The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53144   Message #818910
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
05-Nov-02 - 07:04 AM
Thread Name: BS: Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine
Subject: RE: BS: Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine
"Fraud" doesn't sound too mild-mannered to me. Maybe that's another aspect of transatlantic linguistic differences. To me it'd imply that people weren't sincere in what they said, probably to make money.

If it just comes down to thinking Michael Moore can't really be as scruffy as he comes across, and so forth, big deal. Actually I suspect he is. There really are people whose natural way of dressing and being is pretty scruffy. I suspect there are a good few round the Mudcat. In which case, if he ponced himself up for his public appearances, and looked all clean and respectable, wouldn't that be "fraud"? Doing that gets imposed on most of us by the pressures of life, but take the pressures off and we can actually be ourselves. Been to any folk festivals recently? (This side of the Atlantic anyway.)

I don't know if Jon G. Bartlett is suggesting that it's inauthentic for a singer or anyone else to publicly align themselves with a class other than the one they were born out of.