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There’s Already a Call To Boycott Roland Emmerich’s ‘Stonewall’

There's Already a Call To Boycott Roland Emmerich's 'Stonewall'

Just a day after the trailer was released, there’s already a call to boycott Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall” because of its whitewashing of queer history — taking a story that in large part belongs to black and brown transwomyn and making it about a pretty cisgender white boy. 

Believe us, we are definitely apprehensive about this movie doing that very thing. But we haven’t seen it yet, so we’re not exactly comfortable supporting a boycott until we do. It’s very likely the arguments of the petition will indeed end up being the case, but — and we can’t believe we’re saying this — let’s give Roland Emmerich the benefit of the doubt for now? You can’t always judge a film by it’s trailer.

You can read the petition’s mission statement below and check it out here. 

To all considering watching the newest whitewashed version of queer history, It is time that black and brown transwomyn and drag queens are recognized for their efforts in the riots throughout the nation. From the preview alone, we know that will not be happening . Majority of characters casted are white actors, cis men play the role of transwomyn, and folks who began the riots do not seem to be credited with such revolutionary acts. 

WE ARE CALLING A BOYCOTT OF STONEWALL. Do not throw money at the capitalistic industry that fails to recognize true s/heros. Do not support a film that erases our history. Do not watch Stonewall.

Tell your own history! Use social media to recall what you know to be true of Stonewall. Film your own short films. Make videos, write poems, sing songs. CONTINUE TO TEACH TRUE HISTORY.

Why is this important?


History classes throughout our nation have built a reputation of instructing young generations that white, straight, cis folks are the saviors and founders of this land. Wrong. We were taught that light-skinned people are the goal; the goal to assimilate to. Wrong. We were also rarely taught about queer history, but when we were, it probably revolved around white cis gay men. Wrong.

This film is no different that the history classes that are serving a disservice to every potential viewer. From the previews alone, queer folks have gathered that the centralized character is a white cis gay man. (WHY?) From the previews alone, queer folks have gathered that not many people of color are even in the film. (WHY?) To make this short, we have also gathered that white folks are being credited in throwing the brick, starting the riots, starting the “gay liberation front” and also capturing the heart of a light-skinned transwomyn. (Of course we all fall in love with the white saviors. WRONG.)

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