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UMich Cancels American Sniper Screening to Protect Students' Feelings, Will Show Paddington Instead

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Some examples of the infantilization of students at American university campuses are so absurd that they beggar belief. But no, the University of Michigan really did cancel an upcoming screening of American Sniper after students whined that the movie was offensive. Instead, the university will show Paddington, a movie based on a children's book.

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The Center for Campus Involvement, an official university organization that hosts non-alcoholic events for students, had planned to screen American Sniper at a gathering on Friday night. But this plan drew outrage from a bunch of easily offended students, including the Muslim Students' Association, according to The College Fix:

"The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim … rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer," according to an online letter circulated among the campus community via Google Docs that garnered the signatures.

The signers were mostly students, but also some staff, as well as the Muslim Students' Association and the president of Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, a Palestinian solidarity group at UMich.

The online memo, titled a "collective letter from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and Muslim students on campus," accused the public university of "tolerating dangerous anti-Muslim and anti-MENA propaganda" by showing the movie, the highest grossing film of 2014.

Opponents of the film's screening supplied additional reasons in interviews with The Michigan Daily:

"As a student who identifies as an Arab and Middle Eastern student, I feel that 'American Sniper' condones a lot of anti-Middle Eastern and North African propaganda," [LSA sophomore Lamees Mekkaoui] said.

She added that she felt the film was released at a time when negative attitudes toward Middle Eastern and Northern African groups were at a peak.

"It was released at a time when these anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Eastern (and) North African hate crimes were already skyrocketing and this movie only contributed to that," he said.

To guard against the waves of anti-Islamic violence that would surely break across campus if American Sniper was screened, administrators substituted a different movie. Students will now be able to enjoy Paddington, which hopefully will not challenge any of their political or religious views, or inform them on culture or current affairs, in any way at all.

Though I'm surprised that Paddington isn't drawing any protests of its own. After all, the film initially garnered a "PG" rating from the British Board of Film Classification for "dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references, [and] mild bad language," according to BBC News. The producers complained that this judgment was extreme—apparently "mild bad language" referred to a single utterance of the word "bloody"—and the final warning changed "mild sex reference" to "innuendo."

But do the students at UM possess the fortitude to sit through a movie containing "innuendo" and "dangerous behaviour"? Nothing about them suggests to me that they do.

*Update: But you already know all this, since Nick Gillespie blogged about it earlier this morning.

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  1. I definitely remember reading on Twitter that Paddington was also horribly racist.

    1. Paddington was not played by an actual bear, so, yeah.

    2. Yes its very racist. Peruvians are people not bears!

      1. He’s brown!

    3. Not to mention completely cavalier about the horrendous peruvian bear orphan trafficking problem across the EU.

    4. That’s not Paddington. He should sue from his compound in Lima (he and the Browns had to relocate there after a marmalade incident).

  2. How does it have anti-North African propaganda if it take place in Iraq?

    Does that student know where Iraq is? Apparently the sniper he squares off with is Syrian, but Syria is also not in North Africa.

    1. It’s just because “MENA” is a (stupid) unit.

    2. Have you seen any interviews with college students lately? They don’t know anything.

      Seriously, the current generation of college students is without a doubt the dumbest, most ignorant generation we’ve raised in the country’s history. At least they have confidence and self-esteem though.

      1. Says every older generation ever. Were just as fucking retarded as you, just in different ways.

        1. It’s fucking retards all the way down!

        2. I think the letters read on PBS’s Civil War series by Ken Burns proves beyond a reasnable doubt that the folks in the mid-19th century were beter educated than the people of today.

          1. Better even.

            1. Did he read from a representative sample?

              I recently spent a considerable amount of time scanning in our collection here.

              In some cases members of a company would dictate to someone who could write, or at least write better than they did.

              A number of letters have a very loose approach to the idea of grammar, and sometimes seem to be making up words as they went.
              In fact we only have one person who can reliably produce transcripts, and he often produces both a literal and ‘interpreted’ version.

    3. She didn’t say it did. I “feel that…condones…”

      See? She “feels”. Way more important than facts, or exposing college students to difficult real life situations.

