Mansion Begs The Question: Is Michael Moore A Hypocrite?

Media reports are accusing native Michigander Michael Moore of hypocrisy based on photos of his lavish estate on Torch Lake, a northern Michigan community in one of Michigan’s tiniest enclaves.

The filmmaker’s waterfront mansion is remarkable, with grand turrets, wings, elaborate stonework and neighbors like Madonna and Bruce Willis.

According to records, it has a taxable value of about $1 million, which would put the market value at $2 million. Moore’s summer taxes are about $16,000 on the Michigan property, and he reportedly also owns a tony apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

At the same time, Moore avidly supports the Occupy Wall Street movement, stopping in periodically at  sites across the country to throw attention to the cause. The Occupy movement has a bevy of complaints, but the basic premise is it’s unfair for 1 percent of the population to own so much of the country’s wealth.

While supporting the 99 percent, Moore has denied he’s a member of the 1 percent.

In fact, he vehemently denied it during a recent appearance on Piers Morgan, when the talk show host tried to get him to admit the “bleeding obvious and say, ‘I’m in the 1 percent.'”

“I’m not, I’m not…That even — that even though — that even though I do well, that I don’t associate myself with those who do well, I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system,” Moore responded. “And that’s how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence, it’s a system that’s unfair to the average working person of this country,” Moore told Morgan.

Who’s right? It’s hard to say, but Internal Revenue Service data shows an adjusted gross income of $343,927 puts you in the top 1 percent of taxpayers.

With documentary blockbusters like “Roger & Me,” “Bowling For Columbine,” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” Moore is worth $50 million, according to His movies have earned more than $300 million. He also reportedly earned a $1 million advance for his book, “Dude Where’s My Country.”

So, is Moore a hypocrite?

  • Osamas Pajamas

    Michael Moore is not a capitalist and clearly not a socialist — the closest politico-economic model which befits his behavior, income, and properties, is fascism. If he advocates that everyone else live as he does, then of course he is not a hypocrite. He does make piles and piles of money off the drooling googeley-eyed bobbleheads who fancy his nasty totalitarian ideology, however — and that’s reason enough to behead him. Rosanne-Barr-The-Beheader — where are you now? ~:<)

  • Osamas Pajamas

    In large measure, Michael Moore has been protected by his political allies in the corrupt, compliant, Democrat-captured media. Their level intellectual dishonesty is astonishing; it equals his.

  • Osamas Pajamas


    A couple of months ago I began referring to OhBummer as a pathological flea, inasmuch as the majority of Americans see him as a bloodsucking fraud and a dishonest propagandist.

    About a week ago I bumped into a blog comment referring to the Occupy Wall Street gang as “the flea party” and I warned the author that I would STEAL his ingenious reference and use it wherever it could inflict the most damage on the enemies of the American taxpayers.

    More recently still, my favorite columnist, Ann Coulter [she a Christian and myself an atheist], published a column entitled “WINGLESS, BLOODSUCKING AND PARASITIC: MEET THE FLEA PARTY!” at her anncoulterdotorg website.

    Clearly, things have gotten out of hand. This prairie fire of flea-mongers is raging out of control, wherever you turn. ~:<)

  • Osamas Pajamas

    It’s a lot more people than just “the rich” who despise OhBummer and his rioting foot soldiers.

    The Fleabaggers in OhBummer’s Flea Party [Occupy Wall Street and its metastasized little cancers in other cities] are the ideological blackshirts, brownshirts, redshirts and no-shirt thugs tasked and directed in their riots by OhBummer allies Michael Moore, David Astroturf Axelrod, and Van Jones, by, the SEIU, the Huffington Post, and OhBummer’s former employer, ACORN — and, naturally — by Barak Hussein Hushpuppy Hoover OhBummer, himself — with a cameo appearance by dopehead rugmuncher Roseanne Barr-The-Beheader.

  • Osamas Pajamas

    Oh, the corporations! Oh, the banks! Oh, BOO HOO! Most of these demonstrators and rioters have a wind-up key sticking out of the middle of their backs with OhBummer’s fingerprints all over it. He pooped all over their brains and they LOVED it, crying, “Oh! Oh! More poo, please! More poo!”

