(Jamuary 16, 2015) The Real American Sniper Was A Hate-filled Killer
Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?
Clint Eastwoods film about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has hit a raw nerve in America, with right wingers calling for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise his actions
I have to confess: I was suckered by the trailer for American Sniper. Its a masterpiece of short-form tension a confluence of sound and image so viscerally evocative it feels almost domineering. You cannot resist. You will be stressed out. You will feel. Or, as I believe I put it in a blog about the trailer, Clint Eastwoods American Sniper trailer will ruin your pants.
But however effective it is as a piece of cinema, even a cursory look into the films backstory and particularly the public reaction to its release raises disturbing questions about which stories we choose to codify into truth, and whose, and why, and the messy social costs of transmogrifying real life into entertainment.