It’s amazing what you learn when you work in Michael Moore’s hometown of Davison, Mich. (Moore was born in Flint but grew up 10 miles east of Flint in Davison). “Stella”, a lady at work said that Moore’s wife comes in to the shop every so often. Very nice lady, I’m told.
Apparently, contrary to what many would lead you to believe, local sentiments toward Moore don’t seem to be very favorable. Efforts to get Moore inducted into Davison High School’s hall of fame, for example, have stalled.
Stella also told me that a friend of her family once served on the local school board with Moore. Their impression of the fake-umentarian? Negative.
Furthermore, I was told, Moore’s also not very popular in Flint, where his documentary Roger and Me is considered more to have hurt the city than helped it. (There is also a rumor that Moore did interview then-GM CEO Roger B. Smith but deleted the interview from the documentary’s final cut--an accusation Moore vehemently denies). I told Stella that one of my in-laws, a 30-plus year GM employee and longtime United Auto Worker, refers to Moore by an unprintable expletive (I’ll give you a hint: it’s also the title of rock star Gene Simmons’ 2004 solo album).
I also know of this retired DHS teacher who once taught Moore. “Jake” tells me that even then Moore was the iconoclast who loved to play devil’s advocate.
Such negative feelings make me wonder if this is why Moore now lives up north in Traverse City.