The Bradley Cooper-helmed flick tells the true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his trials and tribulations both at war and on the home front. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film provides an unflinching account of what it takes to live the life Kyle did, and its dramatic toll on himself and his family. He is billed as a hero — but not everyone agrees with that depiction.
Seth Rogen sent Twitter into an absolute fury after tweeting his thoughts on the movie — basically, he compared it to a Nazi propaganda film.
American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015
And cue the Twitter meltdown in 3… 2… 1…
@Sethrogen This from a guy whose films include Kung Fu Panda 3….Be silent and let the literate talk.
— SeanO'malley (@mostxcellent8) January 19, 2015
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore also had a few words about the movie, which he kinda claimed to like but then tweeted some passive-aggressive messages about how snipers are actually cowards — and it’s his final sentences in this Facebook post that really drive his point home.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
“I think most Americans don’t think snipers are heroes,” he wrote. “Hopefully not on this weekend when we remember that man in Memphis, Tennessee, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet.”
Unfortunately, Moore’s point about Martin Luther King Jr. was lost on more than a few Twitter users.
Stay classy, Twitter!