LOS ANGELES – A billboard for the movie “American Sniper” was vandalized in Los Angeles adding to the controversy surrounding the film.
The vandal used red paint to add the word “murder!” to the billboard at Wilshire Boulevard and Bundy Drive, Los Angeles police said.
— People (@people) January 20, 2015
The vandalism was not reported, so police will not investigate the incident, LAPD Sgt. Debra McCarthy told the Los Angeles Times.
The Clint Eastwood film is about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of the most lethal snipers in American history.
Some questioned on social media whether Kyle should be presented as a hero in film.
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Hmm. I never tweeted 1word bout AmericanSniper/ChrisKyle. I said my uncle killed by sniper in WWII; only cowards would do that 2 him, others
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015
Chris Kyle was a hero. Period. #AmericanSniper
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 18, 2015
The usual "american is the hero, the muslim is the savage" propaganda when it's the complete opposite. Nothing new. #AmericanSniper
— Nada Morrar (@nada_morrar) January 20, 2015
Shout out to #AmericanSniper for portraying a racist murderer as a hero. Feel good film of the year??
— realnamejonathon (@underrthepine) January 20, 2015