Rupert Murdoch Rips "Hollywood Leftists" Over 'American Sniper'
The media mogul tweeted, saying 'American Sniper' detractors show "how completely out of touch they are with America."
Rupert Murdoch says he's a huge fan of American Sniper, and anyone who thinks otherwise — "Hollywood leftists" in particular — are completely out of touch with America.
Murdoch just weighed in on the left vs. right controversy surrounding the film, after Seth Rogen and Michael Moore both initially appeared to criticize American Sniper on Twitter, sparking a national debate in the process.
The mogul, who owns 20th Century Fox movie studios and routinely takes to Twitter to praise Fox films, offered his support for the Clint Eastwood film, which was released by rival Warner Bros.
Murdoch wrote on Twitter, "Hollywood leftists trash American Hero, show how completely out of touch they are with America. Bravo Clint Eastwood!" He added, clarifying, "Yes, American Sniper!"
On Monday, Rogen tweeted that American Sniper "kind of reminds" him of the Nazi propaganda film about a sniper showing near the end of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. He later clarified that tweet, writing that he liked American Sniper and that he wasn't comparing the two, just saying one reminded him of the other.
Last week, Moore wrote that he grew up being told that snipers are cowardly. "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2," the Fahrenheit 9/11 director wrote. "We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back." Readers presumed Moore was referencing the film American Sniper, but Moore later said he was not.
Despite both Rogen and Moore trying to distance themselves from controversy, the tweets led to massive conservative backlash, including comments from musician Kid Rock, who wrote on his website Friday: "F— you Michael Moore, you're a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you. Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon."
Country singers Blake Shelton and Craig Morgan also lashed back at American Sniper critics.
Hollywood leftists trash American Hero, show how completely out of touch they are with America. Bravo Clint Eastwood!— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 24, 2015
Yes, American Sniper!!— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 24, 2015