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Freedom of speech
By Saba Nejad
March 26, 2003
I am a huge fan of Michael Moore. And, within the American documentary film genre,
he is definitely a modern day icon. He has always taken on issues that are either
overlooked by his colleagues or considered taboo. He has a nose for sniffing out
garbage doused with perfume and a laser eye for seeing the truth covered beneath
a sheet of Madison Avenue propaganda.
Moore's head-on collision with industry giants have afforded us a glimpse into the
motives and economics of the decisions made within mahogany walls of corporate boardrooms.
With all that ugly reality, he finds a way to slip-in his brand of humor that makes
the bitter subjects palatable and the content educational.
Is he opinionated? You bet. He needs to be; otherwise he would have nothing to say!
Was he a
spoiler, Sunday night, by speaking out with such harsh remarks against the U.S. government
and President Bush? Should he have not used the Oscars ceremony as the stage for
his and country's liberal voice? The audience definitely gave Mr. Moore and the nation
an instant feedback as to whether such rhetoric was acceptable in that venue. I heard
some muted applause drowned in an undisputable thunder of boos.
What I love about freedom and democracy is exactly that. Being able to voice your
frustrations and baring your truth in public with confidence that the objections
and ridicule you may receive will be confined to the short-term memory of that venue.
Knowing that your politics will not overshadow your humanity. That you will not be
forever labeled for what was said in some long forgotten gathering. That your opinions
will not endanger your family and those sharing your last name. And that consequently,
your residence will not become an 8x8 cell in a building
not mentioned on any map.
For this 75th anniversary of the Oscars, the golden statue goes to liberty and freedom