American Sniper is a movie based upon Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.” The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle. Although American Sniper has received mainly positive reviews from critics, there has been some criticism of the film.
American Sniper Criticism and Backtrack
In the first couple weeks of the film’s opening, American Sniper grossed over $120 million. However, though the American Sniper movie has experienced box office success, it has drawn a fair share of criticism from celebrities.
Seth Rogen On American Sniper
Seth Rogen, one of the stars of the controversial film The Interview, started his own controversy by sending a tweet in regards to the American Sniper movie.
American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015
So what exactly is Seth Rogen talking about in this tweet? In the movie, Inglorious Basterds, there is a fake film about a German sniper killing Allied soldiers. This caused people and the media to draw the conclusion that Seth Rogen is basically saying the American Sniper movie is nothing more than a Nazi propaganda film. Later on, Seth Rogen tried to clarify his original tweet.
I just said something "kinda reminded" me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 19, 2015
Well, this tweet meant to clarify his original tweet. However, it didn’t really help any. People still believed that Seth Rogen was comparing the American Sniper to Nazi propaganda.
Seth Rogen’s Answer to the Backlash
Seth Rogen sent out a flurry of tweets to try and ‘cover his ass.’ He said he wasn’t comparing the two films, just one reminded him of the other. He also felt like things were being completely blown out of proportion. Seth Rogen then tweeted this to hopefully clear things up.
I truly hope this clears things up: pic.twitter.com/1lLM4cA5je
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 23, 2015
Was it Seth Rogen’s intention to compare the American Sniper with Nazi propaganda? Not likely. Out of everyone, Seth Rogen knows what it’s like to be surrounded in controversy. With his latest movie, The Interview, controversy was created in global proportions. It’s pretty doubtful Seth Rogen meant anything by his original tweet.
Michael Moore On American Sniper
Michael Moore is a director, producer, writer and author. He’s probably most well known for his films “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Michael Moore also is known for criticizing the Iraq War during his 2003 Oscar acceptance speech. Here’s what Michael Moore recently tweeted after the release of the American Sniper.
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
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
Unlike Seth Rogen, the message from Michael Moore seems pretty straight-forward. Snipers are cowards. There’s no need to try and connect the dots. Michael Moore’s opinion on the American Sniper film is clear. Or is it?
Michael Moore’s American Sniper Backtrack
Michael Moore claims his tweets had nothing to do with the American Sniper movie. It was purely coincidental that his tweets regarding snipers coincided with the film American Sniper. To set the record straight, Michael Moore explains himself in a Facebook post. Upon reading his explanation, it seems Michael Moore is just babbling nonsense. He is apparently trying to cover up his original feelings. His explanation is that he was referring to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. But even in his explanation, Michael Moore takes the time to bash the American Sniper film and snipers in general.
Perhaps it was due to all the backlash that Michael Moore wanted to backtrack from what he originally tweeted. You don’t need to be a genius to realize that he was referring to the American Sniper film. This one response to Michael Moore on Twitter sums it up the best.
— Lizzy Lou Who (@_wintergirl93) January 19, 2015