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.”