On January 18, Michael Moore, the documentary film maker behind “Sicko”, “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine”, posted a tweet stating “My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse [SIC]”. He posted this in light of the movie “American Sniper” being released and helping people understand the problems that the movie creates. Namely the xenophobia, racism, and the glorification of a war that is, in so many words, unjustified and will reflect a poor light on Americans.
Bryan Sikes, a military vet who does exactly what he accuses Moore of (“gravitating towards things that are popular at the moment), clearly did not find Moore’s position all that flattering and fired off a letter in reply. It only makes sense that a site like Bro Bible would republish the letter, as it reads like a frat boy addressing someone that disagreed with his position on international relations in his 101 political science class.
All we really need to know about the man can be found in this letter. It is filled with no real arguments but, instead, shames Moore for his weight, saying he must have found time away from “licking jelly off [his] fingers and releasing [his] grasp from a bear claw” to write the tweet. He calls Moore “dumber than a bag of hammers”, bemoans “‘men’ like you”, because we know offering criticism of the military means a person’s masculinity is in question, that Moore must suffer from an inferiority complex, and calls him a “world class turd”. This is also bookended by derogatory terms questioning Moore’s sexuality; addressing him as “cupcake” and “sweetheart”. Not to mention the numerous cracks at his weight, calling him a “mouth breathing, Crisco sweating waste of space…”
This is not the first time Sikes has made such statements. He also berated Gwyneth Paltrow when she compared cyber-bullying to the after-effects of war. Sikes took that opportunity to question Paltrow’s mental stability, to assume he knows her life, and to make rather degrading comments about women and their role in our culture (making statements that the real women take care of the home while men go off and work, but I am paraphrasing).Sikes, in both instances, seems rather hung up on what both celebrities are attempting to get across as, instead of helping with contemporary issues and weeding through the nonsense, personal grievances that affect the individual. Moore is concerned with the images that movies like “American Sniper” are projecting for people of different cultures (posting in another tweet that, throughout the movie, Iraq citizens are referred to as “savages”). Paltrow is concerned with what technology is doing for the wellbeing of others; teenagers, young women, and the anonymity it provides for cruel, insensitive people. Sikes seems more interested in how the problem affects them individually, rather than understand they are making a conscious effort to create awareness of a large problem affecting many.
The problem is this movie creates more problems than it solves, and it more than adequately proves Moore’s point. Like how the movie assumes the Iraq War was in response to 9/11, that Chris Kyle, whose story the movie is based on, was “tormented” by his killings, but his book makes no such assumption, and neither do his sentiments afterwards; stating he wanted to go back, and that the Iraq war was the best thing to happen to him. Oh, and he referred to Iraqis as “savage beasts” in the book, just like the movie. Let’s also not forget the stories Kyle made up about killing looters in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and that he was going to donate all his earnings from the book to veteran charities. Both those claims are lies. Or, at least, he only donated 2% of his earnings from the book.
Like the 2% Kyle donated, Sikes only has about 2% of the story straight, and gave 2% of a real rebuttal.
Update: Sikes also claimed Moore is anti-gun in his letter. However, if he had watched “Bowling for Columbine”, he would know Moore is a card-carrying member of the NRA.