“American Sniper” star Bradley Cooper and director Clint Eastwood should be receiving letters from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee this week, as the organization reports a “drastic increase” in hate speech on social media since the Oscar-nominated drama was released to a record box office reception.
“The last time we saw such a sharp increase was in 2010, around the Ground Zero mosque,” Abed Ayoub, the national legal and policy director for the ADC, told the Guardian. “We want Mr Eastwood or Mr Cooper to say, ‘Don’t use our film to promulgate hatred or bigotry. Don’t use our film to push hate and bigotry, and use it as a platform for these racist views.'”
Neither Cooper or Eastwood has responded to the group yet, but the ADC hopes they’re willing to speak out “in an effort to help reduce the hateful rhetoric.”
According to the organization, the rate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats has already tripled.
A brief search through Twitter does reveal that within the last 24 hours a number of viewers preferred to glorify Navy SEAL Chris Kyle‘s record number of confirmed kills during the Iraq War, while others believe those people missed the anti-war message of the Warner Bros. release.
Just watched American sniper and I wanna kill some motherfuckers.
— Take Care. (@davidstout22) January 26, 2015
American Sniper was alright 7/10 kill dem Arabs doe
— _.- (@JzChrist_) January 26, 2015
— Aaron Koch (@aakoch2) January 26, 2015
watching American Sniper makes me want to go kill some terrorists
— austin hansen (@aus_tin2112) January 26, 2015
If you think American Sniper is a gung-ho “Let’s go kill some terrorists!” type of movie, then you’re missing the point.
— Wes Osborn (@WesleyAOsborn) January 26, 2015
I like American Sniper NOT because it made me want to kill muslims but because it made me realize the damage that war imposes on ppl
— Irene Li (@ireneyy) January 26, 2015
Saying American Sniper makes you want to kill someone is like saying Breaking Bad makes you want to cook and smoke meth. #ComeOnNow
— ✌️ZakkSielicky✌️ (@Zswisss) January 26, 2015