Academy member calls for Oscars boycott of Zero Dark Thirty | Film | guardian.co.uk.
This tidbit of trash happened to show up on the front page of imdb.com on Monday when I was reading about Ben Affleck winning a Golden Globe for Argo.
A few posts back, I wrote about Argo and posted a link to the article that was the story behind the movie. In the past few weeks I’ve read several arguments where others have compared Argo to Zero Dark Thirty (ZD30), mostly because they both deal with our enemy(ies) in the Middle East.
This particular article (link) really pissed me off (please excuse my language). So much so that I actually posted a comment at imdb.com, which I don’t do often. [Comment: What about all the films that condone senseless gun violence that no doubt led to some of the nuts committing mass murder? It’s okay to show those but not to see ZD30? What a hypocrite!]
David Clennon is an American actor, who has an extensive resume of TV and movie work. He, as an Ampas member, would not be voting for Kathryn Bigelow’s film, which has been nominated for five Oscars, because it “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror.”
Many, including other Ampas members are outraged that he would use his status as an Ampas member to speak out this way against a film and attempt to influence the voting process.
His comment has seriously offended me, not near as much as seeing thousands of Americans die at the hands of TERRORists on September 11. (Which was real and not being portrayed in a film.)
With Newtown, CT just passing its one month anniversary and President Obama already in a skirmish with the Washington elected officials regarding new laws on gun control, I commented on imdb.com that David Clennon should have been exercising his “veto” long ago and boycott films that promote and glorify films with blatant gun violence (the 2012 films alone are way too long to list).
What do you think?