Nevertheless, when the group received the protest letter, they cancelled the showing and planned to replace American Sniper by showing the children’s movie Paddington, about a make-believe bear. Their letter to the administration said, “As adults at a public university, we should have the option to view this movie if we so choose and come to our own conclusions.” Most Americans believe that students should not be censored in the name of political correctness.
Michigan’s head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, said that the football team would watch American Sniper regardless of what the administration decided. Harbaugh said he is “Proud of Chris Kyle and proud to be an American. And if that offends anybody, then so be it!” Harbaugh was immediately criticized by Muslim students but he firmly stood his ground. In the end, University of Michigan administrators chose to screen both American Sniper and Paddington, and let the students make their own choice.
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