Jim Harbaugh supports 'American Sniper'

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Jim Harbaugh is leaving no doubt about his opinion on the "American Sniper" debate at the University of Michigan.

The Michigan football coach took to Twitter on Wednesday night to support the film about U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which has come under scrutiny at the university because of a screening scheduled for Friday.

The planned screening of the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, was canceled Tuesday. Students who protested the screening said the film "condones a lot of anti-Middle Eastern and North African propaganda," according to sophomore Lamees Mekkaoui, who started a petition to get the screening canceled.

On Wednesday, Michigan's Center for Campus Involvement said on Twitter it planned to show the film "in a separate forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue & reflection. More info to come."

Later Wednesday, the university reversed that decision.

"It was a mistake to cancel the showing of the movie 'American Sniper' on campus as part of a social event for students," E. Royster Harper, UM vice president for student life, said Wednesday. "The initial decision to cancel the movie was not consistent with the high value the University of Michigan places on freedom of expression and our respect for the right of students to make their own choices in such matters.

"The movie will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location."

Even before the decision to reinstate the original time and place, Harbaugh said the movie would not be off-limits to his team.

"Michigan Football will watch "American Sniper"! Proud of Chris Kyle & Proud to be an American & if that offends anybody then so be it!," he tweeted Wednesday night.