A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11." Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.
"They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said yesterday. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."
"I just want everybody to know what kind of a guy Michael Moore is, and what kind of film this is," said Damon. He has appeared in two films attacking "Fahrenheit" -"Michael Moore Hates America" and "Fahrenhype 9/11."
His image appears seconds after Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says, "You know, they say they're not leaving any veterans behind, but they're leaving all kinds of veterans behind."
"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."
Particularly outrageous to Damon is the fact that Moore never interviewed him or asked his permission to use the old clip.
"We attempted to resolve the situation amicably with Mr. Moore [for a year] but he refused," he said.
This guy probably has a good case. The usage of his likeness may have been waved, but he was no doubt casted in a "false light".
In relation to this, I strongly suggest seeing the documentary by Michael Wilson, Michael Moore Hates America. I was seriously impressed with it. Wilson paints a very accurate picture of Moore, using Moore's own narrated journey documentary style. Wilson also makes some great statements about documentaries as a journalistic art form. This documentary is very serious about itself, and at several points stops to examine its own intentions and methods.
The scene that features Damon was the most powerful part of Wilson's documentary. I was seriously angered that Moore took advantage of someone who has served with honor and paid a serious price in the process. It's both heartbreaking an inspiring. This guy lost his fucking arms, and he proudly proclaims that his service in the military has improved his life in every way!
Regardless of your interest in Moore, you should see this documentary if you love documentaries. It has not gotten the attention it deserves.
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