WEAK: ‘American Sniper’ Screenings Demanded to Stop by College Students

Give me a total break. There is no hidden agenda here, there is no ‘problem’, you are not ‘unsafe’. Possibly the reason you might feel ‘unsafe’ is because you clearly have a big mouth, and no problem running it, but don’t have anything to back it up. Clash Daily reports:

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Would people react the same way if they were screening a movie that portrayed Christianity in a negative way? I’m guessing no.

College Fix – An upcoming campus screening of American Sniper at the University of Missouri has drawn fire for potentially offending Muslim members of the community.

At the heart of the controversy is a Muslim student activist who declared showing the film on campus would make her feel “unsafe” and demanded an “apology and explanation” as to how and why the movie was even selected for Mizzou audiences.

See the Muslim student’s letter below:

I do not feel safe on this campus and for good reason. The fact that this film is being shown, the fact that I have to explain why this film is not only problematic but harmful makes me feel even more unsafe. Showing this film will create an even more hostile environment for me and other Arab, Muslim, South Asian and people of color on this campus.

I am requesting that this film not be shown and that it either be replaced with a film that does not glorify violence or support existing systems of domination and oppression, or an event addressing “American Sniper” and similar films and media texts using a critical lens. This film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not be shown under any circumstances and especially not endorsed by a branch of student government that purports to represent me and have my best interests in mind.

Lastly, I would like to clarify that this is not an attempt at censorship but an affirmation of my right to feel safe in my body and identity wherever I may be, including this campus. Freedom of speech should not come at the expense of anyone’s humanity and right to be viewed, talked about and treated with basic respect and dignity.

I am asking that this film not be shown and that an official, public apology and explanation be issued by all parties involved in approving the screening of American Sniper on Mizzou’s campus.

How about…just don’t watch it? I have never ever heard of such LAME PC crap ever. Since when are we banning movies? Why is this a THING? Get a life, lady. Part of being an adult is dealing with things we don’t like. So stop whining, and don’t see the film. It’s successful without you.

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie

McGuire

Writer, Blogger. Political aficionado. Addicted to all levels of government campaigns.

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