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Julianne Moore & Ellen Page Were Banned From Filming At A Catholic School Because Their Film Is About A Lesbian Couple!

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Well this is super disappointing to hear about!

Ellen Page and Julianne Moore are currently shooting a powerful film titled Freeheld, where they play a lesbian couple pretty much fighting for basic human rights.

Well, when looking for a location to shoot a particular scene, the scouts found Salesian High School in the New York area, which is a Catholic school, that could pass as a town hall.

Sounds perfect, right?

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Well, after initially approving the shoot to happen on the school's grounds, the principal John Flaherty let one of the films producers, Michael Shamberg, know that they had changed their minds.

Michael explained:

'They turned us down because of the subject matter. The school has approved other shoots in the past. The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne. Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area.'

WOW! Well, that's certainly infuriating to know.

He explained his defense in an email back to the principal, stating his case.

Michael said:

'[The film is] not about gay marriage, nor are the women attempting to get married. It is about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant. I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized just yesterday when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people.'

Well, the principal said he would pass along the email to the school's president, Father John Serio, but after that they didn't hear anything.

Radio silence.

One of the producers on the film, Kelly Bush, explained their frustration with the incident.

She said:

'Freeheld captures the inequality and bigotry that one couple faced while coping with cancer and the end of life. That our film was denied access to a location because of the subject matter — a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights — illustrates just how important it is that this story be told.'

However, the criticisms didn't end there.

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Ellen even took to her Twitter to call out the high school on their bigotry and discrimination against the film and it's subject matter.

She tweeted:

Preach it, Ellen! It's sad we have to live in a world like this…

But people will only change when they want to! Sigh.

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6 comments to “Julianne Moore & Ellen Page Were Banned From Filming At A Catholic School Because Their Film Is About A Lesbian Couple!”

  1. courageous? says – reply to this


    Just like that. They should try their luck near a young girls Muslim school…

  2. Bridget says – reply to this


    that's the school's right. They don't believe in homosexuality, so it makes sense that they wouldn't allow a movie about JUST THAT at their school. it's not bigotry, it's freedom of thought. everyone is entitled to an opinion, damn.

  3. 3

    I'm all for LGBT rights, I'm bi myself… but what do you expect? You can't dip your toes in religion with it… movie or not..

  4. Sebrina says – reply to this


    I am catholic, pro choice, pro gay marriage… Please stop bashing our old school grouchy fathers… Let them have time to "come around".

  5. Elle says – reply to this


    Bigotry? We are all aware of the Catholic stance on gays so everyone needs to grow up and deal with it. It is their right to decline and it is your right to go somewhere else. Cut it out!!!

  6. Ed says – reply to this


    Re: BridgetRe: Elle – are fools