The film tells the story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American History. Kyle served four tours as a Navy SEAL in Iraq, accumulating 160 confirmed kills. His actions saved countless American soldiers.
Some of the film’s more famous critics include comedian Bill Maher, actor Seth Rogen, and director Michael Moore.
Rogen equated the movie to a Nazi propaganda film and Maher made multiple comments about Kyle being a “psychopath patriot.” Michael Moore, the keyboard warrior that he is, tweeted saying “We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.”
Let’s break all of this down.
Seth Rogen, the man that makes movies full of vulgarity and pot-smoking deadbeats, is criticizing a film that shows the reality of war and tells the story of a man that protected American troops from terrorists. He’s probably just jealous that his new movie was all but forgotten when American Sniper premiered.
Bill Maher is a comedian. A controversial one at that. He makes his living by saying things that many see as offensive. He mocks patriotism and the military. He can do this because people like Chris Kyle protected his right to do it.
I’m not even sure where to start with Michael Moore. The ball-cap wearing butterball is claiming that snipers are cowards. He’s criticizing someone who shoots enemies that can’t shoot back. But, apparently, Mr. Moore doesn’t understand how war works. If you get a chance to have an advantage over your enemy, you take it. You can’t call a man a coward just because he’s more advanced than his enemy. Well, I suppose you can when you’re Michael Moore.
But in more recent news, the Islamic terrorist group ISIS showed the world its true face. And suddenly nobody’s pointing out Chris Kyle’s flaws. You see, ISIS killed Christians. ISIS beheaded 5 year olds. ISIS drenched a man with gasoline, locked him in a steel cage, set him on fire, and filmed as he screamed and flailed until he died.
And yet Kyle’s critics are silent about all of this because even they can’t deny that his actions pale in comparison to the death and destruction that ISIS is causing.
They’re silent because it’s not edgy to criticize terrorists. Bashing a lifesaving American soldier keeps them relevant. Condemning evil doesn’t.