After the hugely successful release of ‘American Sniper,’ an adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, it was no surprise that it got some criticism — but some went too far. Not surprisingly, Michael Moore was one of those.
When a film is based off of real events, there’s going to be criticism; there’s going to be those who understand, those who don’t and those who feel the truth was stretched. American Sniper is based off of Chris Kyle‘s autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. After seeing the film, I understood the word “legend” being used, as well as the word “hero.” What I didn’t understand was the term “coward.”
American Sniper: Cowards Or Heroes?
“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 tweeted on January 18. “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.”
Of course, he went on to say that he enjoyed Bradley Cooper‘s outstanding work and that he there was “great editing,” and has since been complaining that his words were twisted — that he wasn’t calling Chris Kyle a coward, and that he didn’t even mention the film.
However, does he think that we can’t read between the lines?
This isn’t the media twisting his words, this is trying to back out of a statement you put out there for the whole world to see. Michael may as well have called Chris Kyle a coward, the man who singlehandedly saved the lives of hundreds of men at war. “Snipers aren’t heroes” also means that those who are currently fighting the war saving lives, aren’t heroes. Interesting.
Did Seth Rogen Do The Same? Not So Much
As for Seth Rogen, who tweeted that the ending “kind of” reminded him of Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Bastards, I have to say I respect that he took the time to give a vital explanation. He explained the tweet immediately — “I just said something “kinda reminded” me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene. I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though.”
So, should he have thought before tweeting that? Sure. But he’s also a comedian who explained his words much better in a tweet, than a director, writer and activist did in a far too long, wordy Facebook post.
Regardless of your thoughts on war, American Sniper depicts the life of a real man with a real family. His own wife, Taya Kyle was involved in the making of the film and has been completely complimentary about it overall. If it was a stretch, she’d be the first to say so.
Granted, this is just my opinion — and everyone is entitled to their own. But calling a man who is risking his life for his country a “coward?” Well, that’s a tough argument to make.
— Emily Longeretta