People have been up in arms since the first trailer for Roland Emmerich’s new film Stonewall was released last week. Based on the two-and-a-half minute preview, they feel the trailer does not depict enough trans people or people of color, and have accused filmmakers of “whitewashing” the gay rights movement.
As a result of the fervor, nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition vowing to boycott the film. This prompted Emmerich to release a statement on his official Facebook page last week asking them to please wait and see the film before passing judgment.
“We are all the same in our struggle for acceptance,” Emmerich wrote.
Now, Larry Kramer has joined the debate. And in true Kramer fashion, he does not back his feelings about the naysayers.
In a comment posted under Emmerich’s response, Kramer called those who oppose the film “crazies” and urged others not to listen to them.
“Don’t listen to the crazies,” Kramer wrote. “For some reason there is a group of ‘activists’ that insists on maintaining their prime importance and participation during this riot.”
“Unfortunately, there seems no one left alive to say ‘it wasn’t that way at all,’ or ‘who are or where the fuck were you?’”
Kramer continued by saying he hopes “this boycott your film shit peters out” and reminding everyone that refusing the support a film about gay rights that is getting a widespread release by a major film studio “is only hurting ourselves.”
He concluded the post by wishing Emmerich “good luck and thank you for your passion.”
What do you think? Does Kramer have a point? Does boycotting Stonewall help or hurt the advancement of gay rights? Sound off in the comments section below.