The Politics Of Sniper Criticism
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.
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.
"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 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