Controversy Surrounding “American Sniper”

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“American Sniper” is a newly released film about the struggles of an American Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle. As he struggles with his time at war and his time away from war, a huge statement is made through the way he conducts himself regarding his family as well as his job.

The movie was advertised greatly and portrayed as a film to characterize American patriotism. Many Americans believe in the armed forces and trust them to provide sufficient protection for our nation’s citizens each and every day. Everyone, however, does not appreciate the sacrifices American soldiers make on a daily basis.

Michael Moore (well-known film and documentary director) made controversial statements involving the film.

Michael Moore said on Twitter; “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse” — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015. Many people think that with this Tweet, Michael Moore made a low blow at his own country and his own military.

Michael Moore also said, “But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.” — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015.

Michael denied the relation between the tweets and the film by Clint Eastwood. He then countered his denial by making a lengthy Facebook post explaining Tweets.

“Michael dug his own grave here, he makes controversial films for a living, but this is too far,” an anonymous Tweeter said. Michael avoided issuing an apology, but many believe he needs to do so.

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