‘American Sniper’ Triggers Flood Of Anti-Muslim Venom, Civil Rights Group Warns

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‘American Sniper’ Triggers Flood Of Anti-Muslim Venom, Civil Rights Group Warns.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said this week that threats against Muslims and Arabs have soared following the release of “American Sniper,” a hugely popular and hugely controversial film.On Friday’s episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host criticized the hit Oscar-nominated film, which tells the real-life story of late U.S. soldier Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), because he wanted the film to portray Kyle with greater complexity. “‘Hurt Locker’ only made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous and thoughtful,” the TV host said. “And (‘American Sniper’) is just, ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.’” Michael Moore criticized the film in a tweet describing snipers are “cowards,” which drew the ire of fans of the film, including Sarah Palin.All the fuss over American Sniper – the Oscar buzz, the red-carpet premieres, the political debates – was not real-life sniper Chris Kyle’s thing, says his friend, actor . “It would be absolutely and completely surreal and strange to him,” Cain tells PEOPLE. “And he’d probably want to go fishing.

Hosts Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone announce the movie ‘American Sniper’ as one of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture during the Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California on Jan. 15, 2015. Threats reported to the civil rights group have tripled since the film’s wide opening over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the committee told The Guardian. “The last time we saw such a sharp increase was in 2010, around the Ground Zero mosque,” said the group’s national legal and policy director, Abed Ayoub, referring to an Islamic center that was going to be located a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Seth Rogen also found himself under fire when he compared “American Sniper” to a propaganda film, with Alec Baldwin defending Rogen from the backlash.

As “The Best Years of Our Lives” was to World War II and “Platoon” was to the Vietnam War, so Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” may be shaping up as the catharsis many Americans have been hoping would give voice to (or reflect, or justify, or lie further about) our involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Before American Sniper hit the big screen, there was a messy trail of accusations and bankruptcy litigation involving the business he founded, Craft International LLC, and his widow, Taya Kyle, who was called the company’s “litigation nemesis” in court filings by Craft’s lawyers in US Bankruptcy Court in Dallas.

Now, Ms Kyle and Craft’s creditors have reached a settlement under which the company will shut down, the Kyle family can live rent-free until October 30 in their Midlothian, Texas, home, and Ms Kyle will get the rights to Craft’s skull-shaped logo. He’d want to do anything but be in the public eye.” The Navy SEAL and the former Lois and Clark star became tight when they were paired in 2012 to perform military-style operations on the NBC competition show Stars Earn Stripes. We don’t know if somebody’s serious or if somebody’s joking around, so we take all these threats seriously, especially when they’re talking about shooting bullets into someone’s head.” “American Sniper” tells the story of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in the Iraq War and is credited as the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. The logo, imprinted on Craft apparel like T-shirts, patches and coffee mugs, drove the company’s merchandise sales and is surrounded by these words: “Despite what your Momma told you … violence does solve problems.” “She’s gone through a very hard time and still is going through the grieving process,” said Dallas lawyer Larry Friedman, who represents Ms Kyle. “She has risen to the occasion as a patriot, as a wife and as a mother.” Mr Kyle borrowed about $2.6 million from an investor group to get his business started in 2009. Why audiences are hungry to see it, and what, exactly, they think they’re seeing are different, less settled questions. “American Sniper” is a complicated animal, one I think quite brilliantly shows how a fighting man’s certainty can founder on the actuality of dead women and children, the thirst for vengeance, and an increasingly clouded mission.

As sympathetic as it is to the film’s title character, the late Chris Kyle, it’s a hero’s tale that questions what heroism means and that finds the usual definitions painfully lacking. Comedian Bill Blurr also pushed back against Maher’s characterization: “You can’t sum up a man by one quote taken out of context.” All this controversy, of course, is great news for a movie that has already broken records and could make $200 million domestically by the end of its second weekend in the theaters, reports the Wrap. But because the movie has landed in the midst of a polarized cultural landscape, its message has been simplified and misunderstood on both sides of the divide. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.” “American Sniper” has been a massive box office success, raking in $90 million in the first three days of its wide release — reportedly an all-time record for the month of January. Craft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last May, but hoped to reorganise and continue operating under the ownership of Craft’s investors, who would take a stake in the business instead of loan repayment.

