Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared February 2, 2015 “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas.
He got a lot of thumbs up for honoring a true American hero and a lot of thumbs down for honoring “a murderer & a terrorist & a coward.”
My fave tweet:
It’s a brilliant and honest story that demonstrates the truth of the following:
How do you get conservatives angry? You lie to them.
How do you get liberals angry? You tell them the truth.
Last Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama PRAISED American Sniper:
“[It] reflects those wrenching stories that I’ve heard — the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure, the complicated moral decisions they are tasked with every day, the stresses of balancing love of family with a love of country, and the challenges of transitioning back home to their next mission in life. … The vast majority of Americans will have never seen these stories or grasp these issues without portrayals like this.”
American Sniper opened at Baghdad’s Mansour Mall theater earlier this month.
It was pulled after a week, but before that, one Iraqi man named Gaith Mohammed said that it played to full and enthusiastic crowds. “Some people watching were just concentrating, but others were screaming ‘Fuck, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!’”
THIRD week-end box office record!
American Sniper set a new Super Bowl week-end record and has the highest box office tally for a war movie. It has been nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and best actor.