KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Film maker and Flint native Michael Moore, comparing the death toll in Flint from Legionnaires disease to the number of Americans killed by Isis: calling the ongoing water crisis ‘an act of terror’ during a special presentation at Western Michigan University on Wednesday night.
More than 3,000 people were in attendance at the free event “It only Hurts When I Laugh". Flint being the foundation of Moore's speech.
“Flint, Michigan is not suffering through a water crisis, water is just the weapon,” Moore said. “This was a race crime.”
Moore used the stage as a political platform, calling for Governor Snyder’s resignation while comparing those in charge to Isis terrorists. The Flint native showcased his new film while touching on his career as a film maker, government and corporate accountability, along with social and racial inequality. It was a platform welcomed by those we spoke to in attendance.
“Michael Moore is a very prominent person who speaks to the propaganda, the regular media they say things but it’s good to hear from someone who’s talked about and not scared to speak to the truth,” said Michael Jones in support of Moore.
Michael Moore used comedic relief as an avenue to highlight the serious issues at hand in the state of Michigan. However, his passion was a strong foundation during Wednesday’s conversation.
“But who would judge the mother and father who takes to the streets after you poisoned my child,” Moore said. “If the governor knowingly poisoned your child, seriously? Would you sit there and watch another episode of the Kardashians?”
This was the first time Michael Moore has been invited to speak at Western Michigan University. It’s the first of many conversations to come as he takes “It Only Hurts When I laugh” on the road.