Michael Moore has got Madonna's vote — she urged fans during her concert Wednesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden to go see his provocative new film, "Fahrenheit 9/11."
In what seemed to be a genuine, unscripted moment, the singer told the audience — which included the filmmaker himself — that she had just seen the film and that it had really affected her. Moore had screened the film to a crowd of celebrities and members of the press on Monday at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.
"I don't think I've ever cried so hard at a movie in my life," Madonna said during a break in her performance. "And I'm sure I still have a lot to learn from it."
Madonna also acknowledged Moore's presence and thanked him for making the film, which opens in New York on Wednesday and nationwide on June 25.
"Not only is it inspiring and educating, but it's proof that people can make a difference, that we can make a difference," she said. "So, Michael, I know you're out there tonight, and I just wanted to publicly thank you for sticking your neck out, for going against the establishment, for giving us the hope."
Madonna had originally tried to create a controversial statement against the war in Iraq herself, via her "American Life" video (see "Madonna Defends Her Violent 'American Life' Video"), which was first edited and then withdrawn because she had feared it could be deemed inappropriate at the time (see "Madonna Yanks Controversial 'American Life' Video"). The idea survives in her live set, when she flashes stark images of war on various screens behind her, and her dancers dress like soldiers during the performance of that song. She also covers John Lennon's peace song "Imagine" during her set.
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