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During an appearance at Occupy Denver, left-wing activist and filmmaker Michael Moore’s megaphone speech was interrupted by a lone man shouting “How about a million of your 50 million?”
Moore at the time was demanding private corporations donate a million dollars to government social programs. Moore awkwardly ignored the blatant question, and the bold challenger, a reporter for conservative website Daylight Disinfectant, was booed and shouted down by the cheer-leading crowd.
Shouts of “We love you, Michael!” resounded.
The Nov. 3 protest unfolded at a park on the Auraria Campus, a multi-facility compound in downtown Denver hosting the University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. Moore made the stop while on tour promoting his latest book “Here Comes Trouble.”
Since its inception, Moore has been one of the most consistently vocal celebrity advocates and poster-boys for the Occupy movement, but has not escaped criticism. Accusations of conflicting interests and self-serving motives have haunted him.
Moore has long been under fire by conservative pundits and media watchdog groups for the selective editing and dodgy statistics of his string of controversial documentaries.
Moore’s philosophy may not be shared by all his fellow rich and famous. According to a new survey by the Spectrem Group, “68% of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more) support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income. Spectrem’s George Walper told the Wall Street Journal. “No one likes to be taxed more, but the reality is maybe it has to be done.”
Moore defended himself on his personal blog.
"I do very well--and for a documentary filmmaker, I do extremely well,” he said. “Somehow, I found a crack through the wall and made it through. I feel very blessed that I have this life--and I take none of it for granted.”