Whitewashing of Stonewall history in new movie #NotMyStonewall – Deprogram Ep 15
By Unicorn Riot
August 13, 2015
New movie coming out end of September about the Stonewall riots in NYC 1969
The “Stonewall” trailer (tagline: “Where pride began”) focuses on a fictional blond man from Kansas, played by the English actor Jeremy Irvine, who moves to New York City and discovers the Stonewall Inn. Soon after, the man is throwing bricks through windows and climbing on cop cars. Director Roland Emmerich, who is openly gay and best known for apocalyptic blockbusters like “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” has described the film as “a labor of love.” But critics say they believe Emmerich’s movie, is going to whitewash history and erase the contributions of the transgender activists, drag queens and people of color who were there at the beginning of the riots.
“To all considering watching the newest whitewashed version of queer history,” Cordova-Goff’s petition says, “it is time that black and brown transwomyn and drag queens are recognized for their efforts in the riots throughout the nation.”
The resemblance is uncanny (the actual trans woman of color Marsha P Johnson who threw the first brick, vs the fictional “Danny” from kansas portrayed throwing the brick in the movie)