The director of an upcoming film that depicts the 1969 Stonewall Riots addressed the controversy surrounding the film's trailer -- released this week -- through a post on his Facebook.
Roland Emmerich, who directed "Stonewall," which hits theaters on September 25, defended his film against an intense backlash based on its recently released trailer, which some queer and trans activists claim misrepresents who was actually at Stonewall on the night of the famous riots.
Stonewall, often cited as the beginning of the mainstream gay rights movements, took place on June 28, 1969 when police raided the now iconic New York City gay bar, prompting its patrons to fight back against policing and violence aimed at the queer community. Some activists, after viewing the trailer, have claimed that the film "whitewashes" the narrative and erases the drag queens, transgender patrons and queer people of color present during the night of the rebellion.
Emmerich responded on Facebook yesterday:
In the post, Emmerich emphasizes that the movie is a "fictionalized drama" of the events at Stonewall. He also addressed concerns that "Stonewall" overlooks important historical figures, writing that following the film's release "audiences will see that it deeply honors the real-life activists who were there -- including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Ray Castro -- and all the brave people who sparked the civil rights movement which continues to this day."
The outrage surrounding the trailer for "Stonewall" has culminated in a proposed boycott of the film. A petition making it's rounds on the Web calls on queer people to not pay to see the film and to "use social media to recall what you know to be true of Stonewall."
What do you think about Emmerich's response? Will you still see the "Stonewall"? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE: One of the stars of "Stonewall," Jeremy Irvine, released a statement on his Instagram about the controversy:
Also on HuffPost:
How to vote
Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline: Varies by state
For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Each state has its own rules for mail-in absentee voting. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.Get more informationTrack ballot status
In-person early voting dates: Varies by state
Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Visit your state election office website to find out whether they offer early voting.My Election Office
General Election: Nov 3, 2020
Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/localityMy Polling Place