This September, Ronald Emmerich and Jon Robin Baitz’s Stonewall is set to hit theaters. Many are excited for this story to be brought to the big screen. Others are skeptical — and for a good reason. Emmerich and Baitz’s film attempts to tell the story of the Stonewall Riots, which are widely admired and accredited as a critical event of the LGBTQI+ rights movement. But they designated a cisgender white gay male as the lead character while having a few token trans people in the background. No doubt, this movie is documenting this inspiring moment that's rarely taught in schools on a large scale, but it is erasing the contributions of those who started the movement. The initiation of the riots at Stonewall Inn are credited to a black drag queen, Marsha P. Johnson and a Latina trans woman, Sylvia Rivera. These two are nonexistent in the film. Instead, a cis white gay male is the focal point of a wholly fictitious movie, erasing the trans impact on the beginnings of the modern LGBTQI+ rights movement. https://twitter.com/SouthernHomo/status/629043001629671424 The cis/whitewashing seen in this movie is all too common in Hollywood, which is notorious for writing white people into roles meant for people of color. Emma Stone recently played a character who is, in real life, of Chinese and Hawaiian descent. The first African Disney princess is set to be a cis American white girl.
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