terça-feira, fevereiro 17, 2004

  Bem Prega Frei Tomás

Um dos gurus da nova esquerda, o inenarrável Michael Moore, é estrela da New Yorker desta semana. Infelizmente a Clarinha deixou de nos traduzir os artigos da revista, pelo que é pouco provável que a nossa imprensa disserte à volta dos dias em que a jornalista Larissa MacFarquhar acompanhou o Michael num passeio pela Europa.

Refira-se apenas que o artigo da New Yorker volta a sugerir que Michael Moore maltrata os seus empregados. Parece que é habitual. Vários jornais e revistas têm escrito e noticiado o mesmo ao longo dos anos.

Esta história tirei-a do Chicago Boyz

One day during production on the first season of the show, Moore called two of his writers into his office. It was, for both of them, their first job in television, and they had been hired with the title of associate producer. They were not members of the Writers' Guild, the powerful union for writers in movies and TV, and thus were not receiving health benefits, and would not qualify later for a percentage of video and rerun sales. "Michael said, 'I'm getting a lot of heat from the union to call you guys writers and pay you under the union rules' ", Eric Zicklin, one of the associate producers, says, " 'I don't have the budget for that. But if they keep coming down on me that will mean I'll only be able to afford one of you and the other one's gotta go.' "

Moore appeared to have surmised (incorrectly) that the two writers had been appealing to the union behind his back. "He wanted to let us know that this would husrt us if it continued", Zicklin says. "We were scared out of our minds [...]"

Michael, dá-lhes... onde é que já se viu, os gajos a quererem sindicalizar-se!?! Rua com eles!

Eric Zicklin conclui a história assim:

"[...]I can't buy into this thing of Michael Moore is on your side - it's like trying to believe Justin Timberlake is a soulful guy. It's a media product: he's just selling me something. For the preservation of my own soul I have to consider him as just an entertainer, because otherwise he's a huge asshole."

Pois é. Mas isso já todos nós sabíamos.

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