Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Hollywood sorts snipers into good and bad

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So let me get this straight. American Sniper, a film that gives a candid look at the life of American soldier Chris Kyle, a sniper that has more kills than anyone else in American history, is supposedly really, really bad.

The film’s straightforward treatment of Kyle, who was killed in February 2013 by a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is one of the reasons it has been celebrated by the military and embraced by audiences that have made it by far the top-grossing Best Picture nominee. The film had a massive opening when it went wide at the box office this weekend and is poised to break an historic $100 million this holiday weekend.

But Academy members seem to be paying attention to the criticism that Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper shouldn’t be celebrating a man who wrote that killing hundreds of Iraqis was “fun.”

“He seems like he may be a sociopath,” one Academy member told TheWrap, adding he had not yet seen the film but had read the article, which is being passed around.

And Michael Moore, an Oscar voter and former Academy governor from the Documentary Branch, tweeted on Sunday, “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.”

On the other hand, Enemy at the Gates, a film glorifying a Communist sniper and even gives decent treatment to a Nazi sniper, didn’t bother Hollywood or film critics at all.
So, here is official Hollywood politically correct sorting of snipers:
American sniper, very very bad man.
Commie sniper, unambiguous good guy. Practically a saint.
Nazi sniper, honorable guy on the wrong side.

Okay, we have it now.

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