A lot of my friends are wondering if I plan to see American Sniper, the upcoming film about Chris Kyle, who is reported to have the highest kill count during the Iraq Conflict.
I love Clint Eastwood’s films, especially Gran Torino, but for this one I’m staying home. I have no intention of seeing a film that portrays what he did in a sympathetic light.
Among his first kills was a woman, according to his autobiography, which he makes clear he had no remorse over. In the trailer we’re clearly meant to sympathize with his imminent decision to kill her.
Even when I was a mainstream conservative, such a trailer would have disturbed me.
I’ve never understood how some people think it’s okay to shoot a woman if a person is part of a military force invading her country, but then say “there’s no reason to hit a woman” when discussing domestic violence against women in their own country. (Think Ray Rice and Chris Brown).
Would we ever accept this kind of logic from any other country?
Oh, and by the way, my critic tells me that I should move to another country “post haste.” Hey, here’s a thought: If I moved to another country and joined its military and became a sniper would I be a hero or a mass-murdering psycho if I shot at American troops?