A firestorm of controversy went down at the University of Michigan today, where a screening of American Sniper was canceled after a student group protested the movie. Via The College Fix:
A scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” at the University of Michigan was abruptly cancelled Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film perpetuates “negative and misleading stereotypes” against Muslims.
“The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim … rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” according to an online letter circulated among the campus community via Google Docs that garnered the signatures.
The signers were mostly students, but also some staff, as well as the Muslim Students’ Association and the president of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, a Palestinian solidarity group at UMich.
You can read the whole letter here. The screening was ultimately canceled and the university showed Paddington — a PG movie about a stuffed bear — instead.
That’s not where the story ends. As if calling Chris Kyle a “mass killer” wasn’t a big enough kick to the beehive, caving to the student group and canceling the movie ticked quite a few people off.
Fortunately, football coach Jim Harbaugh rose to the occasion:
Michigan Football will watch “American Sniper”! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 9, 2015
And a moments later, the University admitted it was wrong to cancel the screening,
“Shown as scheduled.” U-S-A. U-S-A. U-S-A.
Good work, Jim.