Filmmaker Michael Moore, who was just described by a Village Voice blog as being "giddy with triumphalism over the burgeoning movement [of Occupy Wall Street] that half his remarks were delivered through high, breathy giggles," owns a 10,000-square-foot mansion on Torch Lake on Michigan's Lower Peninsula. It's got a taxable value of nearly $1M and it may be worth twice that. Alas, lots of people are none too pleased.
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, led the charges, writing on his blog Big Hollywood: "No one begrudges Moore his wealth, but it is deceitful for him to claim poverty while encouraging class warfare among other Americans." Breitman mentions the fact that the area is considered by locals as the “third most beautiful lake in the world.”
Over on political blog The Michigan View there's this: "But calling Moore's lake property a "home" would be an understatement. This is a manor. A Kennedy compound. An ostentatious, big-foot show of wealth," adding, "Moore's hypocrisy is a perfect fit for a confused Occupy movement that boasts support from Big Labor, millionaire musicians and spoiled Harvard kids."
Concurring is Red Kingman over at Holland, Mich.-based radio station WHTC. In a blog post entitled "So typical of the left," Kingman details his shock at viewing Moore's house photos: "How can this be? Easy, it's how the left operates. They figure that their follers [sic] are morons and that they can tell them anything because the masses will believe it. What other explanation could their be for so many to heed the words of Mr. Moore while he himself is a multi millionaire?"
Finally the Daily Mail, ever the sensationalist, paints this picture: The spacious 10,000 sq ft property is a far cry from the scene of tightly-packed tents near Wall Street in New York City." Plus, a non sequitur: "The township is roughly 98 per cent white residents, according to statistics from 2009."
Meanwhile, fellow one-percenter Russell Simmons has Moore's back. On Friday, the he hip-hop mogul Tweeted, "99.99999 percent are not contributing anything. Thank michael moore kanye jayz 50cemt crosby stills and young for doing something"
· Exclusive Photos: Michael Moore’s Massive Michigan Vacation Mansion Beyond 99 Percent’s Wildest Dreams [Big Hollywood via The Atlantic Wire]
· Occupy Michael Moore: His Opulent Lake House [The Michigan View]
· So Typical Of The Left [WHTC]
· Luxury 99 per cent of Americans can only dream of...Michael Moore's stunning waterfront mansion revealed [Daily Mail]
· @UncleRUSH [Twitter]