(PHILADELPHIA) — Political conservatives have raised an outcry online after seeing American Sniper star Bradley Cooper among attendees at the Democratic National Convention in the actor’s hometown of Philadelphia.
Cooper earned critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his turn in the 2014 hit film about Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range in 2013, allegedly by a former U.S. Marine he was trying to help.
Kyle — who served four tours in Iraq and was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history — has been held up as an icon of conservative ideals.
Fans of Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle took to Twitter to register their extreme displeasure at seeing the 41-year-old actor at the event on Wednesday night.
“Guess I’ve seen my last Bradley Cooper movie,” said one, echoing similar tweets calling for a boycott of the Oscar nominated actor’s films.
Others on Twitter pointed out that playing a character in a movie didn’t require the actor to actually share the character’s views.
“People being upset Bradley cooper who played the American Sniper is not a republican [sic] is like me being upset he is not a real space raccoon,” snarked one.
Incidentally, that tweet was retweeted by the writer/director of the movie to which that was referring, Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn. He added, “Admittedly, every time I see Bradley I’m a little upset he’s not a space raccoon. But I deal.”