Monday, August 10, 2015

Interesting Quote: Larry Kramer

"Don't listen to the crazies. For some reason there is a group of 'activists' that insists on maintaining their prime importance and participation during this riot. Unfortunately there seems no one left alive to say 'it wasn't that way at all,' or 'who are or where the fuck were you.' As with so much history there is no way to 'prove' a lot of stuff, which allows artists such as yourself (and me I might add) to take essences and attempt to find and convey meaning and truth. I sincerely hope this boycott your film shit peters out. We are not dealing with another 'Cruising' here. Keeping your film from being seen is only hurting ourselves. Good luck and thank you for your passion."

Not the best way to handle this, Larry. Not at all.



Bob Slatten said...

He has a point, but then call the film "The Essence of Stonewall" and we can all sleep easier.

Kyle Leach said...

V, it way for horrible way for him to respond. Larry is either showing his age or playing his privilege. No one left alive? REALLY? NO RECORD, REALLY? Larry is just speaking to the cis white G and thinks the rest of the community will just let it go. In a different time we might have. Not now.

Re-writing of history for pop culture marketing or making money are two of the worst reasons to rewrite history. They easily could have made a fictional film and simply called it "Danny." They didn't. In fifty years the references and qualifiers for this film will be buried. So will our voices speaking out about the trailer and the historical re-writing. People will except everything in it as truth, including the faux white cis male savior, not knowing the fiction it is. We have seen this time and time again, especially with Hollywood films. Roland Emmerich didn't have to do it his way, but he made the choice to do this. He and the "writer" deserve every ounce of grief and hardship they get.