A Real ‘Passion of the Christ’ Crowd

Michael Moore perfectly captures liberal elite disdain for all-things-traditional and all-things-military. From FNC:

In a long question and answer session published on the website Vice.com, Moore, who was widely criticized by everyone from Kid Rock to John McCain for tweets saying snipers were cowards, said he witnessed firsthand the film’s audience demographic when he saw “American Sniper” in the politically liberal neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York, N.Y.

“I went there on the second night of the opening. It was only in four theaters in the country. I like Clint Eastwood, and I wanted to see this movie. Frankly it had the best trailer and best TV ads of any movie of the year,” he said. “But when I got there, from the popcorn line to inside the theater, I said, ‘Oh my God. Look around, we’re in the Village and no one from the Village is here.'”

Moore said he realized he was watching the film with people predominantly not from the area, and largely from military backgrounds. Moore said he appreciated seeing the film in that context. “I was so happy sitting with this audience because they were very affected by it,” he said. “There were tears. People were having a reaction to it.”

Moore said he thinks the movie’s appeal skews toward an audience that doesn’t usually see movies.

It just felt like a real ‘Passion of the Christ’ crowd. People who would normally wait for it to go on video or see it on TV but wanted that collective feeling of sitting there with others,” he said.

“The Passion of the Christ,” a film directed by Mel Gibson about the final 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life, grossed a reported $600 million. “American Sniper” stands at almost $250 million after its Super Bowl weekend take. Variety.com calls the figure “an unbelievable result for an adult drama about such hard-hitting topics as war and its psychological effects.”

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