Filmmaker Michael Moore caused a firestorm this week when he tweeted, in response to the film American Sniper, “My uncle [was] killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders are worse.” Even Kid Rock criticized the Fahrenheit 9/11 director, writing “Fuck you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you.” After a week of being attacked by the right wing and Fox News for allegedly “hating the troops,” Moore penned a lengthy Facebook response that details his frequent support for our armed forces.
“Here’s the truth they can’t or won’t report: I’m the one who has supported these troops – much more than the bloviators on Fox News,” Moore writes before listing the many ways they’re misinformed in their opinion of him. When Moore’s father passed away, he asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Veterans for Peace. The filmmaker also refuses to do business with vendors that don’t hire vets, sits on the Advisory Board of the Pvt. Bradley (Chelsea) Manning Support Network and has donated thousands of dollars to “help veterans and wounded warriors.”
There’s also this: “From the Dept. of Irony: I only hire Navy SEALS and ex-special forces for when I need security – such as this week, when so-called supporters of those SEALs want me harmed,” Moore said.
While Moore’s remarks on director Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, a film that Matt Taibbi called “almost too dumb to criticize,” is what started this whole ordeal, Moore is still showing the film at the movie theatre he programs in Manistee, MI. “Not because I like it, but because, unlike the other side, I’m not a censor,” Moore wrote. “I trust smart people and people of good heart will know what to do. You can’t have a conversation about what Clint Eastwood is up to if you haven’t seen what it is he’s up to.” Also of note: A vet serves as that theater’s projectionist.
“In the end, the thing I’m most proud of for what I’ve done for the troops was sticking my neck out 12 years ago to become a leading opponent to Bush and the war. I tried to save more lives than a sniper ever could hope to – by preventing us from going to war in the first place,” Moore wrote. “So, Fox News and the other lazy media — quit making shit up about me! You look ridiculous.”