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‘American Sniper’ sparks hate toward Arabs on Twitter

The new film “American Sniper” has been slammed by critics as pro-war propaganda, but as far as some hateful Twitter users go, the movie is right on target.

The Clint Eastwood-directed film tells the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper. The film scored six Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Actor for Cooper.

However, the movie’s gung-ho message inspired many bigoted and offensive reactions on social media.

AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT PHOTO TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE. THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 14 DAYS FROM TIME OF TRANSMISSION; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING.Uncredited/AP Bradley Cooper, with Kyle Gallner, in Clint Eastwood-directed ‘American Sniper.’

“American sniper makes me wanna go shoot some f—— Arabs,” read one tweet.

Another Twitter user wrote: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are — vermin scum intent on destroying us. #Deblasio #AmericanSniper.”

“American Sniper” was the No. 1 film at the box office this weekend, but some say it went too far with its patriotic message. Actor Seth Rogen compared the movie to Nazi propaganda, tweeting that the film “kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglourious Basterds.”

Others, though, said the movie was inspirational, albeit in a hateful way.

“Ngl teared up at the end of American Sniper. Great f—— movie and now I really want to kill some f—— r–heads,” one person wrote.

“I wish I weren’t too old and fat to go shoot some r–heads. Hoorah! #AmericanSniper,” tweeted another.

AP PROVIDES ACCESS TO THIS HANDOUT PHOTO TO BE USED SOLELY TO ILLUSTRATE NEWS REPORTING OR COMMENTARY ON THE FACTS OR EVENTS DEPICTED IN THIS IMAGE. THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 14 DAYS FROM TIME OF TRANSMISSION; NO ARCHIVING; NO LICENSING.Keith Bernstein/AP Bradley Cooper received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of sniper Chris Kyle.

“American sniper made me appreciate soldiers 100x more and hate Muslins 1000000x more,” wrote another.

Some people tried to be the voice of reason, with one user tweeting: “American Sniper shouldn’t make you want to kill arabs, it supposed to depict the tolls and hardships and ugly things war does to people.”

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