Last month comedian Seth Rogen was the cause célèbre of Hollywood when terroristic threats caused Sony Pictures to cancel the release of his latest movie “The Interview.” Americans from across the political spectrum spoke out in favor of Rogen’s right to make any movie he wanted, and when it was released online, Americans supported the movie. Many may now regret that purchase.
Rogen, like all Americans, was born with the right to say anything he wants, no matter how offensive. That’s why he was able to make a movie in which he kills the leader of North Korea. But that right is always under threat, to varying degrees, by outside forces.
North Korea allegedly hacked Sony’s computer systems, but they didn’t launch any military attacks against the United States because they knew US military would respond with overwhelming force. While we are born with rights, the military defends them from external threats, which are very real.
That protection and the respect for it hasn’t stopped Rogen, a Canadian by birth but married to an American, from seizing an opportunity to smear the life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
“American Sniper,” based on the memoir of Kyle who was killed by a soldier suffering post traumatic stress, has been a huge box office hit, surprising many on Hollywood.
Hollywood is overwhelmingly left-wing, and has released a string of anti-war and anti-military movies that have been box office flops. In that world “American Sniper” is an anomaly. It presents Kyle’s life without making judgment, warts and all. Audiences have been flocking to see the story of a man considered a genuine hero by most.
—Courtesy of The Daily Caller