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At Least One Local Audience is Just Sick Over Sicko

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The fine folks at Liberal Revolt! picked up on a Boing Boing item today concerning an "impromptu town hall meeting" that took place at a local screening of Michael Moore's health-care documentary Sicko, which opened on Friday. Reports one attendee at an unnamed local cineplex:

When the credits rolled the audience filed out and into the bathrooms. At the urinals, my redneck friend couldn’t stop talking about the film, and I kept listening. He struck up a conversation with a random black man in his 40s standing next to him, and soon everyone was peeing and talking about just how fucked everything is...

The talk gradually centered around a core of 10 or 12 strangers in a cluster while the rest of us stood around them listening intently to this thing that seemed to be happening out of nowhere. The black gentleman engaged by my redneck in the restroom shouted for everyone’s attention. The conversation stopped instantly as all eyes in this group of 30 or 40 people were now on him. “If we just see this and do nothing about it,” he said, “then what’s the point? Something has to change.” There was silence, then the redneck’s wife started calling for email addresses. Suddenly everyone was scribbling down everyone else’s email, promising to get together and do something … though no one seemed to know quite what.

I dunno, seems like town-hall meetings around the urinal is a health-care crisis just waiting to happen. Turns out, though, the writer of the Boing Boing piece was CinemaBlend's Josh Tyler, who posted his account four days ago. On Tuesday, Moore stuck it up on his Web site. So, Josh, please tell me everyone washed their hands after your meeting. --Robert Wilonsky

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