Oliver Stone Trends As The Internet Discusses His Most Controversial Movie


Tweets by American journalist Glenn Greenwald, known for his reporting at The Guardian and The Washington Post over documents leaked by Edward Snowden on US Global Watch, sparked a viral storm centered on the self-proclaimed friend of the Oscar-winning journalist and director Pierre Olivier.

Writing in support of Stone’s film JFK revisited: through the looking glass, which was only released last month, Greenwald sparked a viral backlash by claiming the director had been blacklisted, silenced or otherwise canceled for the theory touted by his 1991 film JFK that the US government hid the truth about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

When the film premiered in 1991, the famous director already had two Oscars. “Instead of cashing in,” Greenwald postulates, “he used his platform to make ‘JFK’ the first mainstream cultural product to challenge the official JFK narrative.”

It’s this last part that really caught Twitter’s attention. For his alleged transgression, “[Stone] was pilloried and destroyed for it. According to Greenwald, the version of events tries to make Stone’s career something a lot like canceling culture, something he’s written about in a movie before.

Greenwald keep on going in a thread: “The vicious reaction to this film from the corporate press was insane. Go read it. But this resulted in the opening of the archives. It should be noted that Greenwald himself is a controversial and well-known pot-stirring figure.

Many were quick to point out the inconsistencies observable in Greenwald’s account, such as JFKof eight Oscar nominations. One user asked if they could be pilloried and destroyed like Stone while sharing an image of the director’s filmography – obviously in progress – on IMDB.

Others have pointed out, Greenwald’s other claim (that Stone incorporated a counter-myth into the Warren Mission assassination account) misrepresents the context of Stone’s film. A thread criticizes the alleged consensus cited by Greenwald.

Greenwald handled the viral response with less grace. He then changed his threat, calling the viral crackdown a “little squad of snotty movie critics.”

“I have known Stone for years”, Greenwald keep on going. “He made a movie in which I was a character. He was just at my house last Sunday. I have had many long conversations with him about the impact on his career of the media’s disregard for “JFK”.

And in the sixth thread and – by the time of the wait – the final tweet, Greenwald adds, “He’s been widely labeled a liar, mad leftist and conspiracy theorist.

Many commentators have responded with evidence that Stone continues to make films with Hollywood backing – getting bigger productions even after box office failures.

A response returned the rhetorical questions: “Stone has continued to make mid to high budget movies in Hollywood, and this new documentary is being released by Showtime (ViacomCBS). Why did they continue to fund it? “

More went on to highlight the box office chess series, with answer shared screenshot of Stone’s historical epic 2004 wiki page Alexander which characterizes the film as a commercial failure for its marginal box office income.

Still, the box office performance or the controversy didn’t exactly silence the director. Last month Stone wrote a column in Hollywood journalist calling on President Biden to release the rest of the sealed files on the former president’s death that his previous film infamously made.

JFK revisited: through the looking glass is available to watch on the streaming services that broadcast Showtime.


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