Arab civil rights group asks Clint Eastwood & Bradley Cooper to condemn ‘threats spurred by movie’

An Arab civil rights group is asking for public statements from director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper over death threats to Muslims they believe have been spurred by the movie, “American Sniper.”


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee president Samer Khalaf joined Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Monday to explain what he called a “significant uptick” in violent rhetoric aimed at Muslims as a result, he claims, of the blockbuster film.

Khalaf’s organization has written directly to Eastwood and Cooper requesting they publicly condemn the discrimination.

“A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are a result of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted in ‘American Sniper,’” Khalaf wrote. “… It is our opinion that you could play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing.”

After significant pressing by Kelly, Khalaf admitted that he hadn’t actually seen the movie, but claimed the new threats are very specific and mention “American Sniper” directly.

Throughout the interview, Khalaf never argued that Cooper, or Eastwood did anything wrong. Yet, Khalaf believes a public condemnation by Clint Eastwood and Cooper could head off a potential attack on Muslims.

But Kelly questioned the connection between the hateful rhetoric and the movie.

“There are lunatics out there…. There are some people who’ve seen Sean Hannity’s tie and want to go commit violence,” Kelly said.

“Not every lunatic and their rhetoric can be controlled.”

Neither Eastwood nor Cooper has responded to the letter

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee president Samer Khalaf joined Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” Monday to explain what he called a “significant uptick” in violent rhetoric aimed at Muslims as a result, he claims, of the blockbuster film.

Khalaf’s organization has written directly to Eastwood and Cooper requesting they publicly condemn the discrimination.

“A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are a result of how Arabs and Muslims are depicted in ‘American Sniper,’” Khalaf wrote. “… It is our opinion that you could play a significant role in assisting us in alleviating the danger we are facing.”

After significant pressing by Kelly, Khalaf admitted that he hadn’t actually seen the movie, but claimed the new threats are very specific and mention “American Sniper” directly.

Throughout the interview, Khalaf never argued that Cooper, or Eastwood did anything wrong. Yet, Khalaf believes a public condemnation by Clint Eastwood and Cooper could head off a potential attack on Muslims.

But Kelly questioned the connection between the hateful rhetoric and the movie.

“There are lunatics out there…. There are some people who’ve seen Sean Hannity’s tie and want to go commit violence,” Kelly said.

“Not every lunatic and their rhetoric can be controlled.”

Neither Eastwood nor Cooper has responded to the letter

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