      1. Certainly more important in arguments because feelings are amorphous and they allow the speaker to be a weaselly little shitheel that doesn’t actually have to logically defend a position.

        1. Come on, she said anti-muslim hate crimes are skyrocketing. She’s probably got back up to that statement. I’m sure…..

  3. You almost fooled me with that belated April Fools’ joke, but the part about replacing American Snipe with Paddington clued me in – this is heavy-handed satire against PC at colleges.

    Ha ha, as if I would believe a story like that!

  4. Wow, it’s almost as if I’d read about this before. De ja vu I guess.

  5. Are bears halal?

    1. I’m really outraged by this question.

      1. It’s just the my hominid privilege talking.

  6. It’s also important to remember that when whiny Christians protest a movie that offends them all right-thinkers point and jeer, but when whiny Muslims protest a movie that offends them, all of their demands are immediately met.

    Why does one religion get treated like its whining somehow matters when no other religions are afforded the same capacity to censor everything they don’t like?

    1. Why does one religion get treated like its whining somehow matters when no other religions are afforded the same capacity to censor everything they don’t like?

      Because some adherents of that religion are known to murder if they don’t get their way. All the others just whine an moan and eventually get over it.

  7. At least tell me this is a darker remake of Paddington where he and Winnie the Pooh snap and wander through London killing and eating victims.

    1. The Paddington stories written by Frank Miller did go to some bizarre and gruesome places, didn’t they?

      1. Especially the controversial “Paddington vs. Care Bears” storyline.

    2. You’ll love the sequel. They shack up.

    3. I couldn’t disagree more. I love the statement the choice makes. It tells the protesters that they’re clearly not competent to deal with films targeted to anyone beyond a seven-year-old.

      1. Bill, id say just show them cartoons, but there are plenty they couldn’t handle.

        1. Jonny Quest (and NOT the new one).

          Yes, that’s what Saturday morning consisted of back when people weren’t fucking pussies.

          1. Johnny Quest: Not for pussies.

            I love it!

            1. Watch Race Bannon machine gun some natives. Fuck Yeah!

    4. No, that’s Paddington Begins. Also, that joke is offensive to those of ursine descent.

    5. a darker remake of Paddington where he and Winnie the Pooh snap and wander through London killing and eating victims.

      I would watch the shit out of that.

  8. Peak derp achieved?

    1. No such thing.

  9. It is amazing that ~100 people can sign a letter that speaks for all “MENA” students on campus. I have a novel idea, if a movie offends you, don’t watch it.

    Why do we need to categorize people into groups like MENA?

    1. I wonder how many of those people were actually MENA (I had to look that one up, by the way) in the first place? 1? Maybe 2?

      1. The real question is how many identified as MENA.

        1. “As a student who identifies as an Arab and Middle Eastern student”

          I picked up on the victim-studies lingo too. What the hell is wrong with “is”?

          1. As a person who identifies as a meat popcicle I feel that The Fifth Element I was really hurt by Korben Dallas’ flippant use of the term and also by General Munro’s crass portrayal of my people in the refrigerator scene.

            1. Multipass!

  10. “*Update: But you already know all this, since Nick Gillespie blogged about earlier this morning.”

    At least now we know that no one at Reason coordinates with their coworkers.

    1. That would require some sort of editor-in-chief type of oversight, so fuck your hierarchical white cishet privilege, buddy.

    2. That would be central planning.

      1. dang it.

    3. What are you some kind of communist?

  11. Either movie exposes children to the suggestion of a right to bear arms.

    1. I can’t figure out whether to bow down before the brilliance of this comment or to drag Switzy over here for an eye-narrowing the likes of which you will never forget.

      1. Either will work. I just like the attention.

  12. We used to have porn night (sanctioned) at one of the campus auditoriums.

    What’s wrong with these people?

    1. They all got raped after your hedonist orgies.

    2. Yeah, I wonder when sex week at Yale will be cancelled due to Muslims being offended.

  13. College: Where the finest young minds go to learn how to complain and stamp their feet until they get their way.

  14. Has anyone asked Rand Paul what millennials think about this?

    1. They’re out getting pizza for their weddings.

    2. Asking millennials that question might be a trigger, as well as microaggression, so Rand left it alone.

  15. “not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim…rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer.”

