Monday, May 29, 2006


Sgt Damon vs Michael Moore

It's not the first time Oscar -winning filmmaker Michael Moore has been sued as a result of his controversial films, and no doubt, it won't be the last. However, in an ironic gesture, Sgt. Peter Damon -- a 33-year-old U.S. soldier who lost both of his arms in the Iraq War -- is suing Moore for $85 million, claiming television clips of him, used by Moore for the film Fahrenheit 9/11, were used without his permission, and gave the false impression that he opposes the war (which he doesn't). The scene is question shows Damon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he describes his missing hands as feeling as if they were "crushed in a vice." Now, I've seen Fahrenheit 9/11 at least six times. And while I realize that Moore's style of filmmaking is generally designed to support a subjective point-of-view, in Fahrenheit 9/11, Damon makes no statements against the war, nor is he identified by Moore as someone who opposes the war. He is simply shown as a soldier who has suffered severe injury as a result of the war (which he has). In fact, Moore goes out of his way to be very supportive of the troops, while opposing the war. Makes me wonder if there is something larger behind this lawsuit that isn't immediately evident.

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