Earlier this week, a trailer for the historical drama “Stonewall” hit the Internet. And though the film tackles an event of tremendous importance — the 1969 Stonewall Riots, which is widely credited for kicking off the gay rights movement — there appears to be a heck of a lot wrong with it.
In this week’s episode of “Decoded,” Franchesca Ramsey explains why the film isn’t sitting well with LGBT activists who aren’t happy that the protagonist is a white, cisgender man. They have a valid point — many real-life heroes of the riots were transgender minorities… who seemingly don’t play a big part in the movie.
On Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6), “Stonewall” director Roland Emmerich responded to the backlash on Twitter with a statement defending his film.
“I understand that following the release of our trailer there have been initial concerns about how this character’s involvement is portrayed,” Emmerich wrote. “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. […] We are all the same in our struggle for acceptance.”
Even so, an online petition urging people to boycott the film has already collected thousands of signatures, sparking even more discussion and proving that Hollywood’s whitewashing isn’t being ignored.