Press discovers WGFA spat

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Sat Jul 10 11:44:17 CDT 2004

Townshend fuming over Fahrenheit row

Rock legend Pete Townshend has launched a scathing attack at film-maker 
Michael Moore, saying he has been "bullied and slurred" by the director.

Last year, the Stupid White Men author Moore approached the The Who 
guitarist to ask the star permission to use his song Won't Get Fooed Again 
in his controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which criticises George 
Bush's administration.

Townshend refused to let the Oscar-winning director use the song, because 
the rocker didn't enjoy Moore's previous films Bowling for Columbine and 
Roger and Me.

Townshend fumes: "Michael Moore has been making some claims, using my name, 
which distort the truth.

"I greatly resent being bullied and slurred by him just because he didn't 
get what we wanted from me. It seems to me that this aspect of his nature is 
not unlike that of the powerful
and willful man at the centre of his documentary.

"He says that I refused to allow him to use my song Won't Get Fooled Again 
in his latest film because I support the war. I have never hidden the fact 
that at the beginning of the war in Iraq, I was a supporter. But now I am 
less sure we did the right thing.

"I had not really been convinced by Bowling For Columbine and had been 
worried about its accuracy. To me, it felt like a bullying film. Once I had 
an idea what Fahrenheit 9/11 was about, I was 90 per cent certain my song 
was not right for them and pointed out that Won't Get Fooled Again is not an 
unconditionally anti-war song."

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