    Instead, they showed Lawrence of Arabia

    1. It was a double feature, the also showed:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crusades_(film)

  16. This proves the axiom of not negotiating with terrorists.

    The correct response to SJWs, from the onset of stupidity, is “fuck off and die in a fire.” The second you cater to their wishes, you’re fucked and the derp never ends. I can always find someone who is upset by anything.

    And I think someone needs to reexamine calling the slippery slope a fallacy.

    1. Yes. SJWs only have power because people care what they think. Because people think they are moral authorities on something. Social ostracism depends on the ostracized person’s desire for the approval and acceptance of the group they are being ostracized from. Stop caring if progressive leftists like you or accept you and they no longer have any power to affect you.

  17. Alt text: A college student. Raping a teddy bear.

    1. “Roar!” means no.

  18. ” anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Eastern (and) North African hate crimes were already skyrocketing”

    “skyrocketing”.

    Why did i hear this

    1. I love that sentence because it’s totally untrue but she feels it to be true, and really isn’t that all that matters?

      1. Yep. Back in the bad-old-days when I was in college I had to provide footnotes, citations, etc… when I made that kind of argument. It was very oppressive and made me feel bad.

        1. “It was very oppressive and made me feel bad.”

          Particularly when I thought it was ‘beer-drinking’ time instead of ‘look up sources’ time.

      2. ” it’s totally untrue but she feels it to be true”

        And NEVER MIND ALL THE BEHEADINGS AND SHIT

    2. OK, I’m calling dibs on “Burt Sugarman”….after he passes, of course.

    3. People have all these videos about skyrockets, but they’re the wrong fuckin’ videos.
      Watch this video about skyrockets in flight..it’ll knock your fucking socks off.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpL3ncoK99U

  19. I think the infantilization started way back in the 80s or 90s. At some point, a teddy bear became an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift for a 20 year old girlfrriend. There was this whole wierd fad where teddy bears started appearing on underwear. I never understood it. I was over stuffed animals by age 12.

    1. So you’re saying you were on top then? Go on…

      1. I wouldn’t say that.
        I just thought teddy bears were a stupid thing to give anyone over the age of 12.

        Also wierdly creepy and sexist. Like you think your girlfriend has the brains of an 8 year old, or that you desire her like you desire an 8 year old.

        1. So you preferred stuffed snakes then? My wife was the same way…

          1. I guess I’m conventional, but I think I preferred flowers and chocolate or sexy lingerie.

            1. Go on…

  20. I’d love to see a citation showing the skyrocketing of anti-Muslimblahblah hate crimes.

    1. I personally like the stat that there are still twice as many anti-Muslim hate crimes as there were before 9/11.

      Basically anti-Muslim hate crimes went from non-existent to ludicrously rare and we’re supposed to be terrified.

      1. Beware idiots bearing a single statistic.

  21. As a student who identifies as an Arab and Middle Eastern student, I feel that ‘American Sniper’ condones a lot of anti-Middle Eastern and North African propaganda

    Kids these days love this “as a *blank* I’m entitled to the following opinion” construction. I hate it. It’s definitely worse than the Holocaust, right? I’m not just overreacting here?

    1. For once you aren’t just overreacting.

    2. It’s not just “as a ****, I feel ****” in order to establish privilege to talk. In fact that isn’t even the main reason to assert credentials.

      They’re mostly doing that to pre-empt any hint or thought of a rebuttal, and to set up for deriding you incessantly for challenging their well-credentialed opinion in the even that you foolishly do decide to rebut.

    3. I seem to remember that bear meat is kosher.

      1. Fuck my phone. Anyhow, what is this “identifies as” bullshit? It would seem to signify that you may or may no be but wish to be treated as. I want to identify as someone who is rich enough not to work and still be able to have nice things. But that’s not what I am. For fuck’s sake.

    4. No, you’re not overreacting at all. They use that construction as a means of claiming their oppressed victim bona fides which then gives them the ability to shut down any speech that offends their delicate sensibilities. It’s not just nauseatingly stupid, it’s dangerous too because it makes them feel like they’re entitled to shut down any argument they don’t like instead of engaging in constructive debates.

