Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture. To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda. This film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an Artist's right of expression is abhorrent. This community, more than any other, should know how reprehensible that is. While we fully respect everyone's right to express their opinion, this activity is really an affront to the Academy and artistic creative freedom. This attempt to censure one of the great films of our time should be opposed. As Kathryn Bigelow so appropriately said earlier this week, "depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time." We believe members of the Academy will judge the film on its true merits and will tune out the wrongful and misdirected rhetoric.
Disclosure, I've met Pascal. I don't 'know' her. I doubt she'd even recognize me if I walked up to her and said hello. She is a friend of C.I.'s. I've encountered her several times through C.I. She's a nice person but I'm not her friend and wouldn't pretend to know her.
Reading the statement today, I'm really getting Thursday's "Iraq snapshot." Zero Dark Thirty got nothing but attacks from a certain rabid and unintelligent segment of the population. And there was no defense of it. Ava and C.I. defended it (see especially "Media: The allure of Bash The Bitch"), Ann defended it.
But there was a campaign against the film and there was no campaign by Sony for the film. They allowed the ridiculous right-winger Glenn Greenwald and a bunch of closeted Communists -- born and in-bred in NYC -- forever lamenting on WBAI about "the little red school house" and thinking they're so cute -- smear the film, attack the film and go to town on it.
The campaign against the film was rooted in sexism. The same people led no such campaign against 24 or its successor Homeland. But when a woman directs a film, they get offended if it's not Merchant Ivory. That fat f**k Bret Easton Ellis made that clear in his sexist comments and comparing Bigelow to Sofia Copola.
All the same men who had attacked the two women who may have been raped by Julian Assange, all those same pigs, were involved in the attack on Bigelow:
Glenn Greenwald, Michael Ratner, Michael S. Smith, Ray McGovern . . .
Go down the list. They're pigs. I consider Debra Sweet a pig as well. To call a protest on a film she hasn't seen? That's not only stupid, that's censorship. World Can't Wait can go straight to hell. And they can take the chicken s**t Center for Constitutional Rights (as defined by Closeted Communists). You know what?
Don't trust f**king Michael Ratner. Don't trust the b.s. Center. They pretend to care about Guantanamo but when Matthew Diaz provided them with a list of 550 prisoners in Guantanamo, they handed that list over to the Justice Dept. getting Diaz prosecuted and disbarred.
That's what the Center did. Where is there apology for that?
Yet Michael Ratner's Julian Assange's attorney? He's going to protect whistle blowers now?
Where's the Center's accountability for what they did to Matthew Diaz?
Hell, where the f**k is there acknowledgment of what they did to Matthew Diaz?
They should be ashamed of themselves.
They wanted a war on women. They're going to find out real quick that the war backfired on them.
They started this war. Tough s**t for them. I'm a photographer, I don't take kindly to a bunch of self-satisfied pricks who've never done anything artistic in their lives -- hold on for a little bit of fun -- deciding that they have the skills to evaluate art and that only their opinion is valid.
You know what's sad. If you've attacked an artist, like so many have Bigelow, I would really hope that my unemployed son wasn't hoping to be a musician. I would really hope that my son, the apple of my eye, wasn't now blackballed in the music industry.
I hope people are happy with their decision to engage in sexism. I hope they realize that women won't stand for it.
Zero Dark Thirty covers what happened. It does so in film language which a dumb ass closeted-Communist attorney would never understand. You have to compress. It has a point of view, the film. It does not argue for torture. I'm sorry that so many people lack the ability to review art. I'm sorry that so many lack critical thought abilities.
I'm really glad that a number of people are working as I type to extract more than a pound of flesh on those who have lied about the film, distorted the film, used sexism and so much more.
For example, when your son's dreams that seemed so close, so in reach, now never come true, remember you killed your own child's chances at happiness.
(Everyone's going to assume I'm referring to C.I. She's actually staying out of it to a degree. She's a resource for a number of people who want to extract revenge. They call her and ask and she'll tell them how to best hit the sexist pigs where it hurts. But so far, she's not actively engaged in this. A male director -- Academy Award winner -- tells me that C.I.'s about to get involved. He knows her, they're very close, and he says that this is C.I. She thinks things through. She tries to get to a calm place so she's not acting out of anger. And when she gets to that calm place, she makes a decision. He thinks she will take part. But at present, she's just a resource. "How do I hurt ____?" "His wife wants to sit on the ______ and thought she'd bought a seat. Call ____, explain what's going on and ____ can ensure that there is no available seat.")
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"