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Thu Feb 12, 2015, 09:47 AM

 

The Progressive: As Oscars Near, 'American Sniper' Draws Protest

http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/02/187994/oscars-near-american-sniper-draws-protest




This year’s Academy Award race for Best Picture is a classic Hollywood Left vs. Right contest, pitting a biopic about an American marksman against Selma, a film depicting Martin Luther King Jr.––an apostle of peace who was actually assassinated by an American sniper.

The pacifist organization CODEPINK took aim at American Sniper, protesting what’s being ballyhooed as the highest grossing U.S. war movie ever made, at a February 2 Directors Guild of America screening attended by director/producer Clint Eastwood and star/producer Bradley Cooper. Sniper, which has grossed more than $282 million in ticket sales, is an adaptation of Chris Kyle’s American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History about the “legendary” Navy SEAL who shot 160-plus Iraqis; CODEPINK denounced the film as militaristic propaganda.

“It’s important for people of conscience to be critical of the ways Hollywood perpetuates war and racism, quite frankly, through film. . . which influences and reflects society,” said Sophia Armen, L.A. campaigner for CODEPINK Women for Peace.

The antiwar group identified American Sniper as “ahistorical and a narrative really quite similar, actually, to the narrative we were all too familiar with during the Bush era. . . The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan really terrorized, more than stopped terror. The film completely absolves the U.S. of its many crimes in Iraq and perpetuates the American war mongering narrative. . . that’s really rooted in anti-Arab racism, which is quite apparent in the film,” stated Armen, a U.S.-born twenty-three-year-old of Armenian ancestry who participated in the demonstration on the Sunset Strip in front of the headquarters of the DGA, the trade association that represents movie and television directors.



Thank you Code Pink.

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Reply The Progressive: As Oscars Near, 'American Sniper' Draws Protest (Original post)
Scuba Feb 2015 OP
LWolf Feb 2015 #1
bigwillq Feb 2015 #2
yeoman6987 Feb 2015 #5
Bluenorthwest Feb 2015 #7
yeoman6987 Feb 2015 #9
bigwillq Feb 2015 #11
yeoman6987 Feb 2015 #14
bigwillq Feb 2015 #15
TDale313 Feb 2015 #26
marym625 Feb 2015 #3
Fred Sanders Feb 2015 #4
Bluenorthwest Feb 2015 #6
Kablooie Feb 2015 #17
closeupready Feb 2015 #8
Aldo Leopold Feb 2015 #10
randr Feb 2015 #12
2banon Feb 2015 #13
BlueJazz Feb 2015 #20
Skittles Feb 2015 #23
niyad Feb 2015 #16
FairWinds Feb 2015 #18
BrotherIvan Feb 2015 #31
liberalhistorian Feb 2015 #19
Moostache Feb 2015 #21
Scuba Feb 2015 #22
2banon Feb 2015 #25
Moostache Feb 2015 #29
swilton Feb 2015 #24
whatchamacallit Feb 2015 #27
lordsummerisle Feb 2015 #28
Cha Feb 2015 #30

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:03 AM

1. Thank you, Code Pink,

for this and for your record of standing up for good.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:04 AM

2. 'Sniper' was good but not worthy of any Oscars, imo (nt)

 

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:21 AM

5. I don't think it will win

 

The ballots we nt out way before the movie hit the screen in all the theaters. I believe either Boyhood or Birdman will win....most likely Boyhood.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:27 AM

7. I strongly second your opinion, those are the contenders and my money is on Boyhood

 

nt

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:32 AM

9. Thanks! Heart for you friend!

 

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:04 AM

11. I am rooting for Boyhood

 

Although I loved Birdman.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:57 AM

14. Heart for you too! Enjoy your day!

 

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:59 AM

15. Thank you!

 

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:31 PM

26. Both very good.

I'd be happy if either won. I try to see as many of the Oscar movies as I can. I skipped American Sniper.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:09 AM

3. K&R!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:11 AM

4. Arabs and Muslims are the new Holocaust in the making. Stop it now. War is not glory.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:26 AM

6. The protest is nice, but the Best Picture race is not about Sniper or Selma, it's between 'Boyhood'

 

and 'Birdman'. It will be one of those two films almost certainly.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:29 PM

17. I agree.

both Selma and Sniper were well done as movies and deserve nominations but neither brought anything new to the craft of filmmaking while both Boyhood and Birdman had something fresh and special.
Personally I prefer Boyhood because I was more emotionally moved when it was over but I was impressed with Birdman.

In the end the Oscars not about the political content but the art of filmmaking.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:32 AM

8. Thank you, Code Pink.

 

K&R

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 10:54 AM

10. I'm rather fond of Bradley Cooper, but won't be seeing this film.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:38 AM

12. If pornographic is the definition for sexual explicity

What is the word for immoral explicitness?
Graphic depictions of sexual acts are objectionable yet graphic images of wanton murder are entertainment?

