All anyone has to know...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All anyone has to know...

...about actor, political activist and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting member David Clennon's call for an Oscar boycott of director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" over its depiction of torture by the CIA in its hunt for the admitted architect behind the 11 Septem­ber 2001 attacks, is who were the first to support him.

Actors Martin Sheen and Ed Asner, an ex-president of the Screen Actor's Guild, quickly jumped on Clennon's little red wagon... can Ed Begley Jr. and James Cromwell be far behind?

The film is currently screening at the Hampton Arts... Jeanne and I saw it Saturday and recommend it highly.


1. 1340 said...

I wonder, if this were a book rather than a film, would they endorse buring it?

Perhaps, but they'd petition to have it removed from library shelves.

2. Rob F. said...

So they call for a boycott of a movie that depicts, if accurate, acts of arguable torture that are an important part of telling the story of one of the most historic events in recent history. But did they also call for a boycott of any of the torture-porn movies, like the "Saw" or "Hostel" series, which uses a stream of fictional, gratuitous, and graphic torture scenes purely for entertainment? And if their objection is not to torture per se, but that torture was not actually useful to capture Bin Laden, and thus the movie is historically inaccurate, did these same people ever call to boycott an Oliver Stone film? If not, I call "hypocrite" on them.

You know they didn't, so "hypocrite" is appropriate!

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