A US-based civil rights group has raised the alarm over a surge in hateful anti-Muslim messages, triggered by the release of‘American Sniper’, a new box office hit that shattered records and made over $180 million in four weeks.
The moral depravity into which the US is sinking is shown by American Sniper glorifying the exploits of a racist killer receiving six Oscar nominations, whereas ‘Selma’ depicting Martin Luther King’s struggle against racism has been largely ignored.
‘American Sniper’ shattered box-office records over the weekend, earning at least $90.2 million between Friday and Sunday. However, in Hollywood, not everyone is hailing the biographical war drama based on real life events.
The Emmy-winning ‘Homeland’ series portrays Pakistan as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole,” the country’s officials have complained to the New York Post, stressing “nothing is further from the truth.”
Pyongyang has blamed the US for intermittent outages of internet in the country this week, and also blasted President Barack Obama over his support of US screenings of ‘The Interview’ movie, featuring a murder plot against Kim Jong-un.
In the wake of a massive cyberattack and diplomatic furor, Sony Pictures has released ‘The Interview’ online after many cinema’s opted not to show the film. The reaction to the irreverent flick has been equal parts critical, funny and even patriotic.
Some two hundred theaters will screen “The Interview” starting Christmas Day, Sony announced Tuesday, notwithstanding threats of terrorism and murmurings of an international cyberwar spawned by the controversial movie before it could even be released.
American audiences likely won’t be able to see “The Interview” anytime soon after Sony’s decision to pull the film from theaters last week over concerns, but congressional lawmakers may luck out if one politician has his way.