Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Movie About Stonewall Centering Fictional White Cis Dude Tanks

Accurate representation of attempt to make this movie.

The call to boycott Stonewall, a film about the iconic Stonewall Riots that were sparked by trans women of color but somehow managed to have a white cis gay main character, was an enormous success. Stonewall was the opposite of an enormous success.

It didn't help that reviewers trashed the fuck out of it.

22 Hilarious Excerpts From Scathing Reviews of “Stonewall”

If you hate the very idea of this movie, as you probably do if you're not a white cis person, then the above list should be rather enjoyable. My personal favorite, keeping in mind that the film's director also did Independence Day, is as follows (in longer form than on the list):

Real-life Stonewall hero Marsha P. Johnson only gets a little screen time, and is played as comic relief, flatly, by Otoja Abit. Many of the characters who don’t look and sound like Danny are rendered as jokes, silly people who need Danny’s relatively rugged masculinity to get them angry and organized. Stonewall is ultimately yet another cartoonish fantasy about white saviors and square-jawed heroes; it should be called Independence Gay.

INDEPENDENCE GAY. GIVE THAT CRITIC A RAISE.

Anyway, the film had a terrible opening night, getting back only a tiny fraction of what it cost to make it.

I do not understand how the decision to cast a white cis dude as the hero who threw the first brick at Stonwall when in reality it was a trans woman of color got through. Did no one stand up and say "this will not only fail to attract your standard ignorant cishet movie-goer but will undoubtedly piss of anyone who actually knows what happened at Stonewall"? What audience is left? Ignorant white cis gay men?

Someone Kickstarter an accurate Stonewall movie.

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