Michael Moore Calls Snipers ‘Cowards’, Sounds Off On ‘American Sniper’
Michael Moore tweeted about his contempt for snipers Sunday, causing many to infer that the filmmaker was throwing shade at Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper about Navy Seal Chris Kyle. While Moore says he didn’t intend to start a dialogue about the movie that opened over the weekend, he ultimately weighed in on the box office smash.
Michael Moore On Snipers
Moore shared a personal anecdote about snipers on Twitter, stating that he was taught growing up that snipers, who shoot at their targets from a distance, are cowards. Outlets picked up the tweets and believed that the often-controversial Moore was aiming his ire at the late Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper in 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
Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only cowards would do that 2 him, others
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015
Upon realizing how his tweets were being stretched to define his views on the film, Moore decided to clear the air in a lengthy Facebook post. First of all, Moore claims that he was compelled to make the posts because of the “talk about snipers this weekend,” which included talk about the sniper who killed Martin Luther King Jr., who is remembered Monday.
Moore then decided to share exactly what he thought about Eastwood’s movie – which were predictably not all positive.
“Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper. One of the best of the year. Great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb!” Moore wrote on Facebook. “Oh… and too bad Clint gets Vietnam and Iraq confused in his storytelling. And that he has his characters calling Iraqis “savages” throughout the film.”
“But there is also anti-war sentiment expressed in the movie,” Moore added. “And there’s a touching ending as the main character is remembered after being gunned down by a fellow American vet with PTSD who was given a gun at a gun range back home in Texas — and then used it to kill the man who called himself the ‘America Sniper’.”