Over the weekend, The Intercept published a piece decrying war movies that celebrate “problematic” notions about masculinity, like that men who put themselves into harm’s way should be respected and admired:

Peter Maass writes:

Hollywood has shown itself capable of making excellent war movies (think “Three Kings,” “Paths of Glory,” and “The Best Years of Our Lives”), but most are problematic. Some of the biggest war movies of the post-9/11 era don’t just show violence in ways that are often gratuitous and occasionally racist. They model a cliched form of masculinity that veers from simplistic to monstrous.

For instance, you can see Rambo and John Wayne return to life in the latest war blockbuster, “12 Strong,” which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also brought us “Black Hawk Down.” “12 Strong” is an extravaganza about a Special Forces team that fought the Taliban in Afghanistan in the weeks and months after 9/11. During the movie’s pivotal scene, the leader of the Green Berets, played by Chris Hemsworth (the grievously handsome star of the Thor franchise), decimates a hive of Taliban fighters with his rifle ablaze as he gallops ahead on his fearless horse (yes, he’s riding a horse). In the same way that Hemsworth’s assault weapon goes rat-tat-tat and the bad guys fall like bulleted dominoes, the scene itself checks off one born-in-Hollywood cliché after another: of the rugged gunslinger, the warrior in camo, good versus evil, the modern vanquishing the profane, a man at his fullest.

Sean Parnell, a former U.S. Army Ranger, fought alongside the kinds of men whose masculinity Maass finds so “simplistic” and “monstrous,” and he didn’t hesitate to put in his own two cents:

Well said, sir!

And there was plenty more where that came from:

We definitely like it.

A lot of hatred from a lot of people who refuse to be grateful for the freedoms afforded to them by brave, masculine men.

Fortunately, despite all of the ignorance Parnell’s been forced to contend with, he still gets plenty of respect: