Controversy sometimes come where one least expects it. Just ask director Roland Emmerich.
As soon as trailers hit the internet for his upcoming film, STONEWALL, some groups began criticizing the director for discounting the role of transgender people and racial minorities in the historic riots of 1969 that took the LGBT fight for gay rights to new heights.
Sure, the original trailer focused on one of the handsome (white) stars, which in and of itself isn’t necessarily a sin. But it has understandably raised eyebrows as to how the movie itself will portray the true gay rights pioneers, regardless of race or gender identity.
Even though it’s set against a real-life event, the story does focus on a fictional character named Danny (Jeremy Irvine), who’s kicked out of his house and heads to NYC. A group of new friends introduce him to the now-famous gay bar, The Stonewall Inn, and he becomes wrapped up in the drama up to and on that fateful night of June 28, 1969.
Reviews of the final film range from overwhelmingly positive to not-so-positive, so we think it’s important for everyone to see the movie and draw your own conclusion. Don’t read any reviews, simply go in with an open mind.
Because if you can’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a movie by just the trailer. You have to make it to the closing credits.
Then, of course, have at it.
Opens Friday in theaters everywhere
Photo credit: Philippe Bossé
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