Coach Defies School on American Sniper Cancellation
New University of Michigan and former San Francisco 49ers football coach Jim Harbaugh defied a school ‘ban’ on the movie American Sniper, announcing that he and his team will be watching the movie.
And he doesn’t care what school officials think.
Harbaugh tweeted that he’s “proud of Chris Kyle and proud to be an American.”
He added, “If that offends anybody, so be it.”
Michigan Football will watch “American Sniper”! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) April 9, 2015
Harbaugh’s passionate response came after the university had cancelled a showing of American Sniper due to a handful of students that contend it “promotes anti-Muslim … rhetoric.”
Michigan officials agreed, saying the film also “made students feel unsafe.”
The school’s Center for Campus Involvement would later announce that it would replace the Friday showing of American Sniper with “Paddington.”
If there is a solidly apropos microcosm of liberalism in a nutshell, then it has to be the replacement of a real-life, pro-American war hero, with that of a lovable, huggable, fully-fictitious bear.
Harbaugh’s staunch support of American Sniper did not go unnoticed. Shortly after his tweet, school officials reversed their decision to cancel the movie.
Via Detroit News:
Later Wednesday, the university reversed that decision.
“It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie ‘American Sniper’ on campus as part of a social event for students,” E. Royster Harper, UM vice president for student life, said Wednesday. “The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters.
“The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location.”
Sadly, students will now have to rent Paddington in their dorm rooms – a luxury they still have because of heroes like Chris Kyle.
What did you think of Michigan’s response to cancel the movie American Sniper, and coach Jim Harbaugh’s response?