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:41 AM

13. I for one have not and will not give a wooden nickle to see that propaganda film.

 

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Response to 2banon (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:43 PM

20. What 2banon said. I have Zero respect for that film, shooter and the entire story.

 

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Response to 2banon (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 09:02 PM

23. I am disgusted how many people fell for that garbage

including more than a few DUers

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:24 PM

16. k and r for codepink

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:40 PM

18. Some of you miss the point . .

 

"Sniper" is an evil work of propaganda - right up there with Leni Riefenstah's
"Triumph of the Will." Most importantly, Sniper re-writes and mangles history
from a far-right point of view. Just to give a single example, the Second
Battle of Falujah was a disgraceful war crime of epic proportions, not a place of US heroism.
It's very important that people speak out against it.
Thank you Code Pink.
Signed Veterans For Peace

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Response to FairWinds (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 04:46 AM

31. That is a very apt comparison that I had not considered

And yes, it is selling the US war machine just as much as Triumph of the Will. For a movie to be made with US military gear, it must be signed off on by the very highest levels of the military. Their films are not only justification for war but recruitment propaganda.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 12:41 PM

19. For the first time ever in my life, I am seriously

considering skipping the Oscars and it's not just because I live on a remote rural Indian reservation where I'm often culturally isolated and haven't been able to see any of the movies. I am utterly disgusted that that piece of shit movie glorifying war and our destructive racist role in it, and especially glorifying a hate-filled racist's gleeful killings, was given any attention at all, let alone being Oscar-nominated. I can't stand the thought of having to endure that kind of positive attention for it throughout the program. And yet if you say anything about it, you're "unpatriotic" and "anti-American". Bleh.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 01:34 PM

21. I have seen "American Sniper" and my reaction was different than I expected...

I was genuinely pissed off at the end of the movie, but not because of the cardboard cut-out depiction of Chris Kyle as a cross between Rambo and Nathan Hale.

I was pissed off because for me the movie was a 2 hour internal reflection on just how many lies and financial agendas it took to have our soldiers in Iraq in the first place, year after year after year; and just how many guys went to that "war" - it was really an illegal invasion of aggression and an unpunished exploitation of the American AND Iraqi people by Bush's cabal of war criminals - thinking they were doing their duty when they were really doing the dirty work of homicidal greed monsters.

I believe that somewhere slightly more nuanced than Eastwood's ham-handed direction allowed is the story of truly heroic American soldiers who signed up to legitimately "protect our freedoms", the problem is that our politicians - and Democrats, who refused to shut down American governance in response to Bush's lies and crimes the way Republicans essentially shut down EVERYTHING after Obamacare passed, are equally guilty - are craven money and power whores who would do anything, say anything, sell-out anyone and literally kill anyone just to keep a seat at the fringes of the table of power.

I saw American Sniper and it caused me to internally reflect on what my country has become since 9/11/01 and I really don't like what I saw. We have killed. We have stolen. We have plundered. We have exploited. We have tortured. We have shirked all responsibility for holding the leaders responsible accountable to the rule of law.

If the use of the terminology "savages" is what makes people upset in this piece, then its my opinion they are as lacking in introspection as the Commander-in-Chimp himself.

See this movie, but look past the superficial and the button-pushing jingoism. Look inside yourself, and how living in this country, and knowing what we know now, about that entire escapade into Iraq, how can NONE OF THEM - Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and more - how can NONE of them be held responsible for the carnage they wrought in the name of ideology?

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Response to Moostache (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 03:08 PM

22. "We have killed. We have stolen. We have plundered. We have exploited. We have tortured...."

 

We have killed. We have stolen. We have plundered. We have exploited. We have tortured. We have shirked all responsibility for holding the leaders responsible accountable to the rule of law.



Indeed.

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Response to Moostache (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:29 PM

25. Very well put, and completely agree with your sentiments.. but I gotta ask one thing...

 

didn't you know before viewing this film you would experience exactly what you in fact experienced?

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Response to 2banon (Reply #25)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 12:19 AM

29. Not really...I thought I would just flat out hate the film.

The reaction was more introspection than I expected and a lot more empathy for the soldiers and victims of that monstrous crime instead of just revulsion at the patent jingoism of Eastwood's direction and Kyle's story.

I actually felt bad for Kyle as a dupe as well. Maybe it was just Cooper's performance, but I was thinking he would come across more like the yahoos in that old Charlie Sheen movie "Navy SEALS" and it didn't play that way for me.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 09:49 PM

24. K&R

 

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:33 PM

27. If that abomination wins anything

I'll burn my academy membership.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 12, 2015, 11:53 PM

28. As I said in another thread

I had a completely different take on this, I saw it as an anti-war film. At the conclusion I thought what a terrible waste that all of these people died for nothing. Anyone thinking that we were in Iraq to avenge 9-11 was, at best, not at all paying attention. From Eastwood himself:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/clint-eastwood-american-sniper-anti-war_n_6547068.html

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 01:43 AM

30. They're dead on with this.

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