"American Sniper" is the number one movie in the country, and everyone, from politicians to celebrities, has weighed in on it and its larger message.
During an event for veterans this week, Michelle Obama finally offered her opinion on the film and movies about soldiers in general.
“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,” the first lady said, according to The Blaze.
“And of course, it’s always a he,” she noted. “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.”
With that said, the first lady did appreciate how "American Sniper" was a slightly more complex tale.
“While I know there have been critics,” she said. “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.”
The first lady made her comments at the launch event for “Got Your 6,” which aims to encourage film and television to include characters who are veterans.