      As a result we have an entire generation of whiny cry babies who have never had to have their views on anything challenged, and think it’s right and proper to shut down any discussion by playing the “I’m offended” card. Becaus Zod forbid they have to make an argument. Then they might lose, which would damage their fragile self esteem.

      1. Reminds me of a wedding I attended many years ago. I mentioned to a women (a social worker) that I had been working with some Mexican kids. She immediately corrected me by saying “Latino”. And while I didn’t say anything, in my head I’m thinking, “BUT THEY’RE FROM FUCKING MEXICO!”. Later we got high on weed and had buttseks.

    5. As a student who identifies as an Arab and Middle Eastern student

      That’s nice. Where are actually from?

  22. To be fair- I preferred Paddington as a movie.

  23. I’d kinda like to go back to college just to see how many people I could rape trigger by telling them to go fuck themselves.

  24. I swear to Christ, we are so fucked. If you don’t want to see the movie, don’t fucking watch it. How is that concept so Goddamn hard for these coddled fools to understand?

    How in the Hell are these overgrown children going to survive outside the college womb?

    1. That is because they do not want other people to see the movie. It is not enough that thry do not expose themselves, it that others may develop ideas that they dislike.

      1. It shouldn’t bother me so much but, in a decade or so, these morons will be in charge of HR departments and government agencies.

        Their idiocy will spread like a metastatic cancer. Instead of being cowtowed to, they should mocked/ridiculed/crushed.

    2. How in the Hell are these overgrown children going to survive outside the college womb?

      I believe the plan is to convert the entire country into a protective womb, via SJW bullying.

      Seriously. I think that’s what they are after.

  25. When I was a kid, I used to pretend I was shooting Raymond Burr in the opening of Ironsides with my hockey stick.

    Yup — those were my video games back in the day, not those fancy-shmancy games that kids play these days.

    *yells at TV contestant on Price Is Right*

  26. So, if you’re a student at UM, and, of course, this happy horseshit is now common knowledge, do you wear a sweat shirt that carries the school’s name?
    I can see a market for shirts what say ‘I watched American Sniper’, for instance.

  27. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
    This is what- I do…… ?????? http://www.jobsfish.com

  28. No wonder UM cannot beat OSU in football anymore.

    1. OSU anyone

  29. the University of Michigan really did cancel an upcoming screening of American Sniper after students whined that the movie was offensive. Instead, the university will show Paddington, a movie based on a children’s book.

    I’m really hoping this was intended to be a sarcastic to response on the part of someone in the administration. E.g., “Oh, the poor widdle snowflakes can’t handle a movie about war? Well, maybe the poor dears can make it through Paddington without being triggered. The poor widdle dears…”

  30. A new take on the old joke. What do you call rational students at UofM? Lost.

  31. Evidently the University of Michigan has turned in its “I am a University” credentials. they are now categorized as a Charter Elementary School.

    But perhaps I am being too rough on them. Maybe their student body really is too immature to view adult movies.

  32. “It was released at a time when these anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Eastern (and) North African hate crimes were already skyrocketing and this movie only contributed to that,” he said

    What hate crimes? I don’t recall hearing about any hate crimes targeting muslims recently. Did I miss something? Or is this asshat refering to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and the lip service paid to free speech after the shootings as “hate crimes?” It wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    1. People who invoke “skyrocketing hate crimes” against muslims are ignorant of the fact that jews get a gold medal for being hated upon.

    2. these anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Middle Eastern (and) North African hate crimes were already skyrocketing

      To be fair, there really are a shit-ton of anti-Arab/Muslim/ME/North African hate crimes going on.

      Of course, they are all being committed in the Middle East and North Africa.

  33. Paddington? Is someone trolling the whining students?

    1. Yes.

      Although, I’m still hoping for the “April Fools” theory to be true.

      1. I also hope someone with a sense of humor and wants to get expelled hangs a teddy bear in a tree outside the theater. Maybe add some cross-hairs or a khiyeffa on it as well to turn things up to 11.

        That would be a category 5 SJW shitstorm.

  34. Awwww! Poor widdwe UM pussies! They don’t feel safe. They need to retire to their fainting couches.

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