One Muslim graduate student at the University of Missouri feels unsafe. What’s making her feel unsafe? Is it crime? Violence? No. She feels unsafe due to the highest grossing film of 2014, American Sniper.
According to the Missourian, the popular movie was to be shown “on April 17 and 18 as part of the regular film series this semester in Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.” The movie follows the life of the author and former Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, who was known for being the most lethal sniper in American military history.
On March 3, 2015, the University of Missouri’s newspaper, The Maneater, published a letter written by Muslim student activist Farah El-Jayyousi. In the letter, El-Jayyousi complains the film perpetuates “the idea that Arabs and Muslims are less than human and somehow deserving of the devastation that has been wrought on their bodies by the U.S. military — and more” leading people to sympathize “more easily with a killer with no regard for human life than they have with the staggering numbers of people whose lives were taken by the hero of this film.”
Further, El-Jayyousi bleats that the American Sniper “film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not be shown under any circumstances and especially not endorsed by a branch of student government.”
Seriously? Here’s an idea, my American-hating Muslim friend, instead of trying to impose your warped view of what American Sniper is about and banning it for everyone, how about you just not see it? Better yet, how about you hold your own anti-American pro-Muslim event? That should be well attended, don’t you think?
You say America is “a culture that has systematically and systemically vilified, demonized, exoticized, brutalized, colonized and dehumanized” Muslims like yourself. And murderous Americans like Chris Kyle–even an actor playing him on film–make you feel unsafe in a “world where hate and violence directed at [your] body is discounted as being motivated by anything other than hatred, racism, sexism or xenophobia.” Well, I say you are an academically-sheltered liberal, my friend.
Here’s another idea, how about you take your archaic notions to the oppressive Stone Age Muslim country of your choosing–Libya, perhaps–and try to get them to change their ways? You see, there would be no need for American heroes like Chris Kyle and his otherworldly sniper skills if there were no Muslim terrorists espousing and implementing the perverted and hateful ideologies of Muslim extremists like ISIS. Besides, I’m sure the oh-so-peaceful ISIS Muslims in Libya will not make you feel unsafe or dehumanize you in any way whatsoever.
Tough luck for El-Jayyousi because the Missouri Students Association decided to keep American Sniper on its screening schedule.
Thank God this is still America. Thank God this is still a country where freedom is valued and smarter students than El-Jayyousi attend Mizzou. Guess she’ll have to find something else to try to stir up more anti-American feelings on campus. Until then, El-Jayyousi can be afraid or…not hate…or something.
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