Wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore denied on television that he is part of the wealthiest one percent in America.
“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,” Noel Sheppard reports at Newsbusters.
When grilled by Morgan, Moore repeatedly insisted that he is not worth millions nor did he admit being part of the so-called “1 percent.”
Eventually, he admitted doing well, but said he doesn’t associate himself with those who are in the top one percent.
“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,” he said.
Moore went on to say that it “was a mistake to ever give me a dime from the day Time Warner actually gave me money to buy Roger and Me.”
He continued by saying corporations who gave him money to be on the movie screen would “rue the day” that ever happened.
While Moore insists he is not in the top 1 percent, Celebrity Net Worth reports the filmmaker is worth an estimated $50 million.
Michael Moore is a controversial documentary filmmaker with a net worth of $50 million. Moore’s biggest three movies; Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 911 and Capitalism A Love Story have earned over $300 million at the box office.
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 is the author of several best selling books and received a $1 million advance for “Dude Where’s My Country” plus a generous percentage of the book sales.
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.
He invests his fortune in stocks – including the Left’s most-hated company Halliburton! – and isn’t pro-union when it comes to managing his own business.
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.
Not only is Moore part of the “one percent,” his ties to the ‘evil’ Halliburton, and his record with unions makes him a hypocrite.
Sheppard posted a transcript of the exchange between Moore and Morgan:
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 that they ever allowed me up on a movie screens.
MORGAN: I’m sure we will.
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