In a recent article on CNN’s political ticker, Michael Moore is quoted as he proudly states his opinion on the Islamic Center being built near Ground Zero–a topic which has been the source of much controversy and debate recently. Moore, who is a liberal filmmaker, stated that Americans should form objective opinions abut the Islamic center because “they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don’t”. He goes on to say, “We have to separate the emotion from it sometimes because if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made”. He then goes on to compare the situation to slavery, killing indians, and women not voting in the U.S.
From a Public Relations perspective, I feel that Moore is making statements that will very likely give him bad publicity. The issue of the Islamic mosque being built near Ground Zero is very sensitive topic, especially to Americans who lost family members in the tragedy. His statements sound one-sided, insensitive, and judgemental. He is very adamant about the idea that any Americans who are opposed to the Mosque are going off of emotion instead of logic. However, plenty of logical arguments can and have been made against the building of the Islamic Center near Ground Zero. Also, Moore compares the situation to slavery and women not voting, which is also very likely to cause uproar against him from the public. This is due to the fact that those two topics are entirely different in context; slavery was inflicted on completely innocent human beings, while the building of the Islamic Center is being rejected by many as a result of very terrible events that were inflicted on our country (and specifically the Ground Zero area), by followers of the Muslim faith. To compare the two events is not only insensitve, but it is likely to give Moore very negative publicity from people everywhere. I feel that celebrities such as Moore should be much more cautious when giving their opinions on controversial world news. It is likely that his publicits will soon be preparing apology statements to different organizations and the public on his behalf.