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Kathryn Bigelow Wants Your Help To Send A Very Important Message On Twitter About Women

Kathryn Bigelow’s name has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her film Zero Dark Thirty. The film, based loosely on the intelligence effort that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, has had supporters and detractors but got people talking about the serious issue of torture. But there’s another issue Bigelow would like to get the word out for and that’s women in national security. She’s hoping a large-scale Twitter campaign, and you, will help. 

The director, along with Sony, have enlisted a company to help get a specific message out to the masses. The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Thunderclap is a nine-month-old startup from De-De, a development company backed by advertising firm Droga5. At its site, civic-minded folks explain their cause and ask supporters to allow Thunderclap to automatically re-tweet the pre-determined message at the appointed time. The message can also go on the Facebook walls of the supporters.”

The tweet would read:

Join me in saluting the crucial role women play in America’s national security #ZeroDarkThirty

The link takes you to Sony’s website for Zero Dark Thirty, the film featuring a CIA agent named Maya, but Thunderclap’s website has Bigelow’s plea featured as a “Salute to Heroic Women.” You can decide now whether you want to send out the message to your followers and Thunderclap will send it on your behalf this Friday. THR writes, “Bigelow needs at least 500 people to support her, or the planned tweet will not go out.”

While a tweet can go a long way, and this specific tweet is a nice message, it would be nice to see the link forward users to something other than promotional items. Zero Dark Thirty is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Kate Falanga

    As much as I’d like to support women in national security this sounds more like movie advertising. I haven’t even seen this movie. If the message was more prominent than the advertising I would be willing to help them out.

  • Orion Kidder

    It’s not a “nice message.” It’s just jingoism masquerading as feminism. Women doing horrible things in the name national “security” isn’t a form of progress.

  • Bridget

    Completely agree.

  • Lucas Picador

    Wow, what a transparent liar. She makes a film glorifying torturers and making the (provably false) case that torture was necessary for US national security. When she gets called out on it, she makes the rounds of media outlets (including an op-ed in the LA Times) denying that she ever made torturers like “Maya” out to be heroes, but instead painted them as morally ambiguous figures.

    Now she comes out with a “Salute to Heroic Women” celebrating exactly the torturers she portrayed in her film.

    She’s an interesting visual artist, but boy is she ever a useful idiot and a reprehensible propagandist.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Yeah, that’s what I thought when I read the article. If the link took you to something that actually really supported women in national security, rather than to a website to promote a movie I’d be way more likely to retweet.

  • Anonymous

    Look, I’m resolutely anti-torture, but maybe she’s just telling the story as it was told to her? If the people involved said, “we tortured this guy, and it yielded specific information,” should she just leave it out of the movie?

  • Anonymous

    Women have a higher sense of empathy – this is science and the reason a woman bonds with her baby. And, the more we have women in different facets of government, military and business – the better everyone will be. She didn’t glorify torture in the film – it fact it was uncomfortable because it was as close to the realities of torture used by the US against other people in the world. Glorification would be not showing it and just going, “oh we got some nice intel on Osama.” The end. The reality is much worse – and every single american needs to see it.

  • Anatasia Beaverhousen

    Is this really a message about women or a message about Bigelow’s box office revenue?

  • Laura Truxillo

    I haven’t seen the movie, don’t really want to, but as awful as the whole mess is, I thought it was interesting that in a trailer for a big military-type movie…most of the talking is done by various women.

    If it weren’t based on a true story, I’d call that progress in media, but as it is…eh, that’s a sticky, unpleasant one.

  • LaenCleardale

    When it has been shown, publicly, that torture did NOT get the information that led to OBL. Yes, she should leave out that torture led to the information. That’s the point, torture did NOT get the information. The movie leads you to believe it did. It is a lie.

  • Kristen Stewart

    “Women have a higher sense of empathy – this is science and the reason a woman bonds with her baby.”

    Last I checked, the study of gender differences in empathy was fairly controversial and hadn’t definitively proved anything one way or another. If you actually meant “this is my personal experience,” then say so.

    Also, “this is science and the reason a woman bonds with her baby” smacks of ignorant biotruth. You are deliberately ignoring or are unaware of all other reasons and causes for mother-infant bonding (oxytocin production, breast-feeding, the way many women have already adjusted their lifestyle around their pregnancy and pending childbirth, etc.).

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Well, it’s a Hollywood production, not a documentary.

  • LaenCleardale

    And I understand that, and I am able to suspend belief all the time for movies. My problem is that this movie has been pushed as being made with unprecedented access to CIA agents and information. If it were ZDT:Hunt for Vampire OBL, I wouldn’t care anywhere near as much. It isn’t being sold as art though, it’s being pushed a real life story made into a movie.

    Purely anecdotal, of course, but I have had this conversation with several people who saw the movie and with only one exception every single one of them thought torture lead to the information that was responsible for capturing OBL. I question the choice of presenting it in the way she did, I don’t understand it and it angers me that she is furthering this damaging belief.

  • JB Fletcher

    Women should be in different facets of government, military, and business because of their “higher sense of empathy” and not because they are equally capable of getting results. Duh.