Caustic Letters Between Film Producer Michael Moore and Las Vegas Aladdin Hotel president Bill TimminsTruth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

The eRumor claims to include the texts of letters between Moore and Timmins in reaction to on-stage comments at the Aladdin by singer Linda Ronstadt.  It says that Ronstadt caused a ruckus during her concert by dedicating a song to Moore, who produced the controversial election-year film FAHRENHEIT 9/11. Timmins is described as having her escorted off the property and telling her not to come back. Moore wrote Timmins a strong letter about the incident and, according to the eRumor, Timmins shot back with one of his own.


The Truth:

The concert did take place, Ronstadt did praise Moore, a lot of people did get upset, and Moore did send a letter to the Aladdin, but the alleged response from the president of the Aladdin is a hoax.

The concert was on July 17, 2004 at the Aladdin.

According to the hotel, Ronstadt took a portion of her time on stage to praise Moore and his film FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and encouraged those in the audience to see it.  She then finished her concert without incident.  She was not, as some reports have said, pulled off the stage. 

There was a lot of audience reaction, however, from those who disagreed with her comments and, according to the hotel, about 2,000 of those who attended asked for money back for their tickets.  The hotel says that as a part of trying to quell any incident, Ronstadt was accompanied off the property.  There was no vow from the president that she would never again play the Aladdin and, in fact, there is an upcoming change in ownership of the hotel that would make such a ban short-lived.

The Aladdin says that the president, Bill Timmins, has issued no response at all to Michael Moore or about the incident and that portion of the eRumor is false.

On July 21, 2004, Ronstadt told the Tucson Citizen Newspaper that there was no eruption or mayhem at the concert, she was not booed off the stage, and she was not asked by the management of the hotel to leave.
She says she didn’t know about the hotel’s irritation or statement until after she had left.

Last updated 8/20/04

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Maybe a trip to Las Vegas is in order.
Response to Michael Moore’s, “Open Letter to Bill Timmins, President
Aladdin Casino and Hotel”
As you most likely know, Michael Moore posted the following letter: After
the letter, you will find the response… PLEASE READ MR. TIMMINS

Bill Timmins President Aladdin Casino and Hotel Las Vegas, NV

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 stage
on Saturday night, you instructed your security guards to remove her from
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 “The
First Amendment.” This constitutional right gives everyone here the right
to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as sacred.
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 asked
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 read
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 “Desperado!”
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 Aladdin
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 Beautiful” on
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,
“Fahrenheit 9/11”


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 fun
never ends and everybody wins. How very interesting to learn you are such
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 of
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 thrown
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 way.” I
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 you
come to your senses” was addressed to you. Maybe she should have dedicated
her song, ‘You’re No Good’ to you. I would have asked her back, had she
done that.

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 void
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 love
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