Thursday, October 28, 2004

Filmmaker Moore brings anti-GOP show to town

Cheered and heckled, he urges UC students to vote

By Denise Smith Amos
Enquirer staff writer

A crowd of students cheer and heckle filmmaker Michael Moore as he speaks Wednesday at McMicken Commons at the University of Cincinnati.
Photos by CRAIG RUTTLE/The Enquirer
Michael Moore appeared with REM singer Michael Stipe.

Filmmaker and political provocateur Michael Moore chided and derided President Bush, Republicans and the news media during a raucous speech at the University of Cincinnati Wednesday evening.

More than 2,000 people - most of them UC students - crowded the outdoor rally, part of Moore's month-long, 60-city "Slacker Tour" to college campuses in 20 battleground states.

About 100 Bush supporters carried signs and heckled Moore from the crowd. But Moore, of Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine and Angry White Men fame, reveled in the boos.

"I love that sound," he said. "It's the sound of angry white men."

Moore urged students to suspend their slacker ways and vote. He threw packs of clean underwear and Ramen noodles - staples for lazy college students, he said - into the audience.

Susanna Oakley, an art history senior from Montgomery, said she was not impressed.

"He didn't say anything of substance. He's ridiculous," she said.

Members of the rock group REM joined Moore on stage but didn't perform. Three former State Department officials apologized for not preventing the war in Iraq.

But Moore, in his trademark sneakers, jeans and baseball cap, was the ringmaster.

He warned the crowd that Ohio could turn into the next Florida if the votes are too close. Thousands of new voter registrations are already being contested here, he said, and the Republicans are vowing to send observers who, he said, may disrupt voters at the polls.

"We have volunteer lawyers standing by who can get judges who'll give restraining orders," Moore said at an earlier press conference. "We will not allow the Republicans to get away with it."

Moore is twisting the facts, said Lindsay Quinn, a UC senior and organizer of the College Republicans. Those poll watchers will be impartial observers, she said, adding that Democrats will be observing too.


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