Michael Moore‘s one-man Broadway showcase, “The Terms of My Surrender,” debuted at the Belasco Theater in New York City this week and even progressive news outlets are out on Moore in his old age.
Jesse Waters of The New York Times said that, rather than inspirational food for thought meant to “help liberals turn their Post Traumatic Trump Disorder into practical action,” Moore’s soliloquy comes off as self-indulgent and disorganized.
Critics of Moore have seen this before and Waters admits that while watching the play, he was reminded of the knocks on Moore that have followed him around, namely, sacrificing factual rigor for political bravado.
“His tendency to cut factual corners to smooth the storytelling, as in that Flint segment, doesn’t help. Several times I was reminded of the criticisms that have dogged him, from the right and the left, throughout the second half of his career as a polemicist,” Waters wrote.
The condemnation will have those angered at the unanimity in which Moore is seen as a progressive philanthropist shouting, “I told you so!”
The fact of the matter is you don’t try to uncover every establishment stone out of a purely selfless inclination to better humanity. This is American politics, and sadly, most people are in it first for themselves. Waters brings up the fact that even Moore’s most popular film, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” was criticized for possessing a type of “moral frivolity.”
If “Fahrenheit 9/11” was morally frivolous, “The Terms of My Surrender” is outright bragging, which is Waters’ main conclusion. The play comes off as a war veteran telling stories of the times he saved his friends’ lives, except instead of a soldier, Moore is a political filmmaker and each “life” comes with a hefty profit margin.
In his younger days, maybe Moore was the forward-thinking, nose to the grindstone activist he purports himself to be, but with “The Terms of My Surrender,” Waters describes him perfectly: “a garrulous, self-regarding, time-sucking uncle. Gotta love him — but maybe let’s turn on the television.”
In July, Moore reached a milestone on Twitter, and the liberal filmmaker marked the occasion by making several donations to organizations intent on disrupting the presidency of the United States.
Moore’s Twitter following reached 5 million, and the man who created a one-man Broadway show to “take down Trump” wanted to celebrate. He let 5 of his fans each pick one anti-Trump cause, and Moore donated $1,000 to each.
Since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Moore has been busy. Some of his more organized efforts include:
- Launching a new website, resistancecalendar.org, to centralize information about anti-Trump efforts.
- Creating “Trumpileaks”, a place whistle-blowers can safely leak information about the Trump administration.
- Beginning a documentary film called “Fahrenheit 11/9,” meant to change the minds of Trump voters.
Moore has also called on the Democratic party as a whole to fight the president. In a March Instagram post, Moore said, “The Democratic Party needs to declare a National Emergency,” over Trump’s presidency. In the post, he said the president is being investigated for espionage, called Trump a “potential felony suspect,” and declared “his presidency has no legitimacy” until multiple investigations are complete.
Moore has also donated big money to the anti-Trump New York Public Theater Program. He sent them $10,000 after they lost corporate sponsors, who jumped ship after they learned theaters’ “Julius Caesar” production depicted a President Trump-like character being assassinated.
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