January 28, 2015
By Lorra B.
Howard Dean has not been popular with the American public for his recent comments about the movie “American Sniper.”
The former Vermont governor talked with HBO’s Bill Maher last Friday and during the interview compared those who enjoyed “American Sniper” and the depiction of Chris Kyle to angry tea partiers.
The film centers on the life of the deceased Navy Seal, Kyle, who has been alleged to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history
“I make no apologies to the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who have been Twittering me with nasty language, but I do apologize to the veterans,” stated Dean. “We owe them a lot and I think this movie was much more nuanced than I thought.”
Dean’s comments did not go over well with many conservatives. Actor Gary Sinise, on Monday, posted a great rebuttal to Dean:
“I saw ‘American Sniper’ and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?”
Sinise wrote on his WhoSay page. “Do you also suggest that everyone at Warner Brothers is angry because they released the film? That Clint Eastwood, Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and the rest of the cast and crew are angry because they made the film? Chris Kyle’s story deserved to be told. It tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families. It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders. Defenders and families who need our support. I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?”
But Dean, instead of gracefully acknowledging that his statements may have gone a bit too far, stated “To the people who tweeted me over the weekend and used a lot of bad language, they are chicken hawks and I have no respect for them. I have a lot of respect for people who serve this country and I apologize.”
Dean…making friends in all the wrong places.