Seth Rogen sparked controversy on Twitter Sunday after stating in a post the film "American Sniper" reminded him of a scene in a Quientin Tarantino movie. File photo from Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Actor Seth Rogen sparked controversy on Twitter Sunday after stating in a post the film American Sniper reminded him of a scene in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as the real-life U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who is known for being one of the most lethal snipers in American history. Kyle died in 2002 after being shot at a shooting range in Texas and Rogen's comments weren't taken so lightly by those who regard him as a national hero.
In his post, the Interview star wrote: "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."
The scene the actor refers to is a Nazi propaganda film called Stolz der Nation (Nation's Pride) that featured a German sniper massacring allied soldiers from a clock tower.
While Rogen later stated he was not comparing the films, but simply stating one reminded him of the other, many prominent figures, including country stars Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and politician Sarah Palin, were among those who reproached him for his comments.
"You are fortunate to enjoy the privilege and freedom of working in and living in the United States, and saying whatever you want (regardless of how ignorant the statement) thanks to people like Chris Kyle who serve in the United States military. Your statement is inaccurate and insensitive to Chris and his family," Morgan, who also served in the military, wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
"Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk [expletive].. #truecowards," tweeted Shelton.
"God bless our troops, especially our snipers," Palin wrote in a Facebook post. "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."
Many more celebrities have criticized Rogen for his tweet, but the actor has defended his post and even blamed the media for passing his tweet as news on a slow news day.