Kudos to the First Lady.
Speaking at the Got Your Six screenwriters conference, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed her thoughts on “American Sniper.”
“People generally see veterans in one of two ways — either the broken, downtrodden vet who is homeless or on drugs or has such severe PTSD that he can’t even function, or the saintly hero who lives with such courage and moral clarity that the only thing the rest of us can do is shower him with awe and amazement,.
“And of course, it’s always a he. We sort of forget about the 1.5 million women veterans who have served in uniform.”
“But these two images — one broken, one perfect — they’re just caricatures.
“So today, I’m calling on all of you and folks across the entertainment industry to change the conversation about our veterans and military families. Give us the full story.”
“Just look at the latest box office numbers. The number-one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family.
“While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years,” Obama said.