Well this is super disappointing to hear about!
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?
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.
‘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.
‘[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.
One of the producers on the film, Kelly Bush, explained their frustration with the incident.
‘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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a same-sex couple fighting for their legal rights ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ illustrates just how important it is that this story be told.’
However, the criticisms didn’t end there.
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.
Using religion to justify bigotry makes me sad. Sending my support 2 the LGBT students at the school who I hope r able 2 find acceptance.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ellen Page (@EllenPage) October 21, 2014
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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