The sign on Tommy Brann's restaurant, Brann's Steakhouse and Grill, reads: “Michael Moore and Seth Rogen are NOT allowed in my place.”
Brann says the ban at his Wyoming, Michigan, restaurant is due to recent comments and criticisms made by Moore and Rogen concerning the movie “American Sniper” about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history.
“(Kyle) is an American hero,” Brann told an NBC affiliate, WOOD-TV. “For 43 years I’ve been a small businessman because of the Chris Kyles of the world and I have a right to not serve the Michael Moores and the Seth Rogens.”
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Brann also added that “if Michael Moore comes in here with a party of two, party of 40, I’ll take the 38, but he’s not getting served.”
Brann took offense to Moore's tweets about the film. On Jan. 18, Moore tweeted:
“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse”
“But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”
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Moore also made a post on Facebook, providing a short review of the film:
“And now ‘American Sniper’ — a mess of a film that rewrites history (we invade Iraq as revenge for 9/11), perpetuates a racist sentiment to Arabs (Iraqis are “savages”), has a simplistic Hollywood storyline of the good sniper in white vs. the bad sniper in black), and (in a rare moment of honesty) shows the main characters in the film, the American soldiers, either returning home all messed-up by the war (and with some of them turning anti-war) or in a box. The lead character becomes a victim of both the PTSD epidemic AND the violent American/Texan gun culture that eventually takes his life."
The same also goes for Rogen, who sent out a tweet saying the film reminded him of the Nazi propaganda in the movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Rogen then clarified on Twitter that he wasn’t comparing the film about Kyle to Nazi propaganda; the former just reminded him of the short film, writes Josh Feldman of MediaIte.
Moore and Rogen will probably not be too offended by Brann’s decision to ban them from his restaurant, as they have been dealing with outrage across the nation from celebrities and politicians that include country singers Craig Morgan and Blake Shelton and Sen. John McCain, who called Moore’s comments “idiotic.”