Actor Kevin Costner had some advice for Michael Moore after he controversially called snipers “cowards” following the release of the hit film American Sniper.
During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show, Costner was asked if he’d seen the film and what his opinion was on the recent comments made by Moore. Costner told Ingraham that he had yet to see the movie, but had been asked about it at events and on red carpets.
“I did take exception to what Michael Moore said,” the 60-year-old actor said. “I mean, we practically invented the sniper in the Revolutionary War when we couldn’t take on, hold back the British. And that was the formation, if you look at historically about snipers. I think coward is just too strong of a word. And I think he oughta be smart enough to take it back, brave enough to take it back.”
Moore’s comments on Twitter and Facebook during the film’s opening weekend caused a firestorm of controversy.
“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,” Moore’s post read.
“When you’re the victim of something, yeah, you can have a perspective. But I think when you get that microphone and you’re a little glib and a little fast, you end up saying stuff like that,” Costner said. “And he would have trouble saying that to a roomful of men that go out as young guys, boys, and they’re assigned things because of a skillset and then they go out and they do it the best they can. So, I didn’t like it.”
Listen to Costner's comments below.