Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Warner Brothers Sinks To A New Low

I wanted to write another ICOIL story today, but my computer won't let me because it's sick of hearing about ICOIL. But the joke's on you, computer, because I've got a ton of more ICOIL stuff on the back burner. Anyway, onto today's story.

First there was Easter Seals. Then there was Jerry's Kids. Now it seems that there's a new player in the 'exploitation of poor innocent disabled kids' game. Warner Brothers.

In the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie "Blood Diamond" WB filmed in South Africa and used about 30 kids who were all amputees. In exchange for their appearance they were promised prosthetic limbs. The only problem is that shooting has alread wrapped and WB hasn't made good on their promise. According to the New York Post:

"...months after filming ended, Mnisi and his fellow amputees were still waiting. When they asked Warner Bros. about the promised prosthetics, they were allegedly told, "You will have to wait for December, when the movie comes out, so we can get some publicity out of it."

A local African charity, Eastern Cape, came to the rescue when it heard of the amputees' cruelly dashed hopes, and outfitted them with limbs paid for by the organization. Eastern Cape has said that if Warner Bros. does finally come through with the money, it will go to 27 other deserving amputees."

Some people are calling for a boycott of the movie but what good is that really going to do? 'Diamond' director Ed Zwick responded to the accusations which you can read HERE. I started to read it myself, but I felt the smoke getting blown up my ass after the first few sentences so i stopped.


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