Sarah Palin blasts ‘sissies’ critical of ‘American Sniper’

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‘American Sniper’ and war as entertainment.

Sarah Palin slammed Hollywood as headquarters for America’s sissies after Michael Moore and Seth Rogen mocked the country’s adulation for Chris Kyle, the slain Navy SEAL portrayed in the new film “American Sniper.” “Hollywood leftists: While caressing shiny plastic trophies you exchange among one another while spitting on the graves of freedom fighters who allow you to do what you do, just realize the rest of America knows you’re not fit to shine Chris Kyle’s combat boots,” Palin wrote in a Facebook message late Monday. “American Sniper,” which blew the doors off movie box offices last weekend, is either an attempt to repackage the Iraq War and resell it to Americans, or, as director Michael Moore has characterized it, the portrait of a coward who picks off women and children from the distant safety of his sniper’s nest.Sarah Palin has some opinions about American Sniper and the “Hollywood leftists” who have criticized the film for what they consider to be glorifying sniping.NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” shattered the record for highest-grossing January opening weekend with $90.2 million in receipts — more than twice the gross of the previous record, held by last winter’s “Ride Along.” The debut ranks second for highest all-time opening for a rated R movie behind 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded,” which grossed $91.8 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Both “American Sniper,” coming off a near-record breaking $90.2 million opening for the three-day weekend, and “Selma,” which earned $26.4 million since opening wide three weeks earlier, are history-based films. Palin was among the conservatives defending the film from critics who said the new Clint Eastwood film, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle, glorified war. I am hustling to see as many Academy Award-nominated movies as I can before the ceremony on Feb. 22. “Into the Woods,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “Still Alice.” But “American Sniper” is not on the list, despite its six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper.

Both deal in myths. “Selma” triggered significant criticism for portraying President Lyndon Baines Johnson as a slow supporter of Martin Luther King’s campaign for black voter rights. “American Sniper” has fueled little hostility for altering the late Navy SEAL sniper ‘s memoir materially. Students were murdered during an anti-war protest at Kent State in the spring of my freshman year in college, and my boyfriend had a draft lottery number of something like 11. On Saturday, the film — in which Bradley Cooper stars as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who, with 255 kills, is the deadliest U.S. marksman in history — surpassed director Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which debuted in March, as the highest-grossing film nominated for Best Picture. In the film, adapted from Kyle’s bestselling 2013 memoir, shows him fighting a former Olympic marksman in a sharpshooters’ battle to the death, though the two never encountered each other in real life. Moore, the liberal documentary filmmaker, tweeted over the weekend that snipers are cowards, recounting his family history about an uncle who was killed by a sniper in World War II.

After the comments ignited controversy on social media, Rogen and Moore tried to backtrack and explain that they actually liked the movie, but conservatives weren’t hearing it. I didn’t have the nerve to see the reality of that war on the big screen, so I never saw “The Deer Hunter,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Coming Home” or “Born on the Fourth of July.” I was good for “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Catch 22” and “Casablanca” — movies about wars far in the past and removed from me. By that standard, “American Sniper” is on track to become the only one of the eight best-picture nominees to attain “hit status.” (Read: ‘American Sniper’: Oscar’s only bona fide hit?) This year’s crop of Best Picture nominees had the lowest total gross ahead of nominations since the number of nominees was widened to eight from five in 2009, with a combined $203.1 in receipts.

Kyle’s wife Taya Kyle shares her insights about her husband’s experiences in battle and on the home front, and about the film version of his life story, at St. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar (R) also took to Facebook praising the movie, highlighting the service of Sean Johnson, a former Marine who works in Gosar’s office as a veterans liaison. “I personally know what our snipers do. Even with “Sniper’s” earnings factored in, that number would have still been about $200 million short of 2011’s combined pre-nomination gross of $519 million.

If anyone knows cowards it might be him…pray for Michael Moore to one day understand that his liberty to attack snipers like Chris Kyle is only possible because of these brave patriots,” Johnson wrote. Faithful readers know my son graduated from a military academy and did three tours in Afghanistan, and I suppose you could say that’s why I can’t see this movie, just as I couldn’t see “Zero Dark Thirty,” or “The Hurt Locker” or “Black Hawk Down.” And you can’t go see “Unbroken” if your personal hell would be your son in a POW camp. Last week, VIce President Joe Biden saw the film at a D.C. premiere with Cooper and was reportedly moved to tears, telling reporters after the movie – “it’s intense.” Admission is $18 for members of the military, $36 for general admission, $100 for reserved seating and $360 for a VIP meeting with the special guests.

I could no more buy a tub of popcorn and watch the torture and the terror and the deaths of my son’s contemporaries than I could show up at their memorial services in a clown suit. A portion of the proceeds will help underwrite the synagogue’s Minnesota National Guard unit support initiative, benefiting the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter, and the 204th Area Support Medical Company. These movies are important because they illustrate for ordinary Americans who had no sons or daughters in Iraq and Afghanistan just what was going on there while they were getting the family together for Sunday dinners and trips to the beach.

What I mean is, I cannot kill a rainy Sunday afternoon sitting in a dark theater and watching a dramatized version of what happened to the sons of other mothers. As a matter of fact, I think you owe it to the young men and women who did multiple tours in these war zones — or who died there — to see what they endured.

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