Hundreds Of Presumably Brain