Douchebag Decree: Reformed Michael Moore Holiday Edition!


Ye Olde Douchebag Decree is going to look a little different today. We’ve got on our hands a bona fide REFORMED Douchebag, y’all. Call it a Christmas Miracle. Michael Moore, you are the man of the hour. Come on down! 

If you haven’t been following the #MooreandMe campaign launched last week by Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown, catch up on her site (we also covered it here on Bitch). 

I’ll just go ahead and cut to the victorious chase: on Tuesday, Moore appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and had this to say:

“Every woman who claims to have been sexually assaulted or raped has to be, must be taken seriously, and those charges have to be investigated to the fullest extent possible…these two alleged victims have to be treated very seriously and Mr. Assange has to answer the questions.”

Last night, after this appearance, he sent Sady a message that said, among other things, that what he said needed to be said on TV (as opposed to on Twitter, which is where the #MooreandMe battle was waged). 

Watch the Maddow appearance here:


So that covers the “Reformed” part of the “Reformed Douchebag” message this week. But we did pick Michael Moore for a reason. The Decree has still been decreed. First, to even the playing field and remember why #MooreandMe existed in the first place, here is the video of Moore appearing on Countdown with Keith Olbermann in which he did NOT do of the things he spoke about to Rachel Maddow (i.e., take rape accusations seriously at all costs and in all circumstances):

Saying accusations of sexual assault “stink to high heavens” is not exactly the way to go about making sure “these two women are taken seriously,” Señor Moore. It’s been said before, and we’ll say it again: It is possible to be a progressive person, a believer in free speech, a supporter of WikiLeaks, a feminist, AND a vocal critic of rape apologists everywhere, always, no matter the timing or circumstance. (Free speech somehow being DIFFERENT than the thing being used when a person comes forward with rape charges? But that’s another decree altogether.)

In his interview with Rachel Maddow, Moore also does not address his previous comments and how they could have (how could they NOT HAVE?) been construed as rape apologism. The situation is made more frustrating by this: his saying that these charges, and all like them, need to be taken entirely, unremittingly seriously. So… why was there even a moment when he, Michael Moore, champion of the no-voiced, underdog Other, forgot that? 

But hey, apology accepted, @MMFlint. After all, ‘tis the season. Though you know as well as we do that this is not over. It’s a big fight, and it’d be nice to have you on our side, but we’ve got our eye on you. Don’t do it again. 

by Katie Presley
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Katie Presley is a writer and editor currently based on the East Coast (help, how did this happen??). She's been with Bitch in one form or another since 2010, when she started as a New Media Intern, and most recently served as Bitch's first and only Music Editor, from 2016-2017. Past resume lines include Assistant Producer for All Songs Considered at NPR Music, panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and bylines at NPR and Ms. Katie is also a doula and herbalist, and writes a blog on herbal medicine, "The Herbal Apprentice." She also co-founded the first full-spectrum doula organization in Texas, The Bridge Collective. She is also a late-comer to being a Dog Person, but currently lives with four cats. 

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4 Comments Have Been Posted

Michael Moore should

Michael Moore should apologize for his behavior by donating $20k to the rape/sexual trauma organization of his choice. They could really use the money to pay for things that a statement on TV can do nothing for... like lights, phone bills, counseling, print materials, etc.

Naomi Wolf gets to keep hers, though.

Because the more she talked about this issue, the more she kept digging herself into a hole.

Many kudos and much feminist love to Sady Doyle, who took some pretty withering fire from the assweasels on both the right and the left. I think she was mostly vidicated---getting a pompous blowhard like Michael Moore to back down at all is quite an accomplishment.

I think you guys got this one

I think you guys got this one wrong. Although I have great respect for your magazine and what you cover, I feel Michael Moore has just been made the bad guy by too many knee-jerk feminists.
You got this one wrong. Way wrong.


Thanks for reading Bitch! I'm just wondering though, what exactly do you think Katie got wrong here? Michael Moore did in fact dismiss the allegations against Assange, calling them "hooey." He refused to take the women's claims that Assange raped them seriously, and he spent $20,000 of his own money on Assange's bail.

After many requests from the feminist community (which came mainly through the #MooreandMe campaign), Moore apologized for his actions one week later, which Katie acknowledged. Hence, his title as a "Reformed Douchebag."

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