Mizzou shows American Sniper movie despite controversy

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COLUMBIA - Amidst controversy, the University of Missouri decided to go ahead with their showing of the film American Sniper, which came out in December 2014.

The Muslim Student Organization (MSO) at the University originally spoke out against the film. Their organization then recieved threats and harrassment for their views about the movie.

MSO was at a conference durring both nights the movie was playing.

The Missouri Students Association's (MSA) Director of Student Activities Maiya Putmon declined to comment on the decision to play the movie after students voiced their concerns with it being shown. She also stated the decision included other people besides herself.  

MSA president Payton Head, who was also involved with the decision, did not reply to emails sent to him regarding the subject. 

MSO Advisor Farouk Aregbe declined to go on camera about the conflict, but said the decision to play the movie frustrated the organization.

Both parties met before the showing, which allowed MSO to express their concerns with the movie being shown on campus, and afterwards MSA decided to go ahead and still show the movie. 

Aregbe then said MSO moved on to other topics because there was nothing more they could do. 

MSA invited a speaker to give a brief explanation to the film's controversy surrounding it within the Muslim community before and after the movie.

Sanjun Shariff, a praticing Muslim from St. Louis said that the decision to run the movie didn't really bother him.

"We live in a society where people have different views, and they are often expressed, we live in a free society which allows for that," Shariff said. "We are free to believe whatever we want. That's very important to what America is all about. When it comes to various views, its up to the individual to put it in the appropriate context and for organization, especially if its a public organization thats funding views, it should show case a full verity of views."

MU student Madison Candale had a similar opinion.

"I can see how people can find things offensive, but they don't really have to go see a movie," Candale said. "But I don't think that people should be harassed for their opinions, people who harass other people on their opinions are just being inconsiderate."  

The film will be shown again at Memorial Union on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $1.

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