Michael Moore Weighs In on CBC Strike
Date: Saturday, September 17 2005
Topic: Canadian News
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Friday, September 16, 2005 Updated at 6:59 PM EDT
Toronto — Famed American documentarian Michael Moore demanded Friday that the CBC drop plans to air his Academy Award-winning film, Bowling for Columbine, this weekend because of the month-long lockout at the public broadcaster.
"I do not want my film being broadcast on the network unless it is willing to let its own workers back in to work and promises to bargain with them in good faith," Mr. Moore said in a statement Friday.
"CBC has locked out its union workers, an action that is abhorrent to all who believe in the rights of people to collectively bargain. Why the great and honourable CBC is behaving like an American corporation is beyond me."
Bowling for Columbine, an examination of America's obsession with guns and violence, is scheduled to air Sunday night on CBC. Mr. Moore won an Oscar for best documentary for the film in 2003.
Mr. Moore used his acceptance speech at the Oscar ceremony as an opportunity to launch a broadside against U.S. President George W. Bush and his participation in the war in Iraq, which had been launched only a few days earlier.
A spokesperson for the CBC could not immediately be reached for comment.