"American Sniper" is the last work of the 84 year old director Clint Eastwood. It is nominated for six Academy Awards and has blasted all expectations to pieces - with earnings of over $100 million, the film is the most watched in cinemas ever having premiered in the traditionally difficult month of January.
But the film has also been met with massive criticism for glorifying American snipers in Iraq, and according to an Arab-American interest group it has triggered a veritable tidal wave of muslim hatred on social media.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has sent letters to both Eastwood and lead actor Bradley Cooper and asked them to go public to take a stand against the sharp anti-Arab rhetoric especially on Twitter, USA Today writes.
- We want Eastwood and Cooper to go out asking people not to use the film to promote hatred and prejudice, do not let it become a platform for racist views, said a spokesman for the organization to the Guardian.
According to them it has not been so much muslim hatred in social media since 2010, when many responded to the plans of establishing a mosque in lower Manhattan, at the scene of the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001.
Read our review of the movie here.
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