University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh announced on Twitter Wednesday night that his team will hold a screening of "American Sniper" after the school pulled a showing when some students called it "anti-Muslim."
Michigan Football will watch "American Sniper"! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!— Coach Harbaugh (@Coach Harbaugh)1428543494.0
"Michigan Football will watch 'American Sniper'! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!" the coach tweeted to his nearly quarter-of-a-million followers.
The overwhelming response seemed positive.
.@CoachJim4UM THANK YOU, COACH!— Sandy 〽️ (@Sandy 〽️)1428543564.0
@CoachJim4UM LOVE this tweet so much! thank you for being bold!— Toni Reitter (@Toni Reitter)1428543563.0
@CoachJim4UM , Wins Twitter with every tweet— Beal (@Beal)1428543594.0
@CoachJim4UM Wow! You really are the man coach! I have so much respect for this statement!! Go Blue!— ᔕT〇ᖇMiＮ (@ᔕT〇ᖇMiＮ)1428543598.0
An online letter had previously circulated on the university campus, contending the Academy Award-winning movie "promotes anti-Muslim ... rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer."
The school's Center for Campus Involvement announced later it would replace the Friday showing with "Paddington."
UPDATE — 11:04 p.m. ET: Shortly after coach Harbaugh's tweet, the University of Michigan reversed course and said their decision to cancel the screening was wrong.
. @UMICH statement: It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie "American Sniper” on campus ...— David Jesse (@David Jesse)1428547905.0
. @UMICH: The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the (U-M) places on freedom of expression— David Jesse (@David Jesse)1428547948.0
#UMICH spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said the change of heart came after "further discussion". "American Sniper" will be shown as scheduled— David Jesse (@David Jesse)1428548443.0
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