The Controversy Over ‘American Sniper,’ Explained in 2 Minutes

The movie “American Sniper” is a box-office hit, displacing “The Passion of the Christ” as the top-grossing movie to debut in winter. It’s also stirring up controversy among the Hollywood elite.hollywood

Days after “American Sniper” was nominated for six Oscars, the Clint Eastwood film—based on the real-life story of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle—pulled in more than $100 million for its nationwide opening. Kyle is played by actor Bradley Cooper.

Outspoken filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen, known for his role in “The Interview,” sparked debate with these tweets:

 

 

 

 

Rogen’s tweet left some wondering if the Hollywood star was comparing “American Sniper” to Nazi propaganda. Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” features a German sniper celebrated for killing soldiers.

The debate drew the attention of Washington as well. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in with an attack on Moore:

 

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Moore responded with a lengthy Facebook post explaining why he spoke out:

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