Michael Moore: I Am Not Part of the One Percent; I Am Not Worth Millions

Oct. 26, 2011

“[E]ven though I do well … I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system. And that’s how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence…”

In this interview Tuesday, Michael Moore got somewhat heated when CNN host Piers Morgan asked for him to admit that he’s part of the 1%. Moore stumbled trying to defend his wealth while at the same time make an argument that Capitalism has nothing to do with his stockpile of dough.

Take a look at the exchange between Morgan and Moore:

Morgan: I need you to admit the bleeding obvious. I need you to sit here and say, I’m in the 1 percent, because it’s important.

Moore: Well, I can’t. Because I’m not.

Morgan: Because the validity of your argument – you are, though.

Moore: No, I’m not. I’m not.

Morgan: You’re not in the 1 percent?

Moore: Of course I’m not. How can I be in the 1 percent?

Morgan: Because you’re worth millions.

Moore: No, that’s not true. Listen, I do really well. I do well. But what’s the point, though? Isn’t that –

Morgan: I do, because I find it more interesting if you’re in the 1 percent because I think you probably are.

Moore: Yes. Yes.

Morgan: You qualify.

Moore: Right.

Morgan: That you are railing against a lot of capitalist ideals.

Moore: Well, then if you believe that about me, then that’s really something, isn’t it?

Morgan: No, I’m asking if you accept that.

Moore: That even – that even though – that even though I do well, that I don’t associate myself with those who do well, I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system. And that’s how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence, it’s a system that’s unfair to the average working person of this country.

You tell us: Is Moore part of “the 1%?”

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28 Comments

BrianK in Northwest Arkansas said:

Holy cow!!! i just heard the first honest words I've ever heard come out of Moore's mouth! He said "...it was a mistake to ever give me a dime.."Truer words were never spoken."I hope they rue the day they ever put me on a movie screen"-Don't worry, Mike, we do.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Dan G said:

Michael Moore is a controversial documentary filmmaker with a net worth of $50 million. Moore’s biggest three movies; Bowling For Columbine, Fahrenheit 911 and Capitalism A Love Story have earned over $300 million at the box office.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:02 PM

MaryAnnMN said:

Michael Moore is just like Obama in that he pretends to be what he is NOT...Obama is a multi-millionaire & tells people how bad millionaires are & Moore does the same thing....Do they think people are stupid or they are superior or what? I cannot make any sense of it at all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Diane said:

What an idiot!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM

JAC in Texas said:

This fat pig is a bigger f***ing idiot than I thought he was! And I thought he was the biggest one out there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 3:15 PM

sblack14 said:

Michael Moore has done a lot to expose the cruelty of our capitalist system. Just because he has a lot of money does not make him evil. There are many more out there rigging the system and using their money to keep themselves wealthy and in power at the expense of the 99%. He, at least, is doing something to expose the inequality. He, Buffett, and Nader and many celebrities are trying to blow the whistle on our broken system. It's too bad so many people stick their heads in the sand and refuse to listen.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades said:

To quote Bugs Bunny; "What a mar-roon" The guy doesn't get it. If he and his ilk upset the apple cart they'll no longer BE millionaires....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades said:

BTW, if I were an alumni of the Michigan State Spartans, I'd demand he not where the hat.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 6:02 PM

JAG said:

Knowing what I do about progressives/liberals/democrats, I am not surprised.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Glenn O said:

Poster child for liberals. It is OK for me to have millions, but those other rich people are bad and shouldn't have it. Liberals think only other people should pay taxes, not them. Conservatives start a charity, give to a charity, or a foundation to help others. Liberals think we should tax other people to help. They think the federal government is a charity. They are the stingiest people with their money. The richest are the celebrities. How come there is no Occupy Hollywood. I am paying $300 an hour for a public university when it was $20 an hour in the 70's. Occupy Big University! Michael Moore hypocritical piece of crap! Write your own check!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Glenn O said:

sblack14 - there is nothing cruel about capitalism. The broken part is the crony capitalism sponsored by your Democratic party! Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, and Dodd just to get started. There's your problem! You need to wake up and read the facts! Real capitalism - you work for something your earn money. Socialism - you sit and you get paid.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM

S. T. said:

Communists they are! Moore and the other RICH Democrats can make their money due to Capitalism but tell you they are doing their rant because of the poor. Well, Mr. Moore. I make a hell of a lot less than you do so why don't you pay OBAMA's FAIR SHARE to me?

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:18 AM

rickster trickster said:

It's really amazing that all of the celebreties, not just Mr Moore, rally for the common man, but they are the ones whose celebretism does not add any real value to anything and yet people blindly through money at them. What Mr Moore et al should do is give money to the National Endowment of the Arts, National Teapot Museum, etc so that the Federal Government can divert these funds to the business of government that is called for in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Gayle Sollenberger said:

Anybody who believes that Michael Moore isn't part of the 1% and don't believe that he made his millions specifically from a system that he despises, must have moved here from another planet. I like the way he says he is devoting his time, energy and money to those who have been crapped on by the system of violence. I'd like to check his bank account and see how much of his money he has actually devoted to those in need. The only thing Michael Moore has done is stir up chaos and violence himself. I wish that these news outlets would stop giving people like him any air time at all.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Gayle Sollenberger said:

It angers me that there are people out there who believe this system to be unfair. Corrupted - yes it is and Mr. Obama has done his fair share to support that corruption. But unfair. Everyone and I mean everyone in this country has a fair chance of doing well and succeeding. It's what you do with your life. The only reason that Michael Moore has the wealth he has today is because the country has moved so far to the left. He wouldn't have made a dime if this was the 1940's or 1950's. His movies would never have been shown and if they were, he would never have made any money off them. We talking about young people who have been so brainwashed by the school systems and college professors. Those are Michael Moore's followers and those are the ones that see his movies and believe all of his crap.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM