Tuesday, June 27, 2017

American Sniper

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Students at University of Michigan got a campus screening of “American Sniper”–the critically-acclaimed movie about an American war hero–booted. Shown instead?

“Paddington,” a PG-rated movie based on the kid’s book about a teddy bear.

You can’t make this stuff up.

The Muslim, Middle Eastern, and North African student association (MENA) at University of Michigan filed a protest that attacked both “American Sniper” and Chris Kyle, the late sniper whose life the film is based on.

“Although we respect the right to freedom of speech, we believe that with this right comes responsibility: responsibility of action, intention, and outcome,” the petition letter from MENA to University of Michigan officials stated. “The movie ‘American Sniper’ not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim and anti-MENA rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer.”

Only in the minds of self-involved liberal college students is a war hero a “mass killer.” And only in their minds is it preferable see mindless dreck about a stuffed teddy bear than a thought-provoking movie about war and sacrifice.

University of Michigan, of course, bent over backwards to apologize for the alleged “insult.”

“We… did not intend to exclude any students or communities on campus through showing this film,” the university wrote. “Nevertheless, as we know, intent and impact can be very different things.”

Hopefully, University of Michigan’s student body of professional victims don’t find fault with the treatment of stuffed animals in “Paddington.”

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American Sniper Widow

Proving once again that Middle American patriotism should not be underestimated, the Clint Eastwood film ‘American Sniper’ opened in wide release over the Martin Luther King weekend to filmgoers who plunked down a record-breaking $105 million in domestic box office to see a film that cost producers just $60 million to make.

The life story of a former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle pulled best in theaters located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, New York and California according to weekend data provided by Rentrak Corporation, a global media measurement and research company serving the entertainment industry.

“This is staggering. Its blockbuster numbers in January, the sort of numbers usually reserved for summer films and superhero movies,” said Rentrak senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian in USA Today.

Dergarabedian added, “this was maybe the most underestimated film of all time, considering that it did about twice what estimates predicted.”

“It shows the depth of the movie. It is playing in both red states and blue states,” Warner’s domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman told Hollywood Reporter analyst Brian Porreca.
Fellman continued:

“It’s the biggest opening of all time for a war film, but people don’t view it as a war film. It is about a true hero, and family and patriotism. It doesn’t matter that the movie is R-rated, which is sometimes a problem in smaller towns. This is the first real superhero movie.”

There was some disagreement among the Hollywood Left, which has led to Chris Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, cancelling appearances.

An event organizer that was hosting the widow told the Star Tribune, “Her reps just called me and apparently due to some comments made by Michael Moore, they are cutting off her press.”

Moore’s comments as well as the legal battle between Chris Kyle’s estate and Jesse Ventura have put a chill on candid conversations with Kyle’s widow.

Ventura sued Kyle’s estate in 2014 for defamation and won a $1.8 million verdict. The lawsuit money awarded to Ventura will go against Kyle’s widow and the two children the Navy Seal left behind after his death in 2013.

While Taya Kyle will continue some interviews, questions regarding Moore’s comments, Ventura and the ongoing murder trial of her husband’s killer are now off of the table.


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