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‘Stonewall’ Continues Damage Control With Flashy Poster That Plays Homage To The Gay Liberation Front

'Stonewall' Continues Damage Control With Flashy Poster That Plays Homage To The Gay Liberation Front

A second, more joyful poster for Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” has been released, putting people of color front and center in what is a clear attempt at playing down the increasing controversy over its representational qualities

Characters of color Ray/Ramona (Jonny Beauchamp) and Marsha P. Johnson (Otoja Abit, playing the real life iconic transwoman) join a quartet of white characters in the poster, which Emmerich told OUT is meant as a reference to another image: 

“This image famously used by the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 was my inspiration for the Stonewall poster,” Emmerich said. “It perfectly captures the triumphant, jubilant feeling of the time.”

“Stonewall” premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in just a few weeks before hitting theaters September 25th. The controversy surrounding it is certain to heat up between now and then, and recently received another jolt via this interview between Michael Musto and Titus Montalvo, a Puerto Rican-American hairdresser who was at the Stonewall riots. With regard to the potential white-washing that has been a large part of the protests that came out of the film’s trailer, Montalvo said that “at least 70% of the crowd on the first night of the riots were Hispanic or Black” and that “the majority of people at Stonewall were either drag queens or gay men of color. You could never go to Julius [a nearby bar] unless you were extremely conservative and well dressed. We were never allowed there.”

Read that interview in full here

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