US comedian Bill Maher slams 'American Sniper' for glorifying 'psychopath patriot' Chris Kyle

He says the film made more money than Hurt Locker because it was less 'thoughtful'

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The Independent US

American satirist Bill Maher has hit out at Hollywood blockbuster American Sniper, saying that it glorifies a “psychopath patriot”.

Mr Maher, who hosts Real Time with Bill Maher on US television channel HBO, said the $90m grossing film lacked the subtlety of the 2008 film Hurt Locker.

“Hurt Locker made $17 million, because it was a little ambiguous. And thoughtful,” Mr Maher said. “And this one is just ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot and we love him.’”

The comedian also criticised comments by the real-life subject of the film, American special forces sniper Chris Kyle.

“I read some of the quotes from the real Chris Kyle … If you’re a Christian — I know this is a Christian country — ‘I hate the damn savages, I don’t give a f*ck what happens to them’ doesn’t seem like a Christian thing to say,” he argued.

Mr Maher made the comments on his television programme on Friday evening.