NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Some critics are slamming the new movie 'Stonewall' claiming it is whitewashing history. The film is about the landmark Stonewall Inn and the police raid there in 1969 which was a pivotal moment in the gay rights movement. "It is really upsetting. We put so much heart and love into this movie," says star Jonny Beauchamp.
Director Roland Emmerich ended up funding the movie after it was rejected by every major studio.
It was a story he felt had to be told.
"They would go to the Stonewall to seek refuge. The cops showed up all the time. It was also one of the hottest summers in history. Stonewall had already been raided that week so everyone thought it was safe to go down there," said Beauchamp.
The bar was raided again and the patrons fought back.
Riots continued for several days resulting in dozens of arrests and injuries.
Critics say the film erroneously condenses the violence into one night and eliminates key players in the gay movement.