American Sniper may have been a broken box-office records over the weekend, but there is one man who is not impressed with the new film.
On Sunday, filmmaker Michael Moore condemned snipers in a series of Tweets.
“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2,” Moore wrote. “We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.”
He continued: “But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”
Although he did not directly name American Sniper or Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL upon whom the film is based, it is clear that Moore was referring to the project, which earned six Oscar nominations last week, including those for Best Picture and Best Actor, Bradley Cooper, who plays Kyle.
The backlash to Moore’s tweets was almost immediate, with conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity chiming in to brand Moore an “idiot.”
“Hey Michael, when snipers like Chris Kyle are saving AMERICAN lives, that would be a good thing,” Hannity wrote. “Even an idiot like U can get that.”
Moore has long been an open critic of the Iraq War, and it was a major subject of his 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11, which analyzed the War on Terror, corporate America, and then-president George W. Bush.
One award season project that Moore is clearly a fan of is Selma, the film based on Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama.
“Try to see SELMA this weekend,” Moore wrote last week. “Simply because it is a piece of brilliant filmmaking, the likes of which are so rare.”