Michael Moore Wants a Divorce from Capitalism
- Monday, October 05, 2009
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- Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain; multiple uses of foul language, including several uses/variations of the f-word.
- Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: None.
- Sex/Nudity: Clip of Justin Timberlake grabbing Janet Jackson's breast during infamous Super Bowl halftime show; Vermont is referred to as "the gay state."
- Violence/Crime: Security camera footage of a bank robberies; spoken threats of harm toward people who take a man's home, but the man backs off the threats as soon as he speaks them; man says he might rob a bank; a man shows a shotgun and multiple pistols he owns; war bombing footage; plane crash footage; Ronald Reagan, in a film performance, slaps a woman; footage of troops sent in by Franklin D. Roosevelt to take on "goons" during a labor dispute; a judge is in shown to be in cahoots with a juvenile facility, where he unjustly sends young kids guilty of minor infractions for extended stays
- Gambling: Images of people gambling at casinos.
- Religion: Moore says he's the product of Catholic schools; interviews with priests who see capitalism as contrary to Christianity, and who speak of "all major religions" and "holy books," plural; once calls capitalism "immoral, obscene, outrageous … and radically evil"; bishop of Detroit interprets Jesus' teaching that the poor are blessed, and his pronouncement of woe to the rich, as supporting the idea that capitalism is wrong; capitalism said to not be compatible with God's laws; the rich man who wouldn't follow Jesus because he refused to sell his possessions shows that the rich will have a hard time getting into heaven, a man says; Jesus is said to get "hijacked by people," and that "the rich have claimed them for their own"; cross displayed on the wall of a home in which a family is being evicted; Moore questions the idea that capitalism is "the best system," asking whether it's better than Christianity; clips from "Jesus of Nazareth" are dubbed to show Jesus supporting capitalism and certain health-care policies (e.g., "Go forth and maximize profits"; "deregulate the banking industry"; "I cannot heal your pre-existing condition") a congressman says Americans have "become religious in worshiping greed"; a bishop rallies a group of protestors, says "we are with you," and administers the sacrament of the Lord's Supper to them; capitalism is said to be an "evil" that cannot be regulated, but which must be eliminated.
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