DAVISON, Mich. — Oscar on the shelf or not, Michael Moore is not getting much respect at his old high school. Despite his fame and many honors, the filmmaker has been rejected all four times that he has been nominated for Davison High School’s Hall of Fame.
“Would you want him as a role model? Would you want your son or daughter to be like him?” asked Don Hammond, a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “I haven’t talked to anybody yet who’s for him. The word to describe Michael Moore is embarrassing. He embarrasses everybody.”
Ryan Eashoo disagrees. The 1997 Davison High graduate has spent 80 hours in the last two weeks and $600 of his own money trying to get Moore elected.
“We’ve been blacklisted,” Eashoo, 25, told the Detroit Free Press. “I’m a huge Michael Moore fan. He’s a great producer, great filmmaker, always sticking up for minorities. He’s kind of an underdog.”
So far, Eashoo has 300 signed nominations of Moore. His goal is 2,000 by Feb. 1. The committee meets Feb. 11 to choose its inductees.
Moore’s film “Fahrenheit 9/11” attacked President Bush’s rationale for the war in Iraq and accused him and his administration of fostering fear for political gain. Moore spent the weeks before the election traveling across the country to urge Americans to vote Bush out of office.
His “Bowling for Columbine” won the Oscar for best documentary in 2003.