Social media has been in a tizzy ever since the first trailer for the film Stonewall was released last week. Based on the two-and-a-half minute preview, many people feel the film doesn’t depict enough trans people or people of color, and have accused filmmakers of “whitewashing” the entire gay rights movement. Some have gone so far as to launch personal attacks at director Roland Emmerich on Twitter.
As a result of the fervor, nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition vowing to boycott the film when it’s released in September, prompting Emmerich to issue a statement asking them to please wait and see the film before passing judgment. The film’s co-writer Jon Rabin Baitz released a similar statement. As did actor Jeremy Irvine, who plays the film’s fictional lead character.
What do you think? Does boycotting a movie about based on its two-and-a-half minute trailer make sense? Or should people wait and see it before getting upset? Sound off in the comments section below.