- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kevin Costner criticized Michael Moore on Tuesday, arguing that the liberal film director should be “brave enough” to take back recent comments in which he called snipers cowards.

“I did take exception to what Michael Moore said,” Mr. Costner said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” to promote his upcoming film “Black or White,” The Daily Caller reported.

“I mean, we practically invented the sniper in the Revolutionary War when we couldn’t take on, hold back the British,” he continued. “And that was the formation, if you look at historically about snipers.”

Mr. Moore took on criticism last week after tweeting during “American Sniper’s” opening weekend that his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War II.

“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 said.

Mr. Costner said he believes coward is “too strong of a word.”

“I think he ought to be smart enough to take it back, brave enough to take it back,” Mr. Costner argued. “When you’re the victim of something, yeah, you can have a perspective. But I think when you get that microphone and you’re a little glib and a little fast, you end up saying stuff like that. And he would have trouble saying that to a roomful of men that go out as young guys, boys, and they’re assigned things because of a skillset and then they go out and they do it the best they can. So, I didn’t like it.”

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