American Sniper Still Generating Controversy

Kid Rock Responds, Rolling Stone’s Readers Recoil From Political Commentary

As the controversy surrounding American Sniper continues to swirl, Kid Rock has offered some unkind words for Michael Moore, Blake Shelton has elaborated on a tweet he issued earlier in the week and Rolling Stone is taking heat from its readers.

All along, the Clint Eastwood-directed film starring Bradley Cooper is one of the biggest box office smashes in recent memory.

American Sniper centers on the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who’s credited with the most sniper kills in U.S. military history.

Moore and actor Seth Rogen’s recent comments about American Sniper’s glorification of the war in the Middle East created a firestorm of criticism from patriots throughout Middle America.

Ever the diplomat, Kid Rock posted a response on his official website.

“F**k you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of s**t and your uncle would be ashamed of you,” he wrote. “Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon.”

Earlier in the week, Shelton weighed in on Twitter, writing:

And although Shelton, who’s hosting Saturday Night Live this week, doesn’t retract the statements or apologize for what he wrote, he conceded to E! Online that he’d had a bit to drink before logging into his Twitter account.

Longtime Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers gave American Sniper a glowing review, but most of the attention the magazine has received from its coverage stems from a commentary written by political writer Matt Taibbi under the headline, “’American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize.”

Comments in response to Taibbi’s views were overwhelmingly negative, with one reader posting, “How many Vietnam vets does it take to screw in a light bulb…. you wouldn’t know, you weren’t there. Don’t give me the crap those that didn’t serve can’t make intelligent commentary on the war.”

On Rolling Stone’s Twitter account, another person wrote, “@RollingStone and your magazine is almost too communist for America. #Almost.”

Meanwhile, American Sniper’s popularity is undeniable with the film earning an additional $18.3 million at the box office on Friday (Jan. 23) alone. So far, it has generated $154 million in ticket sales.