The View host came out swinging against the Hollywood stars, who took to Twitter to publicly criticize the film, which depicts the experiences of Chris Kyle, the U.S. military’s most lethal sniper during four tours in Iraq. The movie broke all kinds of records at the box office this past weekend, making it the highest grossing January film of all time.
Rogen gained notoriety last year as part of the cast of the now infamous comedy The Interview — which also stars James Franco. The film was at the center of the controversy that came about after Sony Studios was hacked by North Korea and painted Hollywood in a less than flattering light, when they caved to threats and pulled the movie’s December release. It is estimated that Sony will lose $30 million with the failed film, which was subsequently released online and in select theaters.
Moore is known for being a liberal activist and is mostly remembered for his conspiratorial film Fahrenheit 9/11, in which he takes issue with the Bush administration and the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. The filmmaker is known for making insensitive comments and expressing contentious opinions.
Whoopie Goldberg, who has been at the center of controversy herself, seems to be incensed with Rogen and Moore’s stance on American Sniper. Goldberg, who returned to the ABC daytime talk show after a two-week break because of a back injury, didn’t mince words.
“We stood behind you Seth with your movie, and we said you had the right to make the movie you wanted to make. Give them the same respect, because we stood behind them. Michael Moore, you know better.”
“My brother came through the 60s. If you’ve ever been to war, you can call people all kinds of names. Until the bombs are exploding around you, and people are dying around you, you need to be a little more sensitive, dudes. I get that you’re creative types, but so are they. So back up, or not?”
Whoopi Goldberg’s co-host, conservative Nicole Wallace, agreed with her colleague and also came down hard on Rogen and Moore.
“These guys die so people like Michael Moore and Seth Rogen can say this stuff. So, the next time they trash a movie about America’s heroes they should add a little thank you. They compared these guys to Nazis… It’s offensive. It’s reprehensible, and I think the military should boycott Seth Rogen’s crappy movie.”
However, Rosie O’Donnell defended Rogen and Moore’s right to speak their mind, a right that the U.S. military fights for on a daily basis.
“But, Nicole democracy demands dissent, and you know that. So I think that everybody is allowed to say what their opinion is.”
Since making their comments about American Sniper, both Seth Rogen and Michael Moore have backtracked, saying their statements were not intended as criticisms of the Clint Eastwood hit.
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