Michael Moore hospitalized in NYC

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Filmmaker Michael Moore Says He's in the ICU for Pneumonia


If you've been seeing a lot less of Michael Moore recently, there's a good reason.

Moore has been hospitalized with pneumonia, the "Bowling for Columbine" filmmaker wrote on Facebook Thursday night, adding that he had been put in the Intensive Care Unit of a New York City hospital on Sunday.

Moore suggested that he had become run down from a combination of promoting his upcoming film "Where to Invade Next," providing aid to the citizens of his hometown Flint, Michigan — which currently is suffering a water crisis due to lead contamination — and supporting the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"I read somewhere you can't burn it at both ends, and if u do, it's best not to do so in the winter nor anywhere near a place full of toxic water!" Moore wrote.

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Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag ‪#‎WeAreAllMuslim‬. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. - To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim

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Filmmaker Michael Moore, right, chats with tycoon Malcolm Forbes before a screening of âRoger and Meâ at New Yorkâs Lincoln Center, Monday, Dec. 18, 1989. Mooreâs comedy chronicles the tough times of his hometown of Flint, Mich., and his unsuccessful efforts to meet with General Motors Chairman Roger Smith. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Television personality and filmmaker Michael Moore holds a ficus tree during a tongue-in-cheek news conference in Morristown, N.J., in this April 26, 2000 photo. Moore announced the write-in candidacy of the ficus tree for the 11th District seat in Congress, currently held by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J. Moore says the ficus will run as both a Democrat and a Republican because, "There is little difference between the two so-called parties." (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)
** FILE** Director Michael Moore poses for a portrait Oct. 9, 2002, in Los Angeles. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Moore is under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department for taking ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers to Cuba for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary "Sicko," The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Filmmaker and author Michael Moore speaks during a 'Book and Author Breakfast' at the Book Expo L.A. Sunday, June 1, 2003 in Los Angeles. Moore, author of 'Stupid White Men,' has a new book soon to be released. (AP Photo/Lee Celano)
Filmmaker Michael Moore gestures as Senator John McCain of Arizona speaks at Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention in New York, Monday, Aug. 30, 2004. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to reporters prior to his speech to students at the University of Nevada, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, in Reno, Nev. (AP Photo/Debra Reid)
Oscar award winning filmmaker Michael Moore, left, comments on the censure to his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," during an appearance at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at the NBC studios in Burbank, Calif. A pay-per-view cable channel is scrapping plans to air "The Michael Moore Pre-Election Special." Citing what it calls "legitimate business and legal concerns," IN DEMAND won't be showing an election eve special that would have included the first TV showing of Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11." Moore has just released his movie on DVD and was seeking a TV outlet for the film as close to the election as possible. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore discussed ``Film and Foreign Policy'' at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Moore, most recently known for "Fahrenheit 9/11, " a film that shattered box office records and blasted President Bush, his administration and the Iraq war, spoke on the long-term effects controversial films have on American consciousness and the way we shape and implement our foreign policy. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Director Michael Moore arrives for a gala during Toronto International Film Festival in Torornto, Friday, Sep. 8, 2006. First, General Motors. Then gun control, followed by George W. Bush. Now rabble-rousing filmmaker Michael Moore has turned his irreverent camera on health care in America. "Sicko," Moore's dissection of the health care system, promises to be another hilarious documentary romp, based on excerpts he showed Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
Filmmaker Michael Moore holds a town hall-style meeting at the Palace Theater in Manchester, N.H., after a screening of his latest film, "Sicko", Friday, June 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Filmmaker Michael Moore speaks to the media prior to a Writers Guild of America East membership meeting to discuss the latest contract proposal Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in new York. (AP Photo/Gary He)
Filmmaker Michael Moore arrives at the premiere of "Semi-Pro" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
US filmmaker Michael Moore attends a meeting at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. Moore will compete with his latest movie ' Capitalism: A Love Story ' . (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Filmmaker Michael Moore gestures during a visit to the "Occupy Wall Street" protest in Zuccotti Park in New York, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The protesters, many of whom are camping out in the lower Manhattan plaza to speak out against corporate greed and social inequality, got a morale boost from Moore, who told the crowd they were the start of something big. (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith)
Filmmaker Michael Moore addresses several hundred Occupy Oakland protesters outside City Hall in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Moore urged the protesters to continue demonstrating against what they see as a growing disparity between rich and poor. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
FILE- In this Feb. 26, 2012, file photo, filmmaker Michael Moore arrives before the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Moore has filed for divorce after 21 years of marriage to Kathleen Glynn, his collaborator on the Oscar-winning "Bowling for Columbine" and other projects. A final hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, left, director Malik Bendjelloul, musician Sixto Rodriguez and filmmaker Michael Moore pose together at the National Board of Review Awards gala at Cipriani 42nd St. on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Filmmaker Michael Moore attends the premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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Moore added that he's doing "much better" now, giving a shout-out to Obamacare in the process.

"[T]hanks to a combination of good doctors, decent hospital food and 2nd-term Obamacare, I'm doing much better the last couple of days — so much so that I'm being discharged later today. I'm to return home and rest for the coming days," Moore noted.

The filmmaker said that he was being discharged later on Thursday. Alas, he also wrote, his appearances for the remainder of the week have been canceled, and Moore's illness will greatly hamper his efforts to promote his next documentary "Where to Invade Next," due for a Feb. 12 release. In his Facebook post, Moore attempted to enlist his fans in a grassroots promotional campaign, asking them to share the film's trailer along with its poster and a 30-second spot for the film.

"If a few thousand of you suddenly became champions and spokespeople for the film, then maybe I/we can pull this off. I would be forever in your debt," Moore added.

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