U-M sticking with initial plans to show ‘American Sniper’

Bradley Cooper attends the "American Sniper" premiere on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has decided to show the movie “American Sniper” at its originally scheduled time and place.

The school’s Center for Campus Involvement announced Tuesday that it was dropping plans to show the Iraq war drama, after dozens of students complained about portrayals of Arabs and the Middle East in the film. But the center did an about-face Wednesday and said the movie would be shown “in a forum that provides an appropriate space for dialogue and reflection,” instead of during Friday’s UMix event.

The school changed course again Wednesday night and announced the blockbuster will be shown at the originally scheduled time and location. The university also will show an alternative movie, “Paddington,” at the same time.

“American Sniper” is based on the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle.

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