J.B. Spins

Jazz, film, and improvised culture.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

One Man’s Character, Another’s Lack There Of

The AP is reporting Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar, who appeared in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 while serving as a recruiter, was killed in Iraq. According to his father “his son didn't realize that it was for a movie critical of the war.” Sgt. Plouhar did have a clear idea of why he was in and Iraq and why he was a marine. According to his father it was his desire to help people:

"This just makes me devoted even more to his belief that people need help in Iraq, and he felt that he was helping."

He said his son was teased a lot as a young kid and protected people as he grew up.

"He liked to protect the underdog," the father said. "All of his buddies from school called saying, `He was my friend when nobody else would be.'"

As of 2:20 P.M. E.S.T. there is no mention of Plouhar’s death or his dedication to service on the website of the man who exploited his trust, Michael Moore. Not even a simple expression of condolence to his family. That is telling.