School Hall of People We Want Our Kids to be Like then his critics might have a better case.
So that’s it, end of politics. Tommorow we get back to business with Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Part I as I detail how I came to my love of all things Broadway.