First Lady Michelle Obama joined critics of American Sniper, taking issue with the gender of the main character — even though the story revolves around the real-life exploits of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.
“Of course, it’s always a ‘he.’ We sort of forget about the 1.5 million women veterans who have served in uniform,” she said.
Critics have come out the woodwork since the release of the Blockbuster movie, which has already pulled in more than $250 million. The film was shown at the White House, but neither President Obama nor the first lady have weighed in on the movie before.
While Mrs. Obama complained about the sex of the main character, she praised the movie for its real-life feel in remarks Friday.
“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,” she said.
“But these two images — one broken, one perfect — they’re just caricatures.”
Mrs. Obama made the comments speaking at the launch of a new program titled “Got Your 6,” which seeks to encourage the entertainment industry to continue including the stories of veterans and soldiers in films.
“Give us the full story,” the first lady said, adding, “change the conversation about our veterans and military families.”
On American Sniper, that has been both praised and panned, Mrs. Obama said, “The number one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family.” She continued:
While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard first hand from military families over these past few years.
H/T The Blaze, Image: Getty