Why do we still get so worked up over comments from Michael Moore? Condemnation is raining down upon the propagandist for a tweet over the weekend calling military snipers "cowards" and "not heroes". While he insists that the tweet had nothing to do with the film American Sniper setting weekend box office records, it did hit the web right after it was announced that American Sniper had set weekend box office records.
Moore re-took to social media yesterday to "explain" his tweet--saying that his uncle was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific during World War II and that his father had always said that snipers shoot people in the back and don't fight fair. It almost makes you feel some empathy for him. But in his typical style, Moore added that "invaders are worse" and that people who "shoot invaders from the roof of their house are good neighbors". Moore then goes even deeper into Snarkville by commending American Sniper for its "great editing, costumes, hair and makeup".
We all know Michael Moore hates George W Bush, and George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower and probably Abraham Lincoln. And anything those men did or supported was in his opinion among the most evil things ever done by human beings in the history of the world. He has established his base. We know where he stands. So let him rage all he wants from his post on the far left--we will just turn a deaf ear to it.
Of course, Moore is not alone in wading into the Sniper controversy. Pot-head actor Seth Rogen started his own Twitter beef this week by comparing the movie to a Nazi propaganda film used in the movie Inglorius Basterds. Rogen obviously forgetting Godwin's Law, that anyone who compares something to Nazism automatically loses a debate. Again, we all know Seth Rogen hates Republicans and anything they do and say, so when he takes to public domain to remind us of that--it should be greet with a yawn and a "Whatever, Dude".
American Sniper is not a propaganda film trying to justify the US invasion of Iraq. It is a dramatized story of one man who happened to take part in that fighting in a role that took its toll on him both physically and psychologically. And unlike "America is always wrong", it's a statement that is actually rather refreshing and worth a listen.