Wednesday, July 21, 2004

An open letter from Michael Moore

Dear Mr. Timmins:

I understand from the news reports I've read that, after Linda Ronstadt, one of America's greatest singers, dedicated a song to me from your stage on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove her from the Aladdin, which they did.

What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in the United States. And in the United States, we have something called "The First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the right to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as sacred. Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives to defend it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.

He's right, she does have the right to say what she wants but, Mr. Timmins also has the right to have what he wants on HIS stage. He owns the Alladdin, he pays Ronstadt. He paid her to sing not to opine on the state of the world.
For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to say a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and Un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening. I read that you wouldn't even let her go back up to her room at your hotel! Are you crazy? For crying out loud, it was a song DEDICATION! To "Desperado!" Every American loves that song! Sure, some people didn't like the dedication, and that's their right. But neither they nor you have the right to remove her from your building when all she did was exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind.

Actually Mr. Moore, he had every right to throw her out of the building. You see, there is this thing we have here in America called private property. With that comes the right to have who we want on that property. She chose to use her American right and so did he.
Of all the things that go on in Las Vegas, this is what creates the need for serious action? What about the other half of the crowd at the Aladdin who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, cheered her when she made her remarks? Did you throw them out, too?

Why would he do that? Those were PAYING customers. Linda was being PAID. Do you see the difference?
I think you owe Ms. Ronstadt an apology. And I have an idea how you can make it up to her -- and to the millions of Americans you have offended. Invite her back and I'll join her in singing "America the Beautiful" on your stage. Then I will show "Fahrenheit 9/11" free of charge to all your guests and anyone else in Las Vegas who wants to see it.

Mr. Timmins, as the song "Desperado" says -- "Come to your senses!" How can you refuse this offer? I await your reply.

Yours,
Michael Moore
Director, "Fahrenheit 9/11"

Isn't that special? He will sing and show his movie for you if you will apologize.

Geebus, it must be nice to have a head that big. I do wonder how he walks around with it.

Now, my views on what happened. She was hired to sing, she was not hired to do anything but sing. She decided to do something. She now faces the consequences of that choice. I do think that Mr. Timmins went a little too far by not allowing her back in her room but, it is his building, he paid her and he had the right.