American Sniper

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The issue of showing American Sniper on college campuses poses much controversy. However, whether or not the controversy is well deserved or not is the bigger question. Although many questions arise as to whether or not this film is appropriate to be shown or not. For these reasons, the answer is neither easy nor clear. Deep analysis must be shown when deciding whether or not to show this film, and the decision must be stern and with good reason to mitigate as much controversy as possible when presenting the film to the Brigade and members of the general public. After reviewing all possibilities, it is then possible to make that decision. However, we must also keep in mind that this has in fact tried to be played at other college campuses…show more content…
However, upon doing so, the film has brought up a lot of controversy on how the people in this film are depicted, along with the way people talk of them. While watching the movie, there was a scene just after Kyle had returned from a deployment and was arguing with his wife. He proceeds to tell his wife that she does not know how it is in Iraq, and that the Iraqi people are savages. The term savage is controversial in its own sense because what determines whether or not a particular culture is “savage.” That term can be used to argue that Kyle is in fact a racist and that this film is doing an injustice to the people of that culture. However, I disagree. If the film was produced to create an insight on the life of Chris Kyle as he went to war and returned numerous times, than I think that the term should be included in the movie. However, it should not be assumed that I condone the use of the word “savage” to describe a culture. In his time there, Kyle had probably seen things that a person should never see in his life. He was, as he is quoted saying, “protecting our soldiers.” Since he was protecting the soldiers, he was having to be around great terror and evil. The term “savage” used in the movie is simply a way to describe the terrorists that he had to encounter day in and day out during his time in Iraq. This does not necessarily mean that he believes the whole culture is…show more content…
As I put myself into the mindset of some of the people who are upset that the film is being shown, it is easy to picture why some of them are angry. The film does present some pretty rough and hard to swallow scenes. On the basis of just war in general, there are many vulgar and scenes that are not easy to look at. Looking back, the scene where Kyle’s best friend get shot by that sniper is hard to look at. A person who does not support war in any way might look at this and think how awful that is. This must be taken into account when deciding whether or not to show the film. If it is not, many people could be watching a movie in which they are not comfortable watching. However, this also brings up the point of if they are uncomfortable watching these scenes, then they should just not watch them. This seems to be a valid point, but we must remember that even if that person does not watch the film, we are still showing that to other people who they might not want to see the movie. Looking at this objectively, it does make sense as to why people would not want the film to be shown based on the fact that this movie is vulgar and graphic. After viewing this point, we must observe the argument that the Iraqi people are portrayed in a disrespectful manner. Some people feel so strongly about this that they must boycott this film in order to show that it is not acceptable to portray people in a false manner. This has been the major concern for the University of Maryland students who
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