Michael Moore, whose former 7-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom, 11,058 square-foot lakefront estate was listed for $5.2 million earlier this year, is opening his 700 square-foot apartment to Syrian refugees. The north Michigan pad “is a little small, but it’s got cable, wi-fi and a new dishwasher” and “no haters” live on his floor, the activist filmmaker noted in post.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is among governors across the nation announcing plans to halt Syrian refugees from resettling in their states. In an open letter to the governor on his public Facebook page, Moore declared he is defying the ban and offering shelter.
“Your action is not only disgraceful, it is, as you know, unconstitutional (only the President has the legal right to decide things like this),” Moore wrote. “What you’ve done is anti-American. This is not who we are supposed to be. We are, for better and for worse, a nation of descendants of three groups: slaves from Africa who were brought here in chains and then forced to provide trillions of dollars of free labor to build this country; native peoples who were mostly exterminated by white Christians through acts of mass genocide; and immigrants from EVERYWHERE around the globe.”
He said he has “full faith and trust” in the Obama administration’s vetting processes for refugees and “will offer MY home in Traverse City, Mich., to those very Syrian refugees you’ve decided to keep out.”
Earlier this year his ex-wife, Kathleen Glynn, put their Central Lake, Mich. estate on the market.
Reported Variety at the time, citing real estate listing info:
“A capacious, cathedral-ceiled foyer with rugged, hand-hewn log walls and a winding custom staircase leads into an also double-height sitting room with river rock fireplace and glass sliders that open to a lake-view deck. The grandly scaled but laid-back room is flanked by a more cozily proportioned den/TV lounge and a spacious eat-in kitchen fitted with granite countertops on Shaker-style cabinetry painted either steel-blue or tomato red. There are all the customary stainless steel appliances usually found in most multimillion-dollar mansions as well as a supersized center island with integrated butcher-block topped snack bar. Beyond the kitchen an oversized dining room has a soaring, vaulted ceiling and spills out to a lake view through accordion-style folding glass doors. An adjoining sitting area has another wood-burning fireplace and a secondary staircase that, along with an elevator, provides access to all three floors of the mansion. A meandering library loft overlooks the dining room and leads to a series of guest bedrooms with pitched and wood-paneled ceilings as well as a commodious master suite with fireplaced sitting room, and a large lake-view bedroom and private access to a shared deck plus dual closets and a fancy bathroom appointed with his ‘n’ her commodes. The lower level accommodates an unfinished area prepped for a home theater and a fitness room chock-a-block with exercise equipment that we’re certain at least a few of his detractors will scoff the — ahem — Rubenesque Mister Moore has probably never seen, let alone used.”
Moore’s new place is considerably smaller but welcoming: “Stop by any time for a hot chocolate this winter,” he posted.