Jeremy Irvine, the star of the upcoming movie Stonewall, is responding to LGBT activists who have called for a boycott of the film.
Director Roland Emmerich has been accused of “whitewashing” for revolving the plot of the historical drama around a fictional white, cisgender male protagonist.
“To anyone with concerns about the diversity of the #StonewallMovie, I saw the movie for the first time last week and can assure you all that it represents almost every race and section of society that was so fundamental to one of the most important civil rights movements in living history,” Jeremy wrote on his Instagram account.
“Marsha P Johnson is a major part of the movie, and although first hand accounts of who threw the first brick in the riots vary wildly, it is a fictional black transvestite character played by the very talented Vladimir Alexis who pulls out the first brick in the riot scene,” he continued. “My character is adopted by a group of street kids whilst sleeping rough in New York. In my opinion, the story is driven by the leader of this gang played by Jonny Beauchamp who gives an extraordinary performance as a Puerto Rican transvestite struggling to survive on the streets.”
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