Bill Maher has never been one to mince words, and he didn’t start last night while discussing “American Sniper.” On Real Time With Bill Maher Friday evening, the comedian and talk show host had some pretty harsh words for America’s new movie obsession about Chris Kyle who was, you guessed it, an American sniper. But Kyle wasn’t just any sniper — he was the deadliest in United States history.
“American Sniper” has made an astonishing $105 million so far at the box office. But not everyone is unanimous about their feelings about Kyle being a hero in the movie.
Many “American Sniper” fans have been very vocal on Twitter showing their *ahem* “support” for the film. Maher’s words weren’t taken especially well by everyone on his panel either .
Criticizing what he felt was a lack of depth to the film, Maher said:
‘Hurt Locker’ made 17 million because it was a little ambiguous and thoughtful. [‘American Sniper’] is just ‘American hero! He’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.’
Maher then slammed Kyle’s autobiography in which Kyle, who claims to be a devout Christian, refers to Iraqis as “damn savages” and admits that he hates them.
Right on point, Maher highlighted Kyle’s hypocrisy, saying:
If you’re a Christian, ‘I hate the damn savages’ doesn’t seem like a Christian thing to say.
Panelist Bret Stephens, who is an American journalist and foreign-affairs columnist for The Wall Street Journal, retorted passionately, basically in awe that Maher felt so negatively about the movie, stating emphatically:
I can’t believe you came away with that impression of the film.What I saw was a movie that treats what veterans and soldiers go through in a way that was subtle. It was not just about war. It’s about PTSD. It was about what the wives of soldiers go through. And, by the way, the savages he’s talking about aren’t ordinary Iraqis. The savages are al-Qaeda killers, who put drills into children to enforce order.
To which Maher shot back:
Okay, you know what, when he was sitting up there and looking 200 yards away, he didn’t know that’s who he was shooting. In the first scene [of ‘American Sniper’] he was about to shoot a kid.
Kyle might be a hero to many, but he’s been caught in some pretty big lies as reported here at If You Only News.
Kyle told a story in 2009 that is just awesome. After two carjackers confronted him at a gas station in Texas he “reached in for his keys,” grabbed a pistol and shot the men dead. He leaned on his truck and waited for police. He gave the cops a number to call, and to their astonishment the Pentagon was on the line, telling them that they were in the presence of an American hero. They sent him on his way.
Kyle confirmed the story to Dallas reporter Michael Mooney, and an excerpt of it made it into fellow SEAL Marcus Lutrell’s second book, Service: A Navy SEAL at work. Again it never happened. There was no carjacking, there were no cops, there was no call to the pentagon and nobody can find any dead bodies. Kyle made the whole thing up.
Watch the video from Real Time With Bill Maher about the “American Sniper” controversy below.