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Hollywood Activists Zero In on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Torture Scene

sheen-asner-zeroMartin Sheen and Ed Asner, the liberal conscience of Hollywood, have joined the protest against Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Zero Dark Thirty,” for the way it portrays torture in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

What’s worse, Sheen and Asner are contacting other voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out Oscars.

They are appealing to them to think about whether they want to vote for the film for best picture because in their eyes it glorifies torture, according to CBS in Los Angeles.

Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal had this to say: “Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture. To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda.”

The film shows tortured prisoners providing crucial information that led to bin Laden. Navy seals invaded the terrorist leader’s Pakistan compound last year and killed bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.

Actor David Clennon began the campaign urging other Academy members to boycott the film, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Two top senators on the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees, who are privy to classified CIA information, both said “Zero Dark Thirty’s” portrayal of torture in the capture of bin Laden is inaccurate.

Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) issued their statements last spring after a book by former CIA agent Jose Rodriguez made similar claims.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and a survivor of torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, also denounced the film and the effectiveness of torture.


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