AMERICAN SNIPER is set to roll in at #1 at the Box Office again this weekend. It’s chock-full of disturbing violence – including the torture of children, wall-to-wall use of the F word, a lot of boozing and a strong amount of pre-marital sex. So, yeah, I get why it’s so popular with American Evangelicals. Because it’s exactly the kind of movie they say Hollywood doesn’t make enough of anymore.
This is less an observation about the movie (which I’ve seen and was not scandalized by) than it is an observation about human behavior. To wit, we’re all inclined to look past things that we claim are deeply offensive to us when those things are used to advance our point of view.
We’re a funny, little species – aren’t we?