Outrageous Film Critic: Chris Kyle Was 'Hate-Filled Killer,' Movie Is for 'Simplistic Patriots'
Some on the anti-war left are lashing out at Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," which received Oscar nominations today for Best Picture and Best Actor.
Writing for The Guardian, Lindy West calls Kyle a "hate-filled killer" and argues that the movie - which has been mostly well received - is geared toward "simplistic patriots" who claim he's a hero.
"Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has hit a raw nerve in America, with right wingers calling for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise his actions," she wrote.
Michael Atkinson writes at In These Times that Eastwood's film "perfectly epitomizes a certain kind of American horses**t."
I haven't seen American Sniper, but correct me if I'm wrong: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) December 25, 2014
Responding to some of the anti-war criticism, Bradley Cooper said the movie was not intended to be a tool for discussing the success or failure of the Iraq War.
"I can’t control how people are gonna use this movie as a tool, or what they pick and choose whatever they want. But it would be short-changing, I think. If it’s not this movie, I hope to god another movie will come out where it will shed light on the fact of what servicemen and women have to go through, and that we need to pay attention to our vets. It doesn’t go any farther than that. It’s not a political discussion about war, even…It’s a discussion about the reality. And the reality is that people are coming home, and we have to take care of them,” said Cooper.
Martha MacCallum, who sat down for a powerful interview with Kyle's widow this week, discussed the criticism today with radio hosts Leslie Marshall and Lars Larson.
Marshall said she sides with Cooper, arguing the movie is about what war does to a soldier, not about the merits of the war.
Larson, who interviewed Kyle a few months before he was murdered, said the left "hates war" and is using the movie to "attack America's strong position in the world."
In an interview on "Hannity" earlier this week, Kyle's father said that his son always wanted to know how many lives he saved, not how many lives he took.