Maybe a trip to Las Vegas is in order.
Response to Michael Moore's, "Open Letter to Bill Timmins,
Aladdin Casino and Hotel"
As you most likely know, Michael Moore posted the following letter:
the letter, you will find the response... PLEASE READ MR. TIMMINS
RESPONSE. IT IS EXCELLENT. KUDOS TO MR. TIMMINS!
Bill Timmins President Aladdin Casino and Hotel Las
July 20, 2004
Dear Mr. Timmins:
I understand from the news reports I've read that,
after Linda Ronstadt,
one of America's greatest singers, dedicated a song to me from your
on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove her
the Aladdin, which they did.
What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las
Vegas is still in
the United States. And in the United States, we have something called
First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the
to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as
Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives to defend
it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have been
before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.
For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises
because she dared to say
a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and
Un-American. Frankly, I have never heard of such a thing happening. I
that you wouldn't even let her go back up to her room at your hotel! Are
you crazy? For crying out loud, it was a song DEDICATION! To
Every American loves that song! Sure, some people didn't like the
dedication, and that's their right.
But neither they nor you have the right to remove her
from your building
when all she did was exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind.
Of all the things that go on in Las Vegas, this is
what creates the need
for serious action? What about the other half of the crowd at the
who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, cheered her when she made her
remarks? Did you throw them out, too?
I think you owe Ms. Ronstadt an apology. And I have an
idea how you can
make it up to her -- and to the millions of Americans you have offended.
Invite her back and I'll join her in singing "America the
your stage. Then I will show "Fahrenheit 9/11" free of charge
to all your
guests and anyone else in Las Vegas who wants to see it.
Mr. Timmins, as the song "Desperado" says --
"Come to your senses!" How
can you refuse this offer? I await your reply.
Yours, Michael Moore Director,
July 21, 2004
Attention: Michael Moore,
In response to your letter dated July 20, 2004: You
are correct that I had
security remove Linda Ronstadt from Aladdin Casino and Hotel where the
never ends and everybody wins. How very interesting to learn you are
a fan of Ms. Ronstadt.
You questioned where I live and surprisingly knew Las
Vegas is in the
United States. You should visit it sometime. There are thousands of
wonderful 'All You Can Eat' buffets.
There are also a lot of casinos who's owners don't
**** around. I am aware
of the First Amendment and you have the right to talk about your hatred
America but once you are on my property and you are upsetting my guests,
you will quickly learn about my rights.
I can't remember if it was Jesus or George W. Bush
that said, "Freedom is
a two-way street." Ms. Ronstadt learned this long before I had her
out of my casino. You question my actions? If you come onto my property
and upset my guests, you will receive the same, if not worse, treatment
than Ms. Ronstadt received. I am sure your mere presence would upset my
You claim your film, "...is all about asking the
questions that should
have been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms
think you film does nothing but aid the enemy and hurt our troops. You
have betrayed our troops, our leader and America. I have no respect for
you or your vision of what America should be.
I paid Ms. Ronstadt to entertain my guests, not divide
them. The half that
did not leave probably thought the verse you mentioned, "Why don't
come to your senses" was addressed to you. Maybe she should have
her song, 'You're No Good' to you. I would have asked her back, had she
Regarding your request for me to apologize to her,
have you and her on my
stage singing anything about this Country and then playing your piece of
**** film is ludicrous!
One of my workers is currently throwing away every
complaint letter from
brainless followers of you, claiming they will never visit my Casino. I
could not be more pleased to know my casino and hotel will always be
of the kind of people who support you. Meanwhile, my hotel has been
quickly booked solid for the rest of the year with true Americans who
this Country and support our efforts overseas.
They will see a framed copy of your letter and my
response in the lobby to
ensure they begin their experience with a laugh.
Bill Timmins President
Aladdin Casino and Hotel
Las Vegas, NV