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Michelle Obama Defends 'American Sniper' & Military Veterans

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Michelle Obama saw the Oscar nominated film, "American Sniper" and was very moved by the war drama. The First Lady urged Hollywood to give a more accurate portrayal of veterans and defended the biopic which has received criticism for its depiction of war. Although the movie has been ruling at the box office, criticism is around that the film glorifies murder, and serves as war propaganda.

US First Lady Michelle Obama has praised "American Sniper" for its depiction of military families and "the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure". American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for best actor for his portrayal of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle at the upcoming Oscars, also joined Obama to launch "6 Certified" with representatives from Warner Bros., National Geographic Channels and the Producers Guild of America.

Obama spoke to a gathering in Washington on Friday organised by 'Got Your 6', a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in "American Sniper," was one of the panellists at the event.

Michelle Obama Defends 'American Sniper' & Military Veterans

"The number one movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family. While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years," she said.

Obama said that the movie "reflects those wrenching stories that I've heard - the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure. The complicated moral decisions they are tasked with every day. The stresses of balancing love of family with a love of country. And the challenges of transitioning back home to their next mission in life."

"While I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I've heard firsthand from military families over these past few years," the First Lady added.

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