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Filmmaker Michael Moore Calls Snipers 'Cowards,' Receives Huge Backlash After American Sniper's Success

Filmmaker Michael Moore Calls Snipers 'Cowards,' Receives Huge Backlash After American Sniper's Success

Michael Moore tweeted about his dislike of snipers after American Sniper‘s huge box office success and now is receiving some backlash for what he said.

The 60-year-old filmmaker took to Twitter to talk about his uncle who was the victim of a sniper attack.

“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse” Michael tweeted. “But if you’re on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who’ve come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”

When Michael realized there was a ton of backlash, he added some additional clarification.

Click inside to read all of Michael Moore’s tweets about snipers…

Michael then added on Facebook, “So here’s what I think about American Sniper: Awesome performance from Bradley Cooper. One of the best of the year. Great editing. Costumes, hair, makeup superb! Oh… and too bad Clint gets Vietnam and Iraq confused in his storytelling. And that he has his characters calling Iraqis “savages” throughout the film. But there is also anti-war sentiment expressed in the movie. And there’s a touching ending as the main character is remembered after being gunned down by a fellow American vet with PTSD who was given a gun at a gun range back home in Texas — and then used it to kill the man who called himself the ‘America Sniper’. Also, best movie trailer and TV ads of the year. Most of us were taught the story of Jesse James and that the scoundrel wasn’t James (who was a criminal who killed people) but rather the sniper who shot him in the back. I think most Americans don’t think snipers are heroes. Hopefully not on this weekend when we remember that man in Memphis, Tennessee, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet.”

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  • gradybridges

    fuck snipers. they suck in COD

  • smmy33

    I always thought that the real cowards were those who – from a position of safety – pass judgment on those in harms way.

  • smmy33

    This pathetic whale tweets courageously from his mansion full of Twinkie wrappers and empty lard buckets

  • smmy33

    Yeah. I definitely want to hear about what makes a hero from a guy that sweats fried chicken grease.

  • Sim

    Because when I need an authority on courage I immediately look to michael moore.

    “American Snacker” – the Michael Moore story.

  • Barb

    He needs to shut up. Has he even been in the Service at all?

  • Sim

    Well, golly gee, Michael Moore. I’d love to see you go through SEALS training just so you can show us what a real hero is made of.

    And like the true coward he is , the disingenuous loser backtracks …. all from the safe of his computer because he would never have them balls to walk up to American Navy Seal and call him a coword to his face.

  • Jana500

    There are many types of courage. I can’t say that Moore hasn’t shown courage in the past. But he is woefully ignorant about warfare and his statement is simply ridiculous and insulting.

    He sounds like the British who called the American revolutionaries cowards for being smart enough not to line up in front of the enemy so they could get mowed down by superior weapons.

  • kellyf

    Haven’t heard much from Michael Moore in a while… that was a happy time.

  • kellyf

    couldn’t have said it better.

  • Sim

    Tip to Michael. A hero isn’t just a sandwich.

  • Sim

    Remember the time he stormed the beaches of Arby’s? Spielberg should make a movie about his heroism.

  • RJ

    Good one!

  • RJ

    in Canada

  • RJ

    very succinct!

  • RJ

    Clint Eastwood, successful Actor to successful Director to Academy Awards. Michael Moore, obnoxious protagonist wins Rotten Tomato Award for latest not so factual documentary. A bit envious, perhaps?

  • Von

    Stormed the beaches or beached himself.

  • RJ

    and you do in 3D

  • RJ

    Courage? How… by filming slam American films from Canada so he does not have to adhere to our labor laws? Blathering is not courageous…

  • Von

    Exactly sour grapes. Clint Eastwood AT 84 is making movies that not only get nominated for Oscars but are 100 million dollar openers.

    Knew when American Sniper destroyed the box office all the left wing trolls in Hollywood would come out gunning for the movie and Chris

    Always just a con from liberals ” we support the troops just not the war” ah right.

