Well, it didn’t take long for the delicate snowflakes at the University of Michigan to man up and realize they live in America after a small group of whiny Muslim students complained about the blockbuster film “American Sniper” was scheduled to be shown Friday night.
The University of Michigan said late Wednesday that it will show the film “American Sniper” as originally scheduled after a protest by students and staff caused the screening to be scrapped.
University Vice President for Student Life E. Royster Harper called the decision to cancel the Friday night showing a “mistake” in a statement.
“The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters,” Harper said. “The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location.”
Harper added that the university will also screen the family-friendly film “Paddington” as an alternative.
“American Sniper”, which stars Bradley Cooper as former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, was originally scheduled to be shown as part of a university-sponsored social event called UMix. However, the screening was canceled after a protest letter garnered more than 300 signatures.
“The movie ‘American Sniper’ not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim and anti-MENA [Muslim, Middle Eastern and North African] rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” the letter read in part. “Chris Kyle was a racist who took a disturbing stance on murdering Iraqi civilians.”
“Watching this movie is provocative and unsafe to MENA and Muslim students who are too often reminded of how little the media and world value their lives,” the letter continued.
All you need to do to have a university with 40,000 students cave is play the racist card. But then a funny thing happened: Merciless ridicule, but with a caveat:
We're planning to show American Sniper in a separate forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue & reflection. More info to come.
— Campus Involvement (@UMInvolvement) April 8, 2015
Welcome to the real world, kids:
— #war (@matthewhummel) April 8, 2015
Oh, the horrors. Then lat Wednesday former San Francisco 49ers coach and new Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh weighed in:
Michigan Football will watch "American Sniper"! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 9, 2015
Beautiful. Now for those who can’t handle wearing the big boy pants, there is an alternative:
Earlier today, CCI announced the organization would show the film at a separate time, and the film “Paddington” would replace the film’s slot at UMix. However, according to Harper, the movie will be shown at the originally scheduled location at UMix, along with the alternative “Paddington” movie. “Paddington” will be screened at another location on campus.
“It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie “American Sniper” on campus as part of a social event for students,” she said. “The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters.”
Showing “Paddington” for the quivering babies is just perfect. Oh, and just wait for a staged “hate crime” to follow the screening. You just know it’s coming.