American Sniper, the gulf war drama starring Bradley Cooper, has continued to spark divisive debate within the media as the right has lauded Chris Kyle as a true American hero and the left accuses the filmmakers of glorifying a war that should have never happened.
Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone pointed out that a lot of other commentators, comparing Kyle’s book (where he remorselessly brags about killing “savages”) to the film have pointed out that “real-life Kyle was kind of a dick compared to movie-Kyle.”
The not-so-subtle implication being that Kyle was not as much a hero as someone who enjoyed the war and took competitive pride in racking up as many kills as possible.
Bill Mahr went as far to call Chris Kyle a “Psychopath Patriot” in the below clip.
According to Box Office Mojo, just eight days into its national theatrical release, the film has brought in over $150 million dollars.