9/11 Flight Attendant's Family Wants Apology at Oscars
They object to use of her voice in 'Zero Dark Thirty'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2013 8:30 AM CST
This publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures shows director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal on the set of "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)

(Newser) – The opening of Zero Dark Thirty includes the voice of 9/11 flight attendant Betty Ann Ong on a call before her plane hit the World Trade Center, much to the displeasure of her family. So much so that if the film takes home an Oscar tomorrow night, the family wants a public apology at the ceremony, reports the New York Times. They also want Sony to specify on its website and on home versions of the movie that the family does not condone torture; to give Ong a credit; and to donate to a charity set up in her name.

“I thought it was just outrageous, and totally poor judgment, and an abuse of the voices,” says her brother. It's not clear whether Sony will comply. A statement in response says the film "is, in some small way, a tribute to those forever affected by the attacks.” And in an email to the Times, writer Mark Boal added, "As the 9/11 commission justly proclaimed, Betty Ong is without a doubt one of our national heroes.” It's one more controversy for the film, previously dogged by complaints about the filmmakers' access to the White House and their depiction of torture.

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Feb 23, 2013 10:33 PM CST
The industry has no shame and your money!
Feb 23, 2013 10:11 PM CST
I don't understand the family's objections, but I'm not grieving over the murder of a family member. As an American and a human being, I grieve over the loss of all those murdered in the 9-11 attacks. I've heard her voice on documentaries and news reports, but perhaps Hollywood should not have used her real voice for a movie. How many people believe Hollywood's movie versions of historical events are accurate anyway? I love historical movies. I have tons of them in my private DVD collection. "Torah, Torah, Torah", "Pearl Harbor", "The Right Stuff", "The Great Raid", "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Longest Day", "Salvador" and on and on and on. But do I now or have I ever believed those movies were fully accurate? No. They make me want to learn the truth, though. My book library is overflowing with books on the subjects of movies I have seen or heard about. I often purchase DVD documentaries on the events, too. I will probably purchase Zero Dark Thiry, Argo, and others about historical events. But, I won't get my history from them. They will entertain me and make me curious. That's it. On another tangent, I hate this time of the year when the entertainment industry holds all of these awards ceremonies. It's just a bunch of ego driven, self-important people patting themselves on the back for doing their jobs: entertaining us.
Feb 23, 2013 5:00 PM CST
The Ong family should be proud to let their daughter's words, forever be heard. What an honor. You will always exist in your own voice. Forever...