Activists Slam Schwarzenegger Film
NEW YORK (AP) _ Colombian activists Sunday said an action movie that was delayed after the Sept. 11 attacks is insulting to Colombians and firefighters.
``Collateral Damage″ stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a firefighter whose wife and son are killed when a Colombian rebel leader sets off a bomb in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger travels to Colombia to seek vengeance against the bomber.
The movie was pulled by Warner Bros. from its Oct. 5 release date out of concern it would be too disturbing after the Sept. 11 attacks. It opens Friday.
At a news conference Sunday, the film was criticized by the Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest who ministers to workers at Ground Zero.
``It is discriminatory against Colombians,″ said Jordan, flanked by professionals and politicians of Colombian descent. ``The sins of the few should not be inflicted on the rest,″ he said, referring to the guerillas in Colombia’s civil war.
Jordan also said making the main character a firefighter who becomes a vigilante is an insult to the firefighters who became heroes after the terrorist attacks.
Jordan said the studio had denied his request for a preview of the film, and he has not seen it.
A spokesperson for the studio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Many of the protesters Sunday said they feared the movie will cement stereotypes that Colombians are drug traffickers and guerillas, rather than hardworking, educated people.