Look no further than Michael Moore’s latest Tweets on the subject for a glaring example. So it’s refreshing to hear a voice of reason rise up from the din, courtesy of the erstwhile Lt. Dan.
Gary Sinise, an actor whose work on behalf of the U.S. Military has few peers in his industry, took offense at what former Gov. Howard Dean said about audiences lining up to see the Clint Eastwood smash on the Jan. 23 “Real Time with Bill Maher” installment.
“There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry. This guy (the late Chris Kyle) basically says, ‘I’m going to fight on your side. I bet you if you looked at the cross-section of the tea party and people who see this movie there’s a lot of intersection.”
Even Deadline.com, which hardly represents a right-leaning worldview, shredded Dean’s demographic breakdwon.
Sinise did more than that. And he handled Dean in a way that didn’t flame ideological bickering, a tricky stunt in today’s culture.
“Do you also suggest that everyone at Warner Brothers is angry because they released the film? That Clint Eastwood, Jason Hall, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and the rest of the cast and crew are angry because they made the film? … [‘American Sniper’] tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families. It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders. Defenders and families who need our support. I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?”
To be fair, Dean knows a little something about anger.