So much of the media is comparing Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” to “The Passion of The Christ” in an attempt to puff up the former as tapping into the same sort of popular groundswell, as if it virulent anti-Bushism were bubbling under the surface in America, waiting for this movie to make it erupt. In order for this comparison of the two movies to be effective, the media has to portray “F911” as controversial and grassroots, going against the stream, not supported by the liberal and powerful mainstream, just like “TPOTC”. But that attempt won’t work because the same critics who trashed “The Passion” as obscene and disgusting were the same ones defending “F911” as some great and courageous work of cinema.
Jeff of the Beautiful Atrocities blog has compiled a list of movie critics, showing comparative quotes from their reviews of 9/11 and Passion, and how the absolutely trashed the latter while praising the former to the skies. Perhaps if Gibson had replaced Jesus with Saddam and Pilate with Bush, he would have received the same unwarranted praise that Moore in now receiving.