Last month, the University of Michigan became involved in a controversy related to American Sniper, the biopic about Chris Kyle, one of the most prolific snipers in American military history. The school's decision to show the flick on campus was met by protests from students who felt Muslims and Middle Easterners were unfairly stereotyped and depicted in a negative way throughout the film. The university first elected to cancel the viewing of American Sniper, before backtracking and calling that decision "a mistake."
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh sent out a tweet in support of the movie, saying his players would watch it and he didn't care if it offended anyone. Apparently, the tweet did offend some, and according to MLive.com, Harbaugh will meet with a group of Muslim students who were unhappy about his public stance.
MLive's Brendan Quinn has the details.
The meeting, confirmed Wednesday morning by a U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, will be an opportunity for Harbaugh to sit down with "a small group of Muslim students" who protested the university's showing of the movie and were upset by Harbaugh's public support of the film.
"He's agreed to meet with them to hear their concerns about the movie, which you probably know the coach supported," Fitzgerald told MLive in an email. "The meeting has been scheduled for several weeks."
Harbaugh has yet to coach a game at U-M, but his first few months in Ann Arbor have been eventful. This is just the latest example of that. At the very least, this meeting should provide some thought-provoking conversation between both sides.