    This so-called “spontaneous, leaderless civil unrest” is a White House operation, conceived in the bowels of Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer’s fetid little mind — while he sat ruminating in the bowels of the White House — and enacted by OhBummer’s chosen proxies, surrogates, cronies, and confederates.

    OhBummer and the OhBummer Wrecking Crew have been promoting envy [mental illness] and trying to shift blame to “Greedy Wall Street” and away from themselves — they who are what novelist Ayn Rand called “greedy for the unearned.”

  • Osamas Pajamas

    There are still approximately 120 million privately-employed nongovernment taxpayers in America today, and while this pathological flea, Barak Hushpuppy OhBummer, and his minions, are promoting street riots, I advocate that all 120 million of these privately-employed taxpayers stage a riot on the bridge of OhBummer’s nose. That skunk wants race riots and class-warfare riots — and he should get a riot that will make history.

  • Osamas Pajamas

    Meanwhile, back at the hacienda…. In 2008, the top 1% of earners paid more than 38% of all Federal income taxes. Check this out at ntudotorg, “who pays income taxes.”

    And so to the President of the United States of America and to the so-called “99-percenters” in OhBummer’s street-gang Fleabaggers who claim victimhood — go blow smoke up your own axxes.

  • tomjun

    This fat pig is obviously part of the one 1% and most of the Hollywood crowd are part of 1% protected by the liberal media.without these protected segment of 1% the liberal media won’t have a job. They selectively pick and choose who they will call the 1% . so the FAT Pig gets away with it. If the like of Michael Moore hated capitalism why don’t he just write a check to the government and pay 50 % tax. show us the money not the fat face in front of the media. Or maybe he is planning to create a movie so he needs to have free publicity. He knows how to play the capitalistic way for sure.

  • Shawn

    This fat pig is a hypocrite. Obama own wall street. He ot 4600 million during the last election from the liberal Democrat fat cats that is dominating New York . Obama is the most dishonest and disingenuous president that we have so far and Michael Moore acted the same. Why don’t he protest in the white House with the rest of those dumb down and uninformed protesters . they should protest on all those universities where they get their degree for producing such an ignorant bunch like them. they did not get their money’s worth.these universities continue to produce such an unproductive students and that tells us that parents ‘s sacrifice have been wasted. Michael Moore represented these liberal elite intelligentsia that is corrupting our student.

  • ninja

    President Barack Obama own wall street and he still up to this time. He got $600 million from wall street to make him the president. do you ever think this incompetent and economic illiterate with no job experience coming from nowhere in Chicago all of sudden become President without wall street street money . Get Real. These fat pig is the other part of 1% the tail end but still part of 1 %.

  • j williams

    Of course he is a hypocrite!

    He is one of the wealthiest people in the world…$50 million+ probably puts him in the top 1% of the 1%. Unless he gives away the vast majority of his wealth, he is not part of the 99%, and should not pretend to be.

    Nancy Pelosi – Ultra wealthy
    Al Gore – Ultra wealthy, and energy-wasting hypocrite
    Clintons – Ultra wealthy
    Obama – In the 1%, loves Wall Street campaign cash

    I have yet to see any of these one-percenters voluntarily pay what they believe is their “fair share” of taxes to the Treasury. Until they do, they are all opportunists and hypocrites.

  • jim

    Michael Moore is just a reflection of society and our politicians and media who speak from all sides of the mouth strirring up and agitating to form opinion while living life large. No one with a brain is shocked.

  • NoMoney

    Michael Moore is a hypocrite, he’s an entertainer. I expect entertainers to entertain me, not preach politics or social distress. Anyone making that kind of money has no clue of the struggles of the American people. Moore can give me his mansion on Torch Lake then I’ll with convinced he’s one of us.

  • borntobepolitical

    That even — that even though — that even though I do well, that I don’t associate myself with those who do well

    Is this not the definition of hypocrite?
       [hip-uh-krit] Show IPA
    1. a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
    2. a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

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