First Kathryn Bigelow was attacked by douchebag maximus Bret Easton Ellis who tweeted, with his signature nuance and misogyny, “Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting film-maker if she was a man but since she’s a very hot woman she’s really overrated.” Then, on a more substantive level, senatorswrote a letter expressing their “deep disappointment” with the film, which they called a “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information” that led to bin Laden’s capture. The Center for Constitutional Rights and Human Rights Watch also criticizedthe film. At the New York Times Frank Bruni called the film “the political conundrum of the year, a far, far cry from the rousing piece of pro-Obama propaganda that some conservatives feared it would be.” And the film’s Washington DC premiere was met with a political protest.
Wednesday, Bigelow penned an op-ed in her own defense, in which she made clear her stance on torture:
First of all: I support every American’s 1st Amendment right to create works of art and speak their conscience without government interference or harassment. As a lifelong pacifist, I support all protests against the use of torture, and, quite simply, inhumane treatment of any kind.
But I do wonder if some of the sentiments alternately expressed about the film might be more appropriately directed at those who instituted and ordered these U.S. policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen.