A small minority of about 300 Muslim, Middle Eastern and North African students at the University of Michigan were successful in their mission to cancel a campus screening of “American Sniper”. They claim the film promotes anti-Muslim rhetoric and made them feel unsafe.
The University of Michigan had planned on showing the critically-acclaimed film about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle on Friday. Instead, students will be treated to “Paddington” -- a PG rated flick based on the children's book about a stuffed Teddy bear.
The screening was cancelled hours after sophomore Lamees Mekkaoui organized a petition asking CCI to cancel the screening. “As a student who identifies as an Arab and Middle Eastern student, I feel that ‘American Sniper’ condones a lot of anti-Middle Eastern and North African propaganda,” Mekkaoui told campus newspaper The Michigan Daily.
Other students involved in the campus chapter of a conservative organization, Young Americans for Freedom, started a petition asking CCI to revert to the original planned screening of “American Sniper.” “The movie ‘American Sniper’ is not about a racist mass murderer or a criminal,” the petition states. “It is about a decorated American war hero who served his country valiantly.”
When the new University of Michigan head football coach heard about this, he was beyond outraged. He will show the movie to his team per his tweet tonight.