Michael Moore calls snipers ‘cowards’ on Twitter

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American Sniper controversy: Director Michael Moore says snipers are ‘cowards’.

The American director and activist Michael Moore has weighed into the controversy over the record breaking movie American sniper and claimed that such soldiers are cowards.In spite of the vitriol spewed toward the movie “American Sniper,” Americans flocked to see the Clint Eastwood biopic of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in record numbers.

American Sniper just had a blisteringly successful opening weekend in the UK, and its $105 million US box office takings means Clint Eastwood’s film is likely to be the highest grossing war film of all time. Clint Eastwood’s film, which has secured six Oscar nominations, opened this weekend and earned more than $90m, setting a new record for films that open in January.

The previous record for a movie opening on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend was set last year by “Ride Along,” which opened with $41 million. “American Sniper” is estimated to have more than doubled that, bringing in an astounding $90.2 million. There’s a scene in the Best Picture-nominee in which real-life Sniper Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) and his wife Tyra (Sienna Miller), pass the baby to eachother during a coversation.

One member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the governing body that awards the Oscars, said Kyle “seems like he may be a sociopath.” That voter admitted he hadn’t seen the movie, only read an article in The New Republic about it. Another Hollywood elitist, director and Oscar winner Michael Moore, called Kyle a “coward,” Seth Rogen compared the movie to fake Nazi propaganda, and the UK paper The Guardian asked, “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Telegraph film critic Robbie Collin chose not to include the plastic babies in his review, but did notice them, saying: “they’re conspicuously wobbling rather than moving, which makes the crying sound effects seem a bit eerily detached.” Back in December movie site HitFlix picked up on plastic-babygate, saying: “It’s so obvious, and neither one of them looks like they are comfortable holding it. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?” Taya Kyle, Chris’ widow, expressed her gratitude for the film’s success on the Chris Kyle Facebook page Sunday.

Cooper in particular looks like he’s just plain never held a baby.” The writer, Drew McWeeny, speculates that maybe Eastwood was so keen to sign off on the film he didn’t want to worry himself about the terrifying robot baby. And invaders r worse,” Moore said on social media. “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 neighbour.” Seth Rogan, the director of The Interview, said the film reminded him the faux Nazi propaganda film that Quentin Tarentino featured in his film Inglorious Basterds, in which a German sniper talks about how he picked off 200 Allied soldiers from a clock tower. NewsOK’s review read: “Cooper and Miller deliver the performance of their careers during an argument over what’s supposed to be their infant daughter, but instead end up cradling a jarringly fake plastic baby and trying to pretend it’s the real thing.

There’s just no excuse for that kind of bush-league nonsense.” Plastic babies have been a hot topic of conversation among Reddit users, who have agreed that the doll looks, in no particular order: “super fake”, “like a Cabbage Patch Kid”, “like it weighed less than a pound”, and “really flimsy”. After one weekend in wide release, “Sniper” is director Eastwood’s fourth most successful film and is expected to be his biggest, currently the 2008 movie “Gran Torino” with $148 million. He shot dead at a gun range in February 2013, allegedly by Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine veteran apparently suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Star Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Kyle and also produced the movie, which received a best picture nomination as well. “Sniper” is the first movie Cooper has produced, though he received “executive producer” credits on several of his previous films. In California, where shooting for American Sniper took place, infants must be at least 15 days old and have a work permit and a doctor’s note to start working. To all of you who have written, texted, or communicated support by simply seeing the movie and those who are offering opportunities to continue the work… I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Day rate can range from around $150 to nearer $800, depending on whether the baby is a background or principal actor, and infants under six months can’t work for longer than 20 minutes per day. Reactions to the film, the latest in a series about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan that have included Green Zone, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, have divided people, but always on predictable lines.

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House, denounced Moore’s comment. “Michael Moore should spend a few weeks with ISIS and Boko Haram,” he said. “Then he might appreciate @AmericanSniper. I am praying that God works through all of us and that you all are blessed in return for the tremendous blessings you are giving our military and police who take care of us every day. Bravo Clint Eastwood.” “For me, and for Clint, this movie was always a character study about what the plight is for a soldier,” he told the Daily Beast. “The guy that I got to know, through all the source material that I read and watched, and home videos – hours and hours – I never saw anything like that.

Reddit users have suggested that Cooper has a “crippling fear of babies”, alternatively that “Chris Kyle really liked dolls” or that “Eastwood got tired of yelling at the baby actor maybe.”

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