    Funny enough , Clint said in 2005 that he would shoot fatso Moore if he ever came to his door with a camera , fatso never did, cause he’s COWARD.

  • Constance
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  • Constance

    Real men don’t need to drag the shirt tails of successful men. Get your own success, Mr. Moore. Maybe if being a d*ck wasn’t your attitude, then maybe people would listen to you.
    Invest in a treadmill, you’re more of an example of American entitlement than that of defender of peace. AND that’s even more offensive to Middle Eastern cultures. They admire warriors.

  • Von

    Snipers are highly trained, highly skilled people. The best shots in the world. You may not like it when the enemy posts one, but you’d be damn happy to have one save your hide.

    Chris Kyle was a Chief in the Navy Seals. Not just a sniper! He died helping his fellow soldiers deal with their problems. He’s probably saved more lives than Micheal Moore could ever dream of. Show some respect!

  • emmafabulous

    Michael you PILLOCK, why don’t you just eat another cake, fat boy.

  • Lisa


  • forest4trees

    Moore is 1200% correct … as usual!

  • Mercyneal

    The press better fact check Moore’s statement about his uncle. He made up a ton of things about Canada in “Bowling for Columbine.” He sure couldn’t make it was a Navy Seal as he is BEYOND obese. Why doesn’t he do a documentary about obesity in America?

  • krtmom

    What has he ever done to serve others? Typical Hollywood hypocrite who likes to judge and tell other people how to live.

  • krtmom

    He couldn’t do a push-up of he tried!

  • Living in a box

    Chris Kyle is real person but somehow it remind me of The Comedian from The Watchmen. Both are murderer, been label as American heroes and have a tragic death. All we need now is Dr.Manhattan.

  • CandyAppleRed13

    Michael Moore has won a Oscar, just sayin.

  • Jon M’Shulla

    Michael Moore is such an has been loser. And a fat, ugly talent less one at that.

  • FerCat

    In a way I understand his point, but that’s not what snipers are these days. They’re part of force protection now and why else does law enforcement have their own detachment of snipers.

    Munich Olympics massacre would have ended differently if they had police snipers.

  • locustfire77 .

    So, he’d rather shoot someone than answer some questions? Sounds pretty cowardly to me.

  • Wayne Breivogel

    All that money. All the fame. All that fat. All that mouth. F-U Michael Moore, you disgusting Fatbody, you know nothing of war. You know nothing of combat tactics, you ignorant F–K.

  • Sprite

    I’d encourage people to buy a sporting rifle for hunting, more gun safes, start off with something less technical, as a low compression air rifle or a paintball gun and practice on silhouettes in the back yard (with the air rifle).

  • Sprite

    Bow and arrows is a reasonably inexpensive pastime, do tell.

  • James Witt

    Michael Moore you are a total idiot that apparently thinks war is the same as school kids fighting on the playground. You’re description of a coward applies to the playground but shows how stupid and clueless you are about anything pertaining to the military. Being a stupid Hollywood lard ass rich bitch you should refrain from making comments on subject that you obviously grew up too much of a coward to know anything about!

  • Mister Z

    Funny cause that’s what you are doing! My service record trumps your hypocritical comment..

  • Susan Bellwood

    There’s a difference between a soldier at war and an idiot taking potshots at people from a rooftop.

  • Zoee
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  • Gerard Missu

    unless you’re an American
    and too proud of the brave brave troops

  • Gerard Missu

    “Taste of Your Own Medicine” -the 9/11 story

    “unprovoked attack” – the 9/11 fantasy

  • Gerard Missu

    I wish I was that brave
    brave enough to murder women and children from miles away

  • Gerard Missu

    daddy when i grow up can i be like Darren Wilson ?
    no you lack the will son

  • Gerard Missu

    eastwood is despised after telling the truth re Obama
    then eastwood is ignored re American sniper while the whole country sings the films praises

  • Gerard Missu

    moore told the truth re Bush
    eastwood told the truth re Obama
    they both won oscars