Bill Maher calls Chris Kyle a 'psychopath patriot'
Here's a clip from HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher from Friday night where Maher, trashing the film American Sniper, calls the subject of the film, Chris Kyle, a "psychopath patriot."
Maher complains that the film has no subtlety or nuance and that Kyle displays an "anti-Christian" attitude when he refers to Iraqi terrorists as "savages."
On Friday’s episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host criticized the hit Oscar-nominated film, which tells the real-life story of late U.S. soldier Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), because he wanted the film to portray Kyle with greater complexity.
He said he found the film to be too unsubtle, especially when compared to another war film, 2008 Oscar best picture winner “The Hurt Locker.”
“‘Hurt Locker’ only made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous and thoughtful,” the TV host said. “And ('American Sniper') is just, ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.'”
Maher also read quotes from Kyle’s memoir, which the Clint Eastwood-directed film is based on.
"I hate the damn savages and I've been fighting and I always will,” Maher quoted from the book.
"If you're a Christian — I know this is a Christian country — (to say) 'I hate the damn savages' ... doesn't seem like a Christian thing to say."
“The idea that Americans cannot see any ambiguity, that somebody has to be pure hero or pure traitor, is ridiculous,” he added.
Poor Bret Stephens. He tries to inject a little objective reality into the discussion and is summarily cut off by Maher. And how about Howard Dean thinking the only people who are going to the film are Tea Party members.
Maher's anti-religious schtick is getting old. We get it, Bill. You're an atheist. But if you knew anything about Christianity, you'd know that faith is not defined by one's perfect adherence to Christian theology but rather our failures to live up to those principles. Kyle referring to terrorists as "savages" is pretty much a no brainer. And if you can't see the pure good vs. pure evil aspect of the fight against head loppers, child rapists, woman denigrators, and the evil ideology that "justifies" the terror, then you're not paying attention.
Maybe Maher can enlighten us about the "nuance" to be found in the fight against Nazis.