Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Disney forbids distribution of Michael Moore's new film by subsidiary

Disney doesn't want Moore's film (Fahrenheit 911) distributed by their subsidiary, Mirimax. The ostensible reason is preserving Disney's family values image, but the rumor being reported by the press is that Disney is afraid Governor Jeb Bush will revoke some of the tax credits that Disney is getting. See the NY Times article here. (reg'n req'd)

Selected quote:
Mr. Moore's agent, Ari Emanuel, said Michael D. Eisner, Disney's chief executive, asked him last spring to pull out of the deal with Miramax. Mr. Emanuel said Mr. Eisner expressed particular concern that it would endanger tax breaks Disney receives for its theme park, hotels and other ventures in Florida, where Mr. Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor.

Michael Eisner must really be a moron. All he's managed to do is give Moore a ton of free publicity. Did he think this wouldn't blow up in his face?

This is about as stupid as Fox suing Al Franken.

You can read Michael Moore's response on his homepage. Go Michael Moore!

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