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Michael Moore calls snipers ‘cowards’

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(CNN) — Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore pronounced that “snipers aren’t heroes” in a tweet on Sunday as “American Sniper,” the Oscar-nominated biopic of a former Navy SEAL and sharpshooter, won the weekend box office.

CNN

CNN

The “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine” director later expanded on his remarks, saying: “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.”

CNN

CNN

Moore has long been a staunch advocate for stricter gun control laws in the U.S., and his statements are known to court controversy.

His latest comments quickly prompted backlash. Former U.S. House speaker and CNN contributor Newt Gingrich invited Moore to spend some time with terrorist cells overseas, then weigh in on the value of snipers.

The Clint Eastwood movie starring Bradley Cooper earned $90.2 million in weekend ticket sales, and nabbed six Academy Award nominations last week, including best picture. The box office take trumped previous records for a January opening, and is expected to grow on Monday as moviegoers enjoy another day off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Moore isn’t the only one in Hollywood taking aim at the film: Actor Seth Rogen equated the war drama to a Nazi propaganda film shown in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”

“American Sniper” is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Chris Kyle. Kyle served four tours in Iraq with the Navy SEALs and is lauded as “America’s deadliest sniper.” He was not without controversy of his own, including disputed claims in his book that he punched former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and killed two armed carjackers. Kyle was shot and killed by a former Marine in 2013.

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4 comments

  • Real american

    I wish that sniper had killed Moore’s father instead of his uncle, then we wouldn’t have to hear this asshole rant while he raids the hostess isle at 7-eleven.

  • Hotel23

    Green Beret Sniper, Bryan Sikes, hilariously slams ‘cupcake’ Michael Moore for calling American Sniper, Chris Kyle, a coward.
    Mr. Moore-
    Good afternoon there sweetheart, I hope this finds you alive and well. You can thank our men and women of the armed forces for that, by the way, and that also includes us cowardly snipers. It seems you’ve found time between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing your grasp of a bear claw to tweet some junk about snipers being cowards.
    My buddies and I got a good laugh over the tweet, so I thank you. For a guy worth $50 million dollars, you sure have quite a bit to bitch and cry about. I guess like a moth to flame, you too gravitate towards things that are popular and in the moment — in this case it’s snipers. Too bad for you that your attempt at being relevant via your 70+ year old family experience has failed. It has only made you look dumber than a bag of hammers. Next time you should try something more original than going after snipers for one reason or another…that was so last month.
    It’s typical of “men” like you to criticize the intestinal fortitude, focus, discipline and patriotism of a sniper. It must stem from an inferiority complex or something. But hey, it’s okay cupcake. We snipers are thick skinned and the efforts of world class turds such as yourself to portray us in a negative light only makes us laugh. If you and I were in the same room, I’d throw you a smile and gently pat you on the head knowing you’re nothing more than a mouth breathing, Crisco sweating waste of space not even worthy of being in the presence of a sniper. It’s almost funny how people like you preach things like ‘acceptance’ and ‘not passing judgement’ or ‘labeling people’, but then are the first to do so when a person is in some way dissimilar from you.
    So tenderfoot, I leave you with this final thought: what if you found yourself in some sort of hostage situation where you were held at knife-point by some crazed person and they were dead set on making an example of you by bleeding you out on Hollywood Blvd in front of the world, and the only way out was with the precision aimed fire of a sniper? Would you want that coward to take the shot? Because knowing how you feel about snipers such as myself and your hatred of firearms, I’d probably drop the mag, roll the bolt and go get a Jack & Coke before helping you out.
    Very Respectfully,
    Sikes