Is Michael Moore an asshole?
This appears to be a perennial conversation topic whenever Michael Moore's name gets back in the news. Even people who admire his work have their fair share of stories about what an asshole he is. I have no personal experience of Michael Moore myself, so I can't speak specifically to his situation, but it's been my experience that most people who achieve a certain measure of success usually leave behind them a trail of such stories. I think this is caused by a combination of things:
- The person really is an asshole
- Being an asshole sometimes gives you a leg up when it comes to getting something done (assholes don't let things like lack of self-confidence get in their way),
thus successful people are just more assholish then the general public.
- The person has to deal with a lot of other assholes on their way up and those assholes that are left behind just
love to bitch about what an asshole the other guy is.
- Many people derive pleasure from hearing negative stories about successful people, perhaps because it makes them feel better about their own sad, pathetic little lives.
I think all of these factors should be considered when assessing these kind of stories.