|...as recommended by Andrew Marr|
Andrew Marr recommended something this morning:
Well, if anyone's able to get onto Twitter and you click on 'Michael Moore', the American satirist's kind of rant about why people are voting for Trump and why Trump might win, it's well worth watching - even though we can't show it because it's very four-lettered.
It's not something I'd have recommended, but then I'm not a BBC type. They do seem to like Michael Moore at the BBC though. (Maybe it's something to do with the fact that he looks like Mark Mardell's scruffy identical twin).
Still, I've followed Andy's advice and watched some of Michael Moore's rant. Of course, he's no Trump fan (to put it mildly) and his point is that those Trump voters will come to severely regret their vote...just like us silly Brexit-voting Brits.
I have to say that Mr Moore didn't convince me that he actually has much of a clue what he's talking about. I've transcribed the following gem (from the passage Andrew Marr was referring to). Mr Moore was saying that a Trump victory will soon turn sour for his supporters. His grasp of the Brexit situation, however, shows that he's...how shall we say, putting it politely?...extremely ill-informed:
It will feel good...for a day, maybe a week, possibly a month, and then, like the Brits, who wanted to send a message so they voted to leave Europe only to find out that it you vote to leave Europe you actually have to leave Europe, and now they regret it. All [the Trump-supporting types] of Middle England, they all voted to leave and now they regret it, and over 4 million of them have signed a petition to have a new vote. They want another election. It ain't gonna happen because you used the ballot as an anger management tool. And now you're f***ed. The rest of Europe? They're like 'Bye, Felicia!'
That, of course, is complete tripe from start to finish. It's staggering how many misreadings of reality he managed to cram into just those few sentences. His eager American audience seemed to buy it though and doubtless his eager British audience (the Andy Marrs and Hugh Sykeses of this world) will be nodding their heads in approval too.
Of course, that's not the bit of Mr Moore's rant that got Twitter exercised. They were more concerned about this gem:
No women ever invented an atomic bomb, built a smoke stack, initiated a Holocaust, melted the polar ice caps or organized a school shooting.
He even got feminists accusing him of being patronising and sexist because of that. After all, several women played pivotal rolls in the Manhattan Project. Many hundreds, possibly thousands of woman were involved in inventing the atomic bomb, including a handful of women scientists. Even on one of his own specialist subjects - school shootings - his seems misinformed. Apparently there have been murderous female gunpersons in the US.