“My movie was exactly what they said it wasn’t. It was politically correct. It had black, transgender people in there. We just got killed by one voice on the internet who saw a trailer and said, this is whitewashing Stonewall. Stonewall was a white event, let’s be honest. But nobody wanted to hear that any more.”
— Openly gay director Roland Emmerich defending his whitewashed 2015 cinematic flop Stonewall, a film which marginalized the people of color, transwomen, butch lesbians and sex workers who actually started the riots by giving all the credit to a hunky, white, cis, gay dude — even the interviewer who reported the quote above pointed out that Emmerich was dead wrong.
In addition to being historically inaccurate (and thus, pretty racist), critics agreed that the film was badly written and directed; we also pointed out that it was strangely sex negative. But at least Emmerich’s upcoming Independence Day sequel has a gay couple in it; that’s progress, right?
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