I for one partly agree with Scott Foundas‘s assessment of American Sniper, which posted on 12.17: “The somewhat jingoistic, flag-waving memoir of ace Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle has become, in the hands of director Clint Eastwood, a melancholic rumination on a number of his career-spanning themes: the iconography of the solitary man of action; the high toll on all sides in the war zone; and the uncomfortable realities nibbling away at the edges of America’s self-glorifying myths.” But mature perceptions of this sort have been falling by the wayside since last weekend when Eastwood’s film (a) became a Godzilla-sized hit and (b) ignited a Hollywood vs. hinterland, lefties vs. conservatives combat scenario, providing reasons for the cultures to lob grenades at each other.
(l.) The late Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper in Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper; (r.) Sarah Palin.
But now Sarah Palin has jumped into the arena with a Facebook posting, and I’m thinking she’s probably poisoned the well as far as Sniper‘s Best Picture chances are concerned. What self-respecting Academy member will want to vote for anything Palin supports? If I was a Warner Bros. Oscar strategist I’d be on a plane up to Alaska right now to beg Palin to kill the Facebook post, shut the hell up and stay the fuck out of it.
“Hollywood leftists: while caressing shiny plastic trophies you exchange among one another while spitting on the graves of freedom fighters who allow you to do what you do, just realize the rest of America knows you’re not fit to shine Chris Kyle’s combat boots,” she wrote yesterday.
Kyle and Palin reportedly became friends when he served on her security team in 2011 when she visited Pella, Iowa. Sarah and Todd Palin attended Kyle’s funeral in 2013.
Forget it, Foundas!…your kind of thinking is out the window now that Palin is in the room.