itscomicrelief (itscomicrelief) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

3 whites try to convince us that they didn't whitewash Stonewall

Director of the fictional account of Stonewall, the white lead star of Stonewall and the film's writer have responded to growing backlash for the film changing history and recentering a TWOC led movement to some white boy, beleiving we are not able to look up the Hellman's version of a cast list on IMDB or watching their Best Foods trailer.  None have addressed the full erasure/whitewashing of black lesbian activist Storme DeLarverie either.

Excerpts from these milk bags:
I understand that following the release of our trailer there have been initial concerns about how this character’s involvement is portrayed, but when this film - which is truly a labor of love for me - finally comes to theaters, audiences will see that it deeply honors the real-life activists who were there — including Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Ray Castro (SYLVIA ISN'T EVEN IN THE CAST LIST)— and all the brave people who sparked the civil rights movement which continues to this day. We are all the same in our struggle for acceptance.
Roland Emmerich #AllLivesMatter

To anyone with concerns about the diversity of the ‪#‎StonewallMovie‬. I saw the movie for the first time last week and can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history.
-Jeremy Irvine "I, as a white, can tell you its diverse"

I really do not think that's what this movie is, and as I say below, I could be blind, because when you make a film, the chaos, the uncertainty, the conditions 'on the ground' can lead to a kind of 'snow blindness' to use an ironic phrase. But such an erasure would be heart breaking to me, as a man of principle, who tries to grow wiser and broader in my vision of what the world should be. The movie is about an awakening, one young man's awakening to the reality of what it means to be 'the other'. It is not the definitive story of a revolution; that film has yet to be made (WHY EVEN CALL IT STONEWALL THEN) - but its a humanist's dramatization of how the disenfranchised are empowered by rage, and it traces a point in an arc towards justice that began with the Mattachine Society, continued through the bravery of a group of psychiatrists who refused to accept the pathologizing of homosexuality, and continues today with the fight for marriage equality and is now starting to focus on trans rights. It's a point on an arc, a moment, a story -- the prejudgements are understandable to me, and there's not much I can do except be honest about my role in making the movie, and our intentions
-Jon Robin Baitz
Sources embedded above

This needs to flop hardcore.  If you can't do it right don't do it at all
Tags: fanfiction, film - drama, race / racism

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