Why I Didn't Ignore Torture in Zero Dark Thirty
Kathryn Bigelow addresses controversy surrounding her film
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 7:15 AM CST
This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows elite Navy SEALs raiding Osama Bin Laden's compound in the dark night in "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

(Newser) – Kathryn Bigelow addresses the brouhaha surrounding her film Zero Dark Thirty in the Los Angeles Times, and wonders whether all the ire over torture scenes is misdirected. Wouldn't it make more sense to be angry "at those who instituted and ordered these US policies, as opposed to a motion picture that brings the story to the screen"? After all, Bigelow is against torture, and "depiction is not endorsement." If you confuse the two, you run the risk of taking away our "right to shine a light on dark deeds."

Bigelow is proud of her decision not to gloss over the realities of the Osama bin Laden raid. The bottom line is that torture played a role in the government's search for the terrorist, at least in the early days. "It does seem illogical to me to make a case against torture by ignoring or denying the role it played in US counterterrorism policy and practices," Bigelow writes. "War, obviously, isn't pretty, and we were not interested in portraying this military action as free of moral consequences." But at the same time, we should remember and appreciate the bravery of those who eventually took down bin Laden. Click for Bigelow's full column.

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crypticvalentin
Jan 18, 2013 1:18 AM CST
all you have to know is this:Liz Cheney loved this movie..that's it..
sobe
Jan 16, 2013 1:32 PM CST
It's not that you should have ignored it, it's that you misrepresented the truth that torture didn't lead to Bin Laden's capture. No one is saying that they are mad at you for putting torture in the movie to begin with... people are mad with you because you made it look like torture was the best tool used by the military to catch him. You, Ms. Bigelow, used the movie to push a GOP message that torture is necessary and useful, and therefore acceptable. That makes it disgusting what you did, and it makes your movie as a whole disgusting. You lied to push your GOP message, and it honestly seemed like Cheney himself was a producer of the movie. I wouldn't be surprised. You are definitely a troll of the GOP. Shame on you! I don't believe you for one second that you disapprove of torture.
john09
Jan 16, 2013 10:06 AM CST
Those were the second most satisfying scenes in the movie, only behind Bin Laden getting shot (spoiler alert).