North Gazette News/New York
Seth Rogen and Michael Moore on Tuesday issued clarification on American Sniper tweets that has sparked controversy on Twitter with several Hollywood celebrities criticing the tweets.
The Interview fame actor Seth Rogen likened the American Sniper film to Nazi propaganda which based on the life of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle who was killed in an attack. Seth Rogen has twitted ‘American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds’.
After the backlash over his tweet, Seth Rogen tweeted, ‘I just said something “kinda reminded” me of something else. I actually liked American Sniper. It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene’.
Seth Rogen later tweeted from his Twitter handle, ‘But if you were having a slow news day, you’re welcome for me giving you the opportunity to blow something completely out of proportion’. ‘I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though’.
One of Seth Rogen’s follower slammed him for the comment and said, ‘@Sethrogen these guys put their lives on the line to defend your freedom of speech to be in a movie like the interview and u slander them’.
US actor Dean Cain who played the role of Superman in TV’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and also a good friend of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle criticised Seth Rogen for insensitive comment.
Dean Cain tweeted ‘@Sethrogen Seth…I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass. Chris is an American Hero. Period. Go to war. Then we’ll talk’.
While Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore in a tweet had said, ‘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’.
Clarifying his tweet, Moore said ‘Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only cowards would do that 2 him, others’.
He also clarified his comments on Facebook page and his post reads as ‘Lots of talk about snipers this weekend (the holiday weekend of a great man, killed by a sniper), so I thought I’d weigh in with what I was raised to believe about snipers. My dad was in the First Marine Division in the South Pacific in World War II. H
is brother, my uncle, Lawrence Moore, was an Army paratrooper and was killed by a Japanese sniper 70 years ago next month. My dad always said, “Snipers are cowards. They don’t believe in a fair fight. Like someone coming up from behind you and coldcocking you. Just isn’t right.
It’s cowardly to shoot a person in the back. Only a coward will shoot someone who can’t shoot back. But Deadline Hollwood and the Hollywood Reporter turned that into stories about how I don’t like Clint Eastwood’s new film, “American Sniper.” I didn’t say a word about “American Sniper” in my tweets’.
American actor Rob Lowe criticised Moore’s statement and tweeted ‘Michael Moore Blasts #AmericanSniper Hero: Gunmen Are “Cowards” He’s kidding, right?’