THE trailer for the new Stonewall movie released earlier this week has been met with some backlash, with many on social media criticising it is “a white-washing” a pivotal moment in LGBTI history.

The outcry against the less-than two-and-a-half minute clip — which shows snippets of the film’s fictional re-telling and characters based around the historic riots of 1969 in New York City — has gone as far as online petitions urging people to boycott the film before it has even been released.

One of the petitions include one created by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, which clocked up over 11,000 signatures in 24 hours.

The petition states: “It is time that black and brown transwomyn and drag queens are recognised 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 playing the role of transwomyn, and folks who began the riots do not seem to be credited with such revolutionary acts.

“We are call calling a boycott of Stonewall. Do not throw money at the capitalistic industry that fails to recognise true s/heros. Do not support a film that erases our history. Do not watch Stonewall.”

On Facebook, a post by the film’s director, Roland Emmerich, also drew intense criticism in the ensuing comment thread:

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Meanwhile, in a recent YouTube video blog post, trans woman Pat Cordova-Goff also expressed her dissatisfaction with the up-coming movie.

“I am not happy, and you wanna know why? Because in the two minutes and twenty two seconds of that preview, you know what I saw,” she said.

“I saw yet another chance for white America to be like white people saved the gays.”


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