A restaurant owner in Wyoming, Mich. has banned Michael Moore and Seth Rogen over their recent online comments about the film "American Sniper".
Tommy Brann, who owns Brann's Sizzling Steaks and Sports Bar, lit up his restaurant's marquee with a note to the Hollywood heavyweights reading, "Michael More and Seth Rogen are NOT allowed in my place."
"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 told WOOD 8 news. "That guy [Chris Kyles] is an American hero."
"American Sniper," based on the autobiography of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who is considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, has smashed January box offices records. But some in Hollywood have questioned the ethics of sniper tactics.
Last week Michael Moore tweeted about the film, which spurred a heated debate about support for the military.
"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," he wrote.
Seth Rogen, star of Sony's "The Interview," later tweeted "American Sniper kind of reminds of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds," referencing a fake propaganda film starring a Nazi sniper.
Rogen has since clarified the comparison, saying it wasn't his intent to offend anyone or to say anything with political implications. Moore has fought back claiming he fully supports troops, saying that he only hires Navy SEALS and ex-special forces for when he needs security. But neither has been able to escape the wrath of social media.
If Michael Moore comes in here with a party of two, party of 40, I'll take the 38, but he's not getting served," Brann said to WOOD8. He says the same goes for Rogen.
"American Sniper," directed by Clint Eastwood, recently picked up Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Actor for star Bradley Cooper.