I have thoroughly enjoyed a number of Michael Moore’s films. He has also played the Muhammad Ali role of public intellectual articulating resistance. As a result of his critiques of the government and corporations, he has been widely scorned and attacked. He has a new book coming out and the Guardian excerpt is pretty hardcore. Read it for the rundown of just how ugly harassment and threats can get. Of course Michael Moore continues to fight.
I chose not to give up. I wanted to give up, badly. Instead I got fit. If you take a punch at me now, I can assure you three things will happen: 1) You will break your hand. That’s the beauty of spending just a half hour a day on your muscular-skeletal structure – it turns into kryptonite; 2) I will fall on you. I’m still working on my core and balance issues, so after you slug me I will tip over and crush you; 3) My Seals will spray mace or their own homemade concoction of jalapeño spider spray directly into your eye sockets while you are on the ground. As a pacifist, please accept my apologies in advance – and never, ever use violence against me or anyone else again.