American Sniper, a film based on the life of sharpshooter Chris Kyle, celebrates and glorifies war and racism. In the movie Iraqi people are repeatedly referred to as “savages” and the climax of the movie focuses on Kyle’s killing of a child. Chris Kyle himself in an interview stated “the enemy are savages and despicably evil,” and his “only regret is that I didn’t kill more.”, along with finding his record killings “fun.” We stand together to say enough is enough, Hollywood cannot be glorifying Kyle as a “hero” and whitewashing the horrific history of the Iraq war.
Never mentioned in the film are the truths of the War on Terror: the Bush Administration’s use of 9/11 to go to war against domestic and international law, Saddam Hussein, Al-Malaki, oil corporations, veteran’s experience with PTSD and abandonment once home, domestic surveillance of Muslim and Arab Americans, Abu Ghraib or other US detention camps. These absences absolve the United States of its many war crimes in Iraq and perpetuate the American war-mongering narrative we are all too familiar in the still-ongoing “War on Terror” era.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has reported a drastic increase in hate speech and anti-Arab/anti-Muslim threats since the film’s release. These expression of hate do not represent our communities!
Join us outside a private screening of American Sniper featuring director Clint Eastwood and lead actor Bradley Cooper to say “There is Nothing Heroic About American Sniper.” Stop war-mongering, and stand with our troops and the Iraqi people. Stop the hate!
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