'Zero Dark Thirty' Faces Protest From 9/11 Victim's Family
Zero Dark Thirty opens with over a minute of black screen with audible voices of real people heard in chaotic moments during the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. But one family of a victim, American Airlines flight 11 attendant Betty Ong, says that the use of her voice is inappropriate, The New York Times reports.
"I thought it was just outrageous, and totally poor judgment, and an abuse of the voices," said the attendant's brother, Harry Ong, to the newspaper.
The family, according to the Times, asked for an apology to be made at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday if the film receives an award. They also would like the film's distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment, to add a note in the film that the Ong family doesn't support torture, the newspaper reported.
The Kathryn Bigelow-directed film has faced relentless opposition from critics in Hollywood and the Beltway that claim that Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of torture -- waterboarding and other methods are shown in graphic detail -- constitutes an endorsement of the techniques.
A Sony statement to the Times didn't mention a response to the requests from the family but said that the film "is, in some small way, a tribute to those forever affected by the attacks."