Tommy Brann, the owner of Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille in Wyoming, Mich., has explicitly banned documentary maker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen, for negative comments regarding the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper, according to WoodTV 8, a local NBC affiliate.
The film is based on the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal whose 160 confirmed kills qualify Kyle as the most lethal sniper in American military history.
Shortly after the film was released in theaters, Moore indirectly referenced the film when he wrote that his uncle had been killed by a sniper during World War II and that “snipers aren’t heroes.”
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
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
Rogen, meanwhile, took to Twitter to draw a comparison between American Sniper and a scene from Quentin Tarantino’s film, Inglorious Basterds, which quickly snowballed on social media to suggest that Rogen was comparing the film to Nazi propaganda.
American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 18, 2015
Both Moore and Rogen later clarified their points of view, with Moore publishing a Facebook post to remind readers that he had never been asked his opinion of the film, and Rogen tweeting that he enjoyed the film and that his comment had been blown entirely out of proportion.
Brann told the station that after reading the initial tweets, he decided to make his own statement in the form of the sign.
“For 43 years I’ve been a small business man because of the Chris Kyles of the world, and I have a right to not serve the Michael Moores and the Seth Rogens,” Brann said. “That guy is an American hero.”