Although it has had its share of critics and detractors, the “American Sniper” movie has been playing to packed theaters across the nation and is setting records at the box office.
The movie is the story of Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. history, detailing not only his time at war in Iraq, but also his struggles to readjust to life at home.
Now First Lady Michelle Obama has weighed in on the film while speaking at an event for veterans earlier this week.
“People generally see veterans in one of two ways — either the broken, downtrodden vet who is homeless or on drugs or has such severe PTSD that he can’t even function, or the saintly hero who lives with such courage and moral clarity that the only thing the rest of us can do is shower him with awe and amazement,” Obama said.
“But these two images — one broken, one perfect — they’re just caricatures,” she added.
“And of course, it’s always a he,” she noted (H/T Opposing Views). “We sort of forget about the 1.5 million women veterans who have served in uniform.”
Unfortunately for Michelle, she seems to have forgotten a whole litany of war movies featuring female leads, such as the recent “Camp X-ray” starring Kristen Stewart, or “Zero Dark Thirty” starring Jessica Chastain, not to mention “G.I. Jane” with Demi Moore, or Meg Ryan’s “Courage Under Fire,” among many others.
However, Obama wasn’t necessarily being critical of the movie about Chris Kyle, noting that she appreciated the complexity of his story.
“While I know there have been critics,” she said. “I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.”
We are certainly glad that she appreciated the complexity of Chris Kyle’s story.
The being said, we are also sorry to be the ones to break it to Michelle, but nobody has forgotten about the women veterans who served our nation admirably.
While there has admittedly been many, many more war movies featuring men in lead roles, that is because men are more often the ones on the front lines in war.
The addition of women to combat roles is still fairly new, and while some have undoubtedly gone through film-worthy events, their stories remain vastly outnumbered by men in military combat.
Michelle Obama should, in the future, refrain from making untrue, blanket statements about things she knows nothing about. Maybe she should just go back to spending the taxpayer’s money indiscriminately or imposing her will on hungry school students … or maybe not.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune