Skip to comments.Clip used in 'Fahrenheit 9/11' upsets local TV station
Posted on 06/29/2004 11:06:31 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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Property is theft, man. Koombayah.
"Turn it off! Turn it off!"
NO! What Michael Moore needs is a trip to Iraq and dropped off in the middle of Fallujah
Lipscomb, right, join the cheer of the crowd for Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films to join them, as they arrive for the preview of his documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11," in the nation's capital Wednesday night, June 23, 2004. Lipscomb lost her son in Iraq.
Michael Moore, left, with his wife Kathleen Glynn, center, and Lila Lipscomb, right, is greeted by Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAulife.
Lila Lipscomb used to hate antiwar protesters.
This summer, though, she is likely to be embraced by them, thanks to the key roles she and her late son -- who died serving in with the Army in Iraq -- play in Michael Moore's new movie.
Lipscomb, 49, is the latest ordinary person from Michigan plucked by Moore to star in one of his films. His documentary "Farenheit 9/11" is a scathing attack on President George W. Bush and the war against terrorism....
Lipscomb is onscreen for 20 minutes of the 110-minute film. She recounts the death of her 26-year-old son, Sgt. Michael Pedersen, a crew chief on a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Iraq on April 2, 2003. She talks about her grief, her evolving views on war and her disdain for Bush.
In the movie, she stands in front of the White House, declaring, "I finally have a place to put all my pain and anger."
She also reads her son's last letter, in which he describes his own rage at Bush and his questions about U.S. policy.
"He got us out here for nothing whatsoever. I am so furious right now, Mama," the letter says.
I hope cholesterol deposits are collecting rapidly on the artery walls of this fat slob's commy lovin bleedin heart. I hope these folks sue the hell out of him first though!
Moore focuses on Lipscomb's reaction to the death of her son, Army Sgt. Michael Pedersen, 26, who was killed while fighting in Iraq on April 2, 2003.
Lipscomb, 50, is shown putting up her American flag, crying as she reads the last letter her son sent home to the family and visiting the White House lawn, where she pours out her angst and sorrow over her son's death.
And she wants to watch this over and over?
if there were military people = if THEY were military people
All this is established in two initial interviews. Then the unimaginable happens: one of Lilas sons, Sergeant Michael Pedersen, dies in the Iraq war. And, as we find out in a letter from Pedersen that Lila reads to her family, he died without knowing what in the world he was doing in the desert. At which point, Lila gives way to unappeasable grief. Dazed and untethered, she makes a pilgrimage to the White House. In a way, she becomes a more authentic version of Michael Moore, who is always seeking to confront power. In Washington, Moore and his crew follow her around; we can guess that he urged her along, and, sure enough, some skeptical womana strangerrushes into the frame and says, This is all staged. Lilas response to the intruder is devastating; it goes beyond eloquence. And at last, in the street, she loses her strength, unable to move. Why my son? As everyone whos been through the experience says, nothing can console a parent for the death of a child. And when death is robbed of meaning, and tinged with betrayal, the pain flows over the lip of ordinary grief and engulfs us all.
Fahrenheit 9/11 has a kind of necessary shock value: it reveals the underside of the war, the bloody messes not shown on news broadcasts. Moore makes use of footage given to him by American and foreign cameramenscenes of Americans who were blown apart near Baghdad, or of maimed and nerve-shattered men trying to put their lives back together in a Washington hospital or at their home base. One soldier achieves a memorable clarity as he says, fighting pain and incapacity, that hes disgusted by the lying way the Republican Party conducts its business. However embroiled the movie becomes in the upcoming election, no attack can lessen the impact of these scenes or diminish the anger they create in the audience; Moore, for once, offers experience rather than attitudes, sharp immediate suffering rather than his usual exasperated nostalgia for, say, the good old days, when the unions were strong and the workingman was king.
He stated that his bood was not political and felt that Moore's political use of the title was not in keeping with his book's meaning.
When's the last time you saw an article about a film - let alone even a review - include show times?
"What were the opening weekend numbers for "The Blair Witch Project"? If "F9/11" is a "documentary", then so is "The Blair Witch Project"."
Forget "The Blair Witch Project." What about "The Passion of the Christ?" Seems to me that's more of a "documentary" than Moore's tripe.
That's the spirit. Everyone sue him for something. Jay-walking tickets. Whatever. The ends justifies the means. (And I'm serious - not being sarcastic.)
Filmmaker Michael Moore talks with Lila Lipscomb, whose son died serving in the Army in Iraq.
On the eve of Memorial Day, Lipscomb, an office assistant who describes herself as a private person, is bracing for the release of "Farenheit," likely this summer, when she will come to the attention of millions of people.
In an interview this week, Lipscomb said her son apologized for his feelings about Bush.
"I raised my children to respect the position of the president of the United States," Lipscombsaid. "But my son was angry. He had a right to be angry."
Lipscomb last saw Pedersen at Christmas 2002, when he was headed to Iraq.
"He shared with me that he was scared but that he knew he had to go because he had committed to doing a job and he was committed to his unit," Lipscomb said, wiping tears from her face. "We both discussed our feelings. We were against it.
"I just ache. I ache. I asked God, 'Why my son?' And he answered, 'Why not?' I just want to understand why he had to be there in the first place."
In January, she received a call from Moore's company after staffers read a magazine article that mentioned Pedersen's death. She met Moore, a Davison native who spends part of the year in Michigan, and his crew at her house.
Earlier this month, Lipscomb saw the film at a private screening in New York.
"The movie was an awesome experience," Lipscomb said. "I believe in the truth. I see Michael Moore as a visionary and a patriot. He believes in the truth."
Lipscomb said Moore asked her after the screening whether she wanted anything removed from the film. Instead, she hugged him.
"I loved every minute of it," she said. "I can't wait for everyone to see it."
The movie gives Lipscomb something most grieving mothers never get: A chance to tell the world about her dead son.
Chanel Pedersen(Michael's wife), who is not in the movie and has not seen it, isn't in contact with Lipscomb. She is not likely to be a fan of "Farenheit" and Lila Lipscomb's views.
"We have creative differences and different beliefs," Chanel Pedersen said. "Hating President Bush is not going to bring Michael back."
A few months before he was sent to the Gulf, Sgt. Michael Pedersen, 26, separated from his wife but promised to talk about reconciling when he got back.
Pedersen, a crew chief, never got the chance. It was like a chapter unfinished, his wife, Chanel Pedersen, told The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
Natives of Flint, Mich., Michael and Chanel started dating when she was 13 and he 15. They attended the same high school in Flint, and he joined the Army immediately after graduation.
The Pedersons, who were married in 1997, had a daughter, Destiny, 7.
Chanel Pedersen said her husband was a quiet person.
He was a great father he loved his daughter, she said. He was an excellent soldier.
After she learned of his death, Chanel Pedersen had her arm tattooed. It reads, RIP Michael.
excellent point! I hadnt heard Glenn say that, but it is perfect.
Well, then I seriously doubt they were Men. Males, maybe, in the biological sense, but certainly not Men.
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