Tuesday 27 September 2016

Director Michael Moore sparks a little Anglo-Irish tension with latest tweet

Sasha Brady

Published 10/06/2016 | 15:15

Film-maker Michael Moore
Film-maker Michael Moore
Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Michael Moore meeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (WikiLeaks/PA)

Filmmaker Michael Moore has sparked controversy on social media with his latest tweet.

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The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker is heading to the UK and Ireland for the premiere of his latest movie, Where to Invade Next.

He took to Twitter to announce the details of his upcoming trip but caused some controversy with his tongue-in-cheek tweet, regarding Britain's EU referendum and Northern Ireland.

"Heading 2 UK & Ireland 4 premiere of my film! Hope Britain'll still be in Europe by time I land! I know they'll still be in Ireland. Hahaha," he wrote.

One user didn't take kindly to the tweet and reacted by saying: "looking forward to your movie Mike but that's a crap joke about 'Britain still in Ireland'".

Another added: "I don't see how this is supposed to be a "joke". I don't see the funny side at all."

Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Michael Moore meeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (WikiLeaks/PA)
Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Michael Moore meeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (WikiLeaks/PA)

However, some users were quick to defend his comments, with one fan empathising with the outspoken director: "In fairness, I doubt he thinks it's funny. It's a pointed comment. The haha designed to neutralise the controversy".

While another chimed in with: "You're very bold altogether but call in for a cuppa and we'll discuss our 'glorious' past."

Moore arrived in London today where he took time out from promoting his new film to meet WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The American has been a supporter of Mr Assange for years but they had never met in person.

Moore paid a visit to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Mr Assange is living as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over a sex allegation, which he has always denied.

He believes that if he travels to Sweden he will be taken to the United States to be quizzed about the activities of WikiLeaks.

Mr Assange will have been inside the embassy for four years on June 19.

A number of cities around the world, including Paris, Berlin and New York, will hold special events to mark the anniversary.

Patti Smith and PJ Harvey will play live at two venues.

In Moore's new film, Where To Invade Next, he examines how Europeans view work, education, healthcare, sex, equality and other issues.

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