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Pete Townshend vs. Michael Moore

Old 07-11-04, 03:51 PM
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Pete Townshend vs. Michael Moore

I just realized that Music Talk hasn't had a Michael Moore thread. C'mon, people!

Townshend fuming over Fahrenheit row

10/07/2004 - 11:42:22

Rock legend Pete Townshend has launched a scathing attack at film-maker Michael Moore, saying he has been "bullied and slurred" by the director.

Last year, the Stupid White Men author Moore approached the The Who guitarist to ask the star permission to use his song Won't Get Fooed Again in his controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which criticises George Bush's administration.

Townshend refused to let the Oscar-winning director use the song, because the rocker didn't enjoy Moore's previous films Bowling for Columbine and Roger and Me.

Townshend fumes: "Michael Moore has been making some claims, using my name, which distort the truth.

"I greatly resent being bullied and slurred by him just because he didn't get what we wanted from me. It seems to me that this aspect of his nature is not unlike that of the powerful and willful man at the centre of his documentary.

"He says that I refused to allow him to use my song Won't Get Fooled Again in his latest film because I support the war. I have never hidden the fact that at the beginning of the war in Iraq, I was a supporter. But now I am less sure we did the right thing.

"I had not really been convinced by Bowling For Columbine and had been worried about its accuracy. To me, it felt like a bullying film. Once I had an idea what Fahrenheit 9/11 was about, I was 90 per cent certain my song was not right for them and pointed out that Won't Get Fooled Again is not an unconditionally anti-war song."


This is the first celebrity that I've heard of that has had anything negative to say about Moore. And he's European, too!

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(that's really all i can think of saying)
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I'm confused. What has Moore been saying about Townshend that has him upset? And while we're at it, what's the "scathing attack"? Yeah, he's said something negative here and doesn't seem to be a Moore fan, but is this just a response in an interview or has he really "launched a scathing attack" like the article claims?

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This is very interesting for sure. Geez, I'd hate to piss off one of my musical heroes. Maybe Moore should just stick with Camper Van Beethoven.
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Seems like Pete just wants some attention. I've heard or read nothing from Moore about this, certainly nothing scathing. And I did see this mentioned on tv, and they also didn't seem to have anything to support the claim the Moore was trashing Pete in the media.
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Spoilsport? Moi?

Originally posted by DJLinus
I just realized that Music Talk hasn't had a Michael Moore thread. [....] This is the first celebrity that I've heard of that has had anything negative to say about Moore. And he's European, too!
If you want to talk about MM please bump one of the threads in Other Talk: if it isn't about the Music then it it doesn't really belong in Music Talk.

[And, please, no clever variations on a theme to get around this closure. Thank you].

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