Moore in Deutschland
The following article was originally published at NewsMax.com.Now Playing: Moore in Deutschland
Multi-millionaire Michael Moore, described by the Wall Street Journal as "a sloppily dressed bearded type wearing a baseball cap" and clad in jeans, an untucked shirt and brown jacket, showed up in Germany to peddle his new book "Dude, Where's My Country?" and explain to the German people what an awful country America has become.
"There should be a rule," he told an overflow crowd, "that you're not allowed to bomb another country unless you can find it on the map," a point he emphasized by noting a National Geographic study that showed that 70 percent of us ignorant war-mongering Americans couldn't find England on a map.
And just to be sure that his Berlin audience understood that he really is as rabidly anti-American as many of them are, he told them "And please, stop this God bless America stuff."
Speaking at Columbia Halle, normally a site of raucous rock concerts, he began with the greeting "Welcome, old Europe!" mocking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's scornful description of such rapidly decaying anti-war European nations as France and Germany.
And that was just the beginning. "It has not been the easiest year in America to stand up and voice your dissent," he said, playing the martyr. "It makes a lot of difference to have friends overseas supporting me."
According to Germany's DW-World, Moore spent the next hour bashing Americans in a manner that would have made the Dixie Chicks proud. "Don't be like us. You've got to stand up, right? You've got to be brave," he told his admiring audience.
The paper noted that nowhere has Moore's brand of anti-American rhetoric been more successful than in Germany. Moore's book "Stupid White Men" sold 1 million copies in Germany before it did in the United States, it said, adding that "Bowling for Columbine" drew in half a million fans in the first two months after opening last year.
Gushed Tarek Ahmia, 37, a music technician, "I think Germany is sick of the whole Iraq war thing, and they're starting to see they were right," she told DW-World after the show, "and finally an American comes along and confirms that."
But not everybody has fallen for Moore's bombast. The German publication notes: "Moore's alleged creative handling of the facts in his books and films, a standard criticism in the United States, is beginning to make its way across the Atlantic.
"German journalists, professors and critics have begun to take off the gloves when talking about the bestseller. Even devoted fans left feeling empty-handed after an appearance they felt was more entertainment than substance."
"I thought it was almost like a kind of cult. He says somebody is crap and everyone cheers," said Max Klemmt, a truck driver. "I thought he would bring a few more examples and a bit more context."
Unfortunately, Herr Klemmt, with Moore all you get is what you see - an overstuffed millionaire making believe he's just an ordinary Joe, dressed like a penniless slob and peddling left-wing snake oil deceptively bottled as the common man's common sense.
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