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Watchdog: "American Sniper" Spurs Rise In Hateful Rhetoric Against Muslims

A civil rights group is calling on Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood to come out against the racist comments that have emerged on social media from some moviegoers.

Posted on January 25, 2015, at 4:07 p.m. ET

An Arab-American civil rights group has written letters to American Sniper director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper asking them to take a stand against racist remarks spawned from the war film.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a statement Thursday that it has asked the duo to publicly condemn what it says is a rise in hateful rhetoric from moviegoers.
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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said in a statement Thursday that it has asked the duo to publicly condemn what it says is a rise in hateful rhetoric from moviegoers.

The group pointed to social media, where users have posted racial slurs and taunts against Muslims after claiming to have watched the film.

American Sniper has me wanting to go shoot some ragheads

Porter Hudson@DocHudson15Follow

American Sniper has me wanting to go shoot some ragheads

10:15 PM - 16 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you haven't seen american sniper your an unamerican raghead

Olympic James@AnneFrankDadFollow

If you haven't seen american sniper your an unamerican raghead

11:25 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Only true Americans go watch American Sniper and love it bc if you don't you need to go over there & be a damn raghead & stop following me

⚾️Coleman Harris⚾️@Coleman_EliFollow

Only true Americans go watch American Sniper and love it bc if you don't you need to go over there & be a damn raghead & stop following me

11:20 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The group said it believes Cooper and Eastwood could use their influence to “quell the danger facing our community.”

The group called for a social media campaign using the #AmericanSniper hashtag to call "on Eastwood, Cooper, and the public to stand together against bigotry," the statement said.

The group added it is working with the FBI and local law enforcement to address the threats.

American Sniper tells the story of Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle served four tours in Iraq.

The film has earned a stunning $200 million at the box office so far.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley / AP

The film has earned a stunning $200 million at the box office so far.

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