The Politics Of Sniper Criticism 

February 1st, 2015 | T. Carter 

American Sniper burst into the box office like an anti-terror war machine. Republican sympathizer, Clint Eastwood, directed the film based on a book written by a now deceased American sniper named Chris Kyle. American liberals, who are a different breed than the military service men and women who have put their lives on the line, have lamented the film for its depiction of a professional sniper with a 160 kill count. What they ignore is the important story American Sniper tells about the detrimental affects of the Iraq war on the mental health of servicemen like Chris Kyle. 

After its first successful weekend, liberal Hollywood went on the offensive. Every weapon in the liberal arsenal came out after the film broke box office records. How dare Hollywood take such a turn and depict the American military and the Iraq war in such a different light? How dare the film wander so far from the traditional anti-American Hollywood narratives? How dare Clint Eastwood direct a successful war movie that doesn't negatively criticize the Iraq war in a way that isn't obvious enough for ordinary Americans to understand? 

What infuriated the liberal left the most was the film's record breaking success. Americans swarmed into theaters to reaffirm their support for a Republican actor-turned-director and his take on America's war on terror. Liberals couldn't possibly tolerate such blasphemy. 

Hollywood critics struck with reviews that tried to downplay the film's brilliant and subtle storytelling. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi struck with a headline calling American Sniper "too dumb to criticize", comparing the film to Forrest Gump, which he thinks wasn't very deserving of any Oscar nominations. 


"The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you'll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says 'Whatever!' whenever his country asks him to do something crazy." – Matt Taibi, "American Sniper Is Almost Too Dumb To Criticize", Rolling Stone


Taibi doesn't stop at comparing Chris Kyle to Forrest Gump. 


"The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question."  – Matt Taibi


After inserting one predictable Bush/Republican insult, Taibi goes on to admit that the film's success really pissed him off the most. 


"It's the fact that the movie is popular, and actually makes sense to so many people, that's the problem."  – Matt Taibi


Despite being completely incapable of putting his political biases aside to judge a movie, Taibi makes a complete fool of himself by making his political beliefs glaringly obvious throughout the entire review. Please feel free to read Matt Taibi's entire political rant here. Taibi is among a handful of other liberal "journalists" incapable of putting their political biases aside to do their jobs honestly.

Well... after the negative reviews failed to blunt American Sniper's box office appeal, liberal Hollywood tried a new strategy: making fun of an obviously fake baby. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter's Mia Gallupo, what's more "glaringly obvious" than the liberally slanted reviews of her biased peers is the movie's "glaringly obvious" fake baby. Although only two critics mentioned the baby and a few people tweeted pictures of it, Gallupo wrote a headline implying that the fake baby went viral on the internet and was noticed by everyone. 


"The two pass the partially mechanized baby back and forth as they talk about Cooper leaving for another tour. The actors do their best to compensate for their prop kid, but people have taken notice (in at least one media screening, the audience laughed out loud at how obviously fake the prop is)." – Mia Gallupo, "American Sniper's Fake Baby Mocked By Critics, Moviegoers", Hollywood Reporter


Some reacted as though Eastwood's film was the first in history to use a mechanized prop or baby. Against the wishes of the Hollywood left, this manufactured fiasco also failed to demobilize patriotic moviegoers who wanted to see Bradley Cooper in one of his best performances since Silver Linings Playbook.

If all of this wasn't enough, an MSNBC reporter tried even harder to discredit the film by taking below-the-belt shots at the late Chris Kyle. The network's foreign affairs reporter, Ayman Mohyeldin, accused Chris Kyle of being a racist and going on a killing spree. 

"Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies toward Iraqis and muslims when he was going on these, you know, killing sprees, in Iraq on assignment..... A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist in his personal attitudes about what he was doing overseas when he was on assignment." – Ayman Mohyeldin

Clint Eastwood, being no stranger to the smear tactics of Hollywood liberals, finally responded by telling his critics that the film is, in fact, a criticism of war. It's not as though the obvious mental distress exhibited by Cooper in the film was saying, "war is awesome". The film shows both sides of the Iraq war, although many critics would disagree and point at the film's portrayal of Iraqis as "savages" for further proof. Liberals in Hollywood would have preferred a more politically correct approach to the actual nicknames used for Iraqis by US armed forces during the Iraq war. Is it fair to call Iraqis savages? No, but that's what some US soldiers called them, and Clint Eastwood didn't let political correctness stop him from telling the truth. 

After much of the liberal controversy surfaced, something unexpected also began to happen –something that would make liberals even more angry. To their further dismay, not everyone in Hollywood and media were taking a unanimous stand against American Sniper just because angry liberals were telling them to.

Even after liberal intellectual, Noam Chomsky, called the film propaganda, big names in Hollywood and entertainment still weren't buying it. 

Country musician, Blake Shelton, tweeted, "Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk shit."

Kevin Costner told Laura Ingram, "I did take exception to what Michael Moore said...I think he ought to be smart enough to take it back, brave enough to take it back."

Jane Fonda tweeted, "Just saw American Sniper. Powerful....Bradley Cooper sensational. Bravo Clint Eastwood."

Rob Lowe tweeted, "So happy #AmericanSniper is crushing."

James Woods tweeted, "American Sniper is a masterpiece by a master filmmaker, with galvanizing central performances." Woods also tweeted, "Michael Moore's criticism of a Clint Eastwood film about sacrifice and valor is a marketing department's wet dream."

After irrelevant Democrat, Howard Dean, called people who see American Sniper "angry", Gary Sinise tweeted, "To Howard Dean, I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person." Sinise wrote a more lengthy response which can be read here

The New York Post also took the time to acknowledge the many non-celebrity fans who defended the film on social media. 

A steakhouse restaurant in Michigan went as far as banning both Michael Moore and Seth Rogan for their negative criticisms of the movie and American war heroes. The restaurant's owner told the Huffington Post that Chris Kyle represents the "goodness of America and the people who defend it." He also put a glaring, luminescent sign outside of his restaurant that reads, "Michael Moore and Seth Rogan are NOT allowed in my place."

American Sniper seems to have stoked a fire in Hollywood and drawn a thick, red line between the glamorous town's left and right. Hollywood's divisions have been brought forward in ways that haven't been seen yet. Battle lines have been drawn for the first time and people's true colors have started to come out. The quiet Hollywood conservatives have decided, at long last, to open their mouths. An epic character analysis by Clint Eastwood could finally be the beginning of the end for liberal Hollywood. American Sniper could have laid the first stone in a path for more conservative blockbusters. This could be the beginning of a long overdue liberal purge.