So a new controversy is raging, or at least getting into gear, regarding Michael Moore’s latest doco “Sicko” . How terribly convenient it is for Big Mike and his distributors that George and the lads have decided to look into the legality of his recent trip across the drink to Cuba. If I’d been in charge of marketing for Big Mike’s latest flick I don’t think I could have planned it better.
Sarcasm aside I suppose it’s time to hoist my trucker cap up the For-Big-Mike flagpole or the Against-Big-Mike one. Truth is I wish there was a third flagpole: the Kind-of-OK-with-Big-Mike Flagpole.
All his targets are good ones and I agree with many, if not all of his conclusions, but it’s his methods which concern me. Indeed I think his methods, and what he omits as well as includes, frequently offers abundant ammunition to his detractors and those whose heads he wishes to put on a stake. I remember watching The Big One and feeling a strange sense of sympathy for all the multi-national companies he was gunning for as he tried to ambush them. Continuously, it seemed, he appeared unannounced outside some factory gate and demanded that Joe The Security Bloke organise an interview with the Top Man right now! And, after a few moments of a phone call to the Top Man’s secretary, during which it was possible that Joe The Security Bloke’s job was on the line, Joe The Security Bloke was obliged to tell Big Mike and his crew to take a hike – remarkably Top Man didn’t have a floating slot in his schedule for intinerant doco makers and actually had work to do thank-you very much.
Cut to Big-Mike in front of the factory gates saying, “There you have it – big business doesn’t care!” Bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy if you ask me. He didn’t truly get to argue with big business, he just banged petulantly and without announcement on it’s door and then acted shocked that the CEO’s wouldn’t take tea with him.
(Big exception was Phil The Nike Bloke who invited Mike up to his lair, listened to his questions, made a lot of sense and was even generous enough to hand Big Mike a check which, if I recall correctly, kind of took the wind out of Big Mike’s sails).
They tell me Big Mike is not a nice man and he’s certainly no oil painting either but he does raise issues we need to discuss carefully and at great length and for this he must be honoured and celebrated. I just wish that, for all his bluster, he was a little more careful about not handing his opponents lots of rope to wrap around that rather large neck of of his.
Sicko opens, if Mike gets his way, on June 29th.