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Bradley Cooper Fights For More Accurate Portrayal of Veterans in Movies & TV

Bradley Cooper Fights For More Accurate Portrayal of Veterans in Movies & TV

Bradley Cooper makes a point while speaking at the launch of the 6 Certified program at National Geographic Society on Friday (January 30) in Washington, DC.

The 40-year-old actor, who is nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of late war veteran Chris Kyle in American Sniper, was on hand to support the Michelle Obama backed program, which seeks to encourage the entertainment industry as a whole to provide a more accurate portrayal of veterans in movies and on television.

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“As Hollywood continues to tell powerful stories about veterans and the military, we want to acknowledge those who work hard to get it right,” Got Your 6 executive producer Chris Marvin shared in a statement.

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  • 3168_66

    And while you are at it Brad why don’t you ask your bffs the Obamas to raise the pay for military families; provide better vocational training for vets when they leave the military; and, finally, ask if the VA has upped it’s standards for providing vets with the medical care they desperately need.

  • Missy

    My brother has been very sick and the CA hospital was excellent. My Dad, WWII had outstanding benefits. Two of my brothers from Vietnam had excellent care at VA. I just lost a brother and the Army paid for his funeral, taps, and gun salute. There are many good things about VA.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    As long as he’s a Democrat supporting Democrat causes he might as well be spitting into the wind with this pro-military talk.

  • Constance

    My uncle was a gunner on an Apache in Vietnam, he received excellent open heart surgery and has had no problems since. I also have a cousin retired from marines getting the treatment he needs too. I think VA issues are situational. Some places are managed well while others not so much. I think better oversight is the key.

  • Constance

    I always took Cooper for a more independent minded self thinker. Most intelligent people are. Of course, I’ve never met Cooper so what do I know? lol

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Yeah, I don’t know either. A few of my very favorite actors (Ralph Fiennes, for example) are exceptionally intelligent and well-educated but are still pitiful shills for the Left. They spew the same memes and talking points — ver batim — as you hear from “sofa Democrats”, i.e. those who watch Rachel Maddow and read Media Matters and think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have “the best news shows on TV”, etc. Fiennes actually said he thinks Michelle Obama is the greatest woman in America and belongs in the White House (as POTUS he meant). You can’t make this sh*t up.

    I’m really convinced that the Leftist mentality is more about social conditioning and brainwashing than intelligence. ANYONE can be afflicted.

  • Constance

    Cooper is too independent for any of that I think. But I do know that he appreciates the First Lady and the President for the nice people they are and that has nothing to do with politics. So, when you think of it that way, I can understand her supporting him and vice versa.
    Jon Stewart is more balanced than you think. Sometimes he shocks me. Colbert, not so much.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I have occasionally enjoyed both shows b/c they make me laugh, but my point was that they are COMEDY shows. They’re comedy news shows, and while they do get serious sometimes, they’re still on Comedy Central. Yet here we have intelligent, educated people who think these shows are legitimate news media. That’s all I meant — not really how biased/unbiased they are.

    As for everything else you said — fair enough! ;)

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I agree with this 100%. It’s like Catholic priests — I think 1% was the percentage given for those who were caught and convicted of sexual molestation over the course of many decades, but the media focuses on that 1% and so the public started equating priests with child abusers. Just like the VA is equated with poor care and mistreatment of veterans. Never mind that more mistreatment of patients takes place in your average city hospital than in the VA, or that studies show a child is a thousand times more likely to be sexually abused by a member of their own family than by a clergy member.

    It’s always a pity when citizens let the media do their thinking and forming their opinions for them.

  • Constance

    Yes…well, I kinda had an insider tell me a bit about VA back log back in 2011 before the shite hit the fan. They haven’t had the best management, how shall I say, “comprehensively”. But again, one hospital management prides itself on its performance while another does not…It’s out of balance.
    I wrote a short article on American Sniper. My ultra conservative family doesn’t understand anything outside of Fox News and disagreed with me EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SUPPORTING THE MOVIE…they’ve become so deceived by media, they can’t even read neutral, balanced reports or articles and understand them. Like the cognitive ability to discern is broken.

  • Constance

    Ok, I get it. And you are right, they are comedy shows. And true that some people make their politics by them (rather flawed perspective) but again, I take all news media with a grain of salt. CNN has inadvertently turned themselves into a comedy show. LOL Oh, who is there to trust these days????

