Michael Moore is toning down his act. Will his critics buy it?
By Anthony Breznican, USA TODAY
Michael Moore may be the only filmmaker whose target audience is people who despise him....
"I'm reaching out across the divide that exists in this country and saying to people who are conservatives and Republicans: 'Can't we find some agreement on this one issue, some common ground?' "
Moore's best hope for winning new fans is his humor, says Stephanie Miller, a nationally syndicated liberal radio host. "The hearts and minds you want to win, you have to do it with humor," Miller says. "When somebody perceives you to be a jerk, it hurts your case."
What is the mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom doing with Michael Moore in the above-featured photo? I'm not really sure, but it serves as the perfect segue into the next bit of Steph news - Stephanie will be in San Francisco this afternoon. She'll be broadcasting live from the LGBT Center on the Quake from 6:00 - 8:00pm CST (4 - 6pm PST, 7 - 9 pm EST) in conjunction with San Francisco Gay Pride. Check her out - she'll be on the on the air live with fellow progressive talker John Scott from the Rainbow Room. For those of you who are lucky enough to live in San Francisco - there will be an after-broadcast party so that you all may sip some wine with Momma - I'm soooo jealous!!!
Here are a few Gay Pride Quotes that I sent into Steph and the Mooks (Steph read a few of them on the air this morning - Monday, June 25, 2007)
"I do not want a seat in your synagogue, I do not want a pew in your church. I seek a license that many of you have had, some of you have had two or three times."
--New York Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, during the marriage bill debate, as quoted in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one."
--Epitaph of Leonard P. Matlovich, 1988, Unnatural Quotations compiled by Leigh W. Rutledge
"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision."
"Isn't it a violation of the Georgia sodomy law for the Supreme Court to have its head up its ass?"
--Letter to Playboy magazine, February 1987
"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work: 'Hello. Can't work today, still queer.'"
"No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody."
--Rita Mae Brown, speech, August 28, 1982
"Jesse Helms and Newt Gingrich were shaking hands congratulating themselves on the introduction of an antigay bill in Congress. If it passes, they won't be able to shake hands, because it will then be illegal for a prick to touch an asshole."
"I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant."
"If male homosexuals are called 'gay,' then female homosexuals should be called 'ecstatic.'"
"One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness."
--Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964
"You are digging for the answers until your fingers bleed, to satisfy the hunger, to satiate the need.... And as you pray in your darkness for wings to set you free, you are bound to your silent legacy."
--Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I Am, 1993
"Wouldn't it be great if you could only get AIDS from giving money to television preachers?"
"What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriages from? There isn't a limited amount of love in Iowa. It isn't a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barbara or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn't mean that John and Mary can't."
"Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people."
"Pronouns make it hard to keep our sexual orientation a secret when our co-workers ask us about our weekend. 'I had a great time with... them.' Great! Now they don't think you're queer - just a big slut!"
"I can't help looking gay. I put on a dress and people say, 'Who's the dyke in the dress?'"
"If you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is generally regarded as American culture, you would pretty much be left with 'Let's Make a Deal.'"
"I like my beers cold and my homosexuals flaming."
--Homer Simpson, from The Simpsons
"Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another."
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
"It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy."