Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Some of you know that I am a movie nut. I love watching movies, and talking about movies. Now there is this uncomfortable trend in Hollywood right now with Africa. Lots of good movies that attract attention to the troubled region and perhaps are bringing due attention to the west. The part that bothers me is how much of this is a fad, including with recent adoptions by Madonna and such. So here's a rant about a movie BLOOD DIAMOND that I was hoping to see and which I thought would give some good due attention to the atrocities in Africa and lack of care or help from the west. Instead this is what I read in the news:
"Executives at movie giant Warner Brothers have been accused of exploiting African amputees to garner publicity for new movie Blood Diamond. The studio handpicked 27 teenage and child amputees from South African hospitals to appear as extras in the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film and promised to provide prosthetic limbs as well as a small salary for their contribution. However, more than three months after filming wrapped, the kids are reportedly still waiting for their new limbs and local charity Eastern Cape has been forced to outfit them instead to avoid their disappointment. A Warner Brothers representative allegedly told the victims, "You will have to wait for December, when the movie comes out, so we can get some publicity out of it." (source) "
Well thank you Warner Brothers that you have made a film to bring attention of exploitations of Africa and also managed to kick them in the groin...