Great [expletive] movie and now I really want to kill some [expletive] ragheads.” From @dezmondharmon (since deleted), “American sniper makes me wanna go shoot some [expletive] Arabs,” with three cute little handgun emojis. This is the possible tip of an iceberg of a sizable percentage of “American Sniper” viewers who, confronted with the film’s intentionally conflicting signals — the fellow soldier whose letter home mourns a country that has lost its way, the mounting distress of Kyle’s wife and brother, the abject pain and anger reflected in Bradley Cooper’s body language and eyes as his tours grind on — retreat into the comfort of simpler pieties. At one point, Craft’s lawyers said they might sue Ms Kyle for any money she gets from the American Sniper film, which hit cinemas last week and is based on Mr Kyle’s 2012 best-selling autobiography. Groused one commenter on Metacritic.com, “I watched this in amazement, was he supposed to be a hero?” No and yes; yes and no — you’re supposed to figure it out for yourself, fella.

Or the clueless snobbery of The New York Times box office analyst who dismissed the film as “patriotic” “pro-family” fluff that only played well in the heartland. (A. A chunk of the royalties from the book could eventually flow to former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, who won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit against Mr Kyle’s estate.

We’ll see who is a coward,” he Tweeted to Moore. “Seth…I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass,” he wrote to Rogen. “My first reaction was anger and you know, maybe I could have been more eloquent,” Cain says now. “But it felt like it deserved that kind of response. The case is under appeal. (Mr Ventura also has sued HarperCollins Publishers LLC, a unit of News Corp for allegedly publishing “a false and defamatory story.” A spokeswoman for HarperCollins said the company “will defend itself vigorously and views the suit as entirely without merit.”) Hollywood was surprised by the movie’s phenomenal $107 million box office over the four-day US holiday weekend, making it the largest opening ever for a drama or R-rated film.

It sounds like he didn’t see the movie.) Worse was a writer for The New Republic, Dennis Jett, who spent four paragraphs trashing the movie before getting to this: “I have not seen ‘American Sniper.’ But if the trailer is any indication. . . .” To any responsible journalist, that’s grounds for dismissal. Memo to all those patriotic online thugs: Threatening to put a cap in someone you disagree with actually makes you one of “the bad guys.” ‘Sniper’ is a story told strictly from an American soldier’s point of view, with the relevant honesty, blind spots, dissonances, defensiveness, pride, professionalism, and self-loathing put out there for all to see. This puts the movie in a box with “Rambo: First Blood II” and other revisionist pop artifacts that seem specifically engineered to banish doubt and let us feel good about ourselves again. (And if there’s one thing that makes American audiences uncomfortable, it’s not feeling good about ourselves.) I disagree, even as I don’t dispute parts of this countervailing long view. Kyle and other SEALs to do exhibition shoots at his annual economic summit, letting them detonate explosives at his ranch in front of his Wall Street buddies.

Beyond that, there’s an innate understanding that anyone who wasn’t there — be they a filmmaker or a movie critic or an audience member or a bloviator on the right or the left — can never comprehend the experience, and that those who were there share an unbreakable, inexpressible bond. Investors who eventually extended a $2.6 million note to Craft include former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach, golf sportscaster David Feherty and the son of ex-Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks. Which hasn’t stopped us from using “American Sniper” as a hankie to weep uncomplicatedly in or a stick with which to bludgeon others, both responses at the expense of the mixed messages its maker intuitively and (I believe) consciously put there. By the time that some investors suggested taking over in 2014, Craft executives already were challenging Ms Kyle’s inherited ownership, arguing that Mr.

So many audiences are coming to this movie to have their beliefs mirrored and reconfirmed, holding on to the parts that jibe with what they want to see and tossing out the rest. In earlier court papers, Craft officials said that “Taya is unilaterally attempting to usurp control of [Craft] and its assets, capitalising and cashing in on the notoriety of being the widow of a renowned military hero.” In August, Ms Kyle sued Craft for using her dead husband’s name and image — which she said belongs to her and her two children — to sell merchandise.

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