Univ. of Maryland Postpones 'American Sniper' Screening
The University of Maryland has indefinitely postponed a screening of "American Sniper" after Muslim students protested, calling the film "racist."
“American Sniper only perpetuates the spread of Islamophobia and is offensive to many Muslims around the world for good reason,” a petition launched by the university’s Muslim Students Association reads. “This movie dehumanizes Muslim individuals, promotes the idea of senseless mass murder, and portrays negative and inaccurate stereotypes.”
The Academy Award-nominated film was scheduled to be screened May 6 and 7, but was postponed by the university's Student Entertainment Events organization.
“SEE is choosing to explore the proactive measures of working with others during the coming months to possibly create an event where students can engage in constructive and moderated dialogues about the controversial topics proposed in the film,” a statement from SEE posted on the university’s website reads.
The Muslim Students Association posted a Facebook message applauding the decision.
Breyer Hillegas, president of the university’s College Republicans, told Greta Van Susteren that he is upset that they postponed the screening and that he's working to get the decision reversed.
"This isn't a racist film. It's about a decorated American war hero who risked his life for you and me and all the viewers...We should honor them the way they need to be honored," Hillegas said.
Hillegas added that his organization has started a petition to fight back and force the university to reinstate the screening.
Last week Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York postponed a screening of the popular film after the Muslim Students Association called for its cancelation.
Watch the interview with Hillegas above.
Plus, an "Outnumbered" panel weighed in on the the film's postponement.
Andrea Tantaros said this is "the tyranny of the minority [...] a handful of students speaking out, saying, 'My feelings are hurt, I'm offended,' and now everybody's offended over everything."
She charged these college campuses with "cherry-picking where they want to use the First Amendment and where they don't."
Kennedy said that student organizations are all for freedom of expression except for when they want to squash other people's freedom of speech.
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