'American Sniper' Criticism Fuels Republican Petition Drive

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"Several Hollywood liberals, including filmmaker Michael Moore, have gone out of their way to disrespect our military with petty remarks about the film," the NRSC says in an email to supporters.

A Republican organization has created a petition in support of American Sniper and is bashing Michael Moore and other "Hollywood liberals" for disrespecting the Clint Eastwood film as well as the U.S. military in general.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which was founded nearly a century ago to get more conservatives elected to the U.S. Senate, sent an email to supporters Tuesday urging them to click a link to their petition and, presumably, to stick around at the website long enough to donate money.

"Clint Eastwood's recent blockbuster film, American Sniper, pays tribute to the memory of an American hero. The film honors the courageous sacrifice of the men and women who serve in our military and fight for our freedom every day," reads the email from the NRSC.

"Several Hollywood liberals, including filmmaker Michael Moore, have gone out of their way to disrespect our military with petty remarks about the film and our servicemen and servicewomen themselves," the email says.

The NRSC, which did not respond to a request for comment, is referencing a now-famous tweet from the maker of progressive films, who wrote: "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse."

Others in Hollywood who seemingly disparaged American Sniper include TV host Bill Maher, who said on his TV show that Chris Kyle, the subject of the film, was a "psychopath patriot."

The link in the NRSC email takes the user to a page with Moore's photo and reads: "Sign the petition to tell Michael Moore to stop insulting the men and women in the U.S. Military."

American Sniper is poised to become the most popular war movie of all time, based on its box-office take, and it has also become a polarizing pop-culture phenomenon, with many on the political left lining up against the film.

Some in the entertainment industry who have stuck up for Eastwood and his movie include 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, actor Gary Sinise and country singers Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan and Charlie Daniels. And, proving an exception to the left-right political divide, Jane Fonda tweeted: "Just saw American Sniper. Powerful. Another view of Coming Home. Bradley Cooper sensational. Bravo Clint Eastwood."

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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