Jezebel: American Sniper and Seth Rogen

Following comments associating Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with a Nazi propaganda film featured within Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, actor Seth Rogen has been forced to clarify that, no, he was not comparing the U.S. troops to Nazis. Isn’t it great thatAmerican Sniper is advancing such intelligent discourse?

There is some serious irony here. 

A soldier goes to war to protect us and our freedoms.

A man uses that freedom to express his discontent with what might be called “the celebration of a man’s strong skill at killing, and lack of remorse after doing so”–yes, I know I just revealed my distaste for this film and what it represents–and then is promptly bashed for doing so. 

Does anyone else see a problem, here?

We celebrate our right to kill others because we’re “defending our freedoms,” but cry “foul” when someone freely expresses in mere words that they take issue with this?

Look, I hate war. But, I do think that it’s sometimes necessary.

I hate guns. But, I do understand how they might sometimes be necessary.

I know, I’m a contradiction.

However, I don’t care if you feel the kill was “justified,” you should feel some remorse, because no matter how terrible that person was, it was a person. A human. You took a human’s life. That warrants some sadness and regret. 

And I am free to say so.