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I trust the bloggers and smaller websites that are run by average folks who actually read history and look at current events through a rational, historical lens. One of my favorite sites is FrontpageMagazine.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I don’t watch news on TV at all.

  • Constance

    Want to know something?
    SO DO I. We must share the same brain. LOL I will look up FrontpageMagazine

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Conservatives can be knee-jerk and intractable just like Leftists. It’s very frustrating. I love the environment, conservation, eating organic, and composting. Most Conservatives I know don’t give a whit for any of this and stupidly joke that I sound like “a liberal hippie” when I talk about this subject. A liberal f*cking hippie. It’s pathetic.

    All you can do is be the person you want to be and live your life the way you know to be right, and to hell with what anyone else has to say about. If they want to learn from you and get on board — great. If not, they can f*ck off.

  • Constance

    It’s not only frustrating, but it’s trained people not to understand ACTUAL FACTS UNLESS certain liberal or conservative leaders have signed off on it and it has inflammatory language against the other side.
    EFFING ANNOYING. But you are right. It’s hard though where I’m from. People get very passionate but greatly misinformed.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Are you in the South?

  • Constance

    Yes. Sigh. People live in a chronic state of wrong perspective here.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Grew up there. Totally feel your pain. I love everything else about the South though.

  • Constance

    Yes, it’s a wonderful place, just when politics is mentioned it gets hairy. But it’s rather wonderful, otherwise. Romantic lol

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I love how it can be romantic, and beautiful, and mysterious, and dirty, and sweet, and gritty, and sometimes a bit scary — all of these things depending on what part you go to. And the landscape, flora, and fauna just can’t be beat. Mountains! Beaches! Valleys! Woodlands! Highlands and lowlands! Quaint little towns and dirt roads and everyone saying “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”. A region with many, many personalities.

  • Constance

    That’s the best part. If you drive through the back roads, you come up on small towns that haven’t aged in decades. One thing is you can find yourself at an old cemetery or abandoned church. OR a garden! Those are fun. There’s an old Huguenot colony in Northern South Carolina and every spring, a 1/4 of mile, there’s large vines of wisteria in bloom hanging on trees. It’s a wild garden and totally breathtaking you drive through. Very mystical and romantic and they actually speak to you. It really has an old French feeling to it. There’s other places in the mountains I love and visit and there’s beaches that you have to take a ferry to get to, and when you get there, you are surrounded by history and even wild horses.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    South Carolina is so beautiful!! I was just there at Thanksgiving, in Charleston. The weather was terrible but it gave me a chance to visit some really great coffee shops and restaurants. I’m going back in the summer when the weather is better so I can do more nature outings. I did get to go horseback riding at Middleton Farms on the one lovely, sunny day during the whole rainy week. Lovely ride. Thanks for the conversation!

  • Bethany

    I don’t quite understand why he even attempts to talk to the press about the military. He did a movie, he did not serve, he did not have his spouse gone for months at a time and have his own life changed because of what he did and saw. I am glad he is telling the story of Chris Kyle, who was an incredible American soldier. However, Bradley Cooper is making MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars off of this story, I don’t feel like he has any right at all to talk anything government and military unless he truly wants to help. I started following him when he attempted to address the mental illness subject of soldiers that lasted long enough for him to make it through award season and not a word since. I feel he is only speaking now because he is again nominated for an award, he should just stick to acting and talking about that since that is his career choice. My husband served in the USAF and did 2 stints in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan, Bradley doing a movie is nothing compared to a real soldier. He claims his life was changed by doing this movie, he should try actually serving in the military because, I’m not sure what has changed his life except he is lot more wealthy. And if he wants to preach about the soldiers try helping soldiers and their families by advocating for real changes. When we were in the service my husband was a full time soldier and we had two young children and another on the way and we qualified for WIC services. Most military families also fall on the more conservative side and from what I have seen of Bradley and his partner they are very liberal. His partners main civic cause is freeing nipples. Also, just to clarify, my husband and I are not a lot older than Bradley, we will both be 40 this year. I’m not trying to hate on Bradley but, this is a touchy subject for me and I don’t feel it should be taken lightly and him saying he now feels what soldiers go through and his life has changed is just ridiculous. Doing a movie and serving are worlds apart and the reality is Chris’s story is only the parts he wanted to talk about. There is a lot more I am sure was to disturbing to even talk about, even more disturbing then what he wrote.

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