The backlash over leftist filmmaker Michael Moore’s Twitter post disparaging military snipers had yet to dissipate when he doubled down on the unpopular sentiment and posted additional criticism online this week. Celebrities, soldiers, and civilians alike weighed in on the story, many of whom lambasted Moore for his remarks in light of the new movie based on the life and exploits of deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.
During a recent appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio program, actor Kevin Costner shared his thoughts, using history as a backdrop for disagreeing with Moore.
“I did take exception to what Michael Moore said,” he affirmed. “We practically invented the sniper in the Revolutionary War when we couldn’t take on, we couldn’t hold back the British. That was the formation if you look back, historically, about snipers.”
He went on to insist Moore’s characterization of snipers as “cowards” was unwarranted, adding the filmmaker “ought to be smart enough to take it back, brave enough to take it back.”
Costner acknowledged that Moore’s opinion was shaped by a family event, though that excuse does not justify such a blanket statement.
“When you’re the victim of something,” he continued, “you can have a perspective; but I think when you get that microphone and you’re a little glib and a little fast, you end up saying stuff like that.”
The actor, who stars in the new film Black or White, predicted Moore “would have trouble saying that to a room of men who went out as young guys and they’re assigned things because of a skill set and they go out and do it the best they can.”
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