American Sniper and the Muslim 'Savage'

February 9, 2015 7:59 PM

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American Sniper and the Muslim 'Savage'

Is American Sniper a brilliant, subtle study of the trauma of war and the toll that incessant violence takes on those who participate in it? Or is American Sniper a shallow, flag-waving, war propaganda movie? These questions frame much of the debate over Clint Eastwood's recent film. Whatever side you take in this debate, one thing is indisputable: The film is attracting audiences in droves. It is also starting to attract some critical conversations over its troubling portrayal of Muslims, even though these conversations so far have not entered the mainstream.

American Sniper follows the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. The film portrays Kyle as a courageous but troubled war hero who struggles to reconcile his violent "day job" as a sharpshooter during four tours in Iraq with the expectations placed upo...

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