Sicko: The Incredible Condescending San Francisco Chronicle

In an article on Michael Moore’s new movie Sicko, Victoria Colliver asks (emphasis mine):

The Friday opening of “Sicko” prompts the inevitable question: Will people really want to spend 123 minutes of their precious leisure time watching Michael Moore dissect what ails the American health care system?

I think “precious little proletariat leisure time” might have been a bit more effective.  But I nitpick.

The lack of coverage for millions of Americans, and the shitty greed-driven coverage the rest of us get is an issue that we’ve all likely butted heads against at some point in our lives.  It is an issue that determines how well we live to an incredible degree.  I think we can spare the 123 minutes Victoria.

In addition to those 123 minutes, I’d challenge you to spend one more hour.  That’s it, just one hour.  Go to the movie with a group of friends and family.  Then go out for dinner and talk.  If this is anything like Bowling for Columbine, there will be a lot to discuss.  All indicators point to this being a hell of a ride.


Discourse is one of the cornerstones of a free society, and it is the most essential political currency.  The silence on this issue has left us too poor to afford the change we desperately need.  This movie is a step towards getting us back on track.  There is no need to underestimate Americans and assume we won’t spend even a little bit of time on an issue as important as this.  Our health is what’s at stake.  Not only will people “really want” to spend their time at this movie, its going to bust box office records for a documentary.  This weekend is opening weekend, and you know the pundits and the analysts will be watching this movie like hawks.  Let’s give them something to look at.


5 Responses

  1. Poll after poll shows that healthcare is one (if not THE) main issue on the minds of Americans but of course you would never know it by reading a newspaper or watching the tv. They don’t want Americans thinking about healthcare thus you get the telling us it is a waste of our “precious time” to go see the film and talk about it.

  2. I’m very glad that you called-out Colliver on her ridiculous statement.
    I haven’t seen Sicko yet, but from what I’ve read about it, seeing it with others and then discussing it is just the thing to do.

  3. There are at least 47 million Americans without healthcare, and millions more are underinsured.

    Our so-called leaders will not fix the mess in healthcare because there are too many dollars from the medical industry flowing their way.

  4. Can’t wait to see it.

    We may go on July 4th and then I will blog about it.

  5. D-Day, and its all over the papers now 🙂

    Mirth, and its having a great opening weekend, so I think a lot of people are heading out to see it (it will see a wider release over the next week).

    Larry, Another reason they don’t want to is the “its just socialist big government” mindset. Anything that we all pay for is bad in some people’s eyes, no matter if it saves lives.

    A very good day to see the film, I look forward to your review. Pajiba thought it was good (and they are my gold standard for movie reviews).

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