Piers Morgan defended real-life American Sniper hero, Chris Kyle, in an op-ed piece for Mail Online. The former CNN host was reacting to comments made by people like filmmaker Michael Moore, who called Kyle a “coward.” For those that don’t know, Kyle was a sniper in the American military. Some think that the guy was absolutely fearless, while others aren’t too fond of his actions. His job, as Morgan points out, is to kill people — and to do so from a distance.
“Kyle was an abrasive, uncompromising character. His book, on which the movie is based, is not for the faint-hearted and makes no attempt to pacify those who worship at the altar of political correctness. He described killing as ‘fun’, admitted ‘I wish I’d killed more’, and said of Iraqis: ‘I hate the damn savages.’ None of which is very nice, but since when did we demand ‘nice’ from our snipers?”
Piers Morgan is getting loads of attention for his comments about Chris Kyle. While a lot of people agree that Kyle was a brave soldier who did his country proud, others have taken a different approach, one that contradicts Morgan’s thoughts on the matter. However, “killing” the enemy one way or another doesn’t make one soldier any less of a person than the next. The men and women of a given military have been trained to kill, and, while that might not be an acceptable job for some people out there, it’s a role that many feel needs to be filled.
“Many soldiers, American and otherwise, are exactly the same. They enjoy what they do, and what they do is kill people. Why should we expect any less from people who we specifically train to kill, and to remove emotion from their work?”
And Piers Morgan isn’t the only celebrity to talk about Chris Kyle by way of the film (Bradley Cooper plays Kyle). According to Fox News, several celebrities have tweeted their thoughts on the topic, which is becoming quite controversial online this week.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 19, 2015
God bless our troops, especially our snipers. Hollywood leftists: while caressing shiny plastic trophies you… http://t.co/pUbMQs3CaY
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 19, 2015
@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.
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) January 19, 2015
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Bradley Cooper spoke out about his role in the film, and the criticism surrounding both the film, and the late Chris Kyle. Read about what he had to say here.
[Photo courtesy of Reuters via the Daily Telegraph]