The director received heavy criticism in 2015 for his depiction of the events at Stonewall, with many critics claiming the film whitewashed the Stonewall narrative and erased the drag queens, transgender patrons and queer people of color present during — and largely responsible for — the rebellion.
In The Guardian interview, Emmerich is, once again, dredging up old criticism of the film — and thereby offending an entire community while doing so.
“My movie was exactly what they said it wasn’t,” he told The Guardian. “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.”
Honest isn’t the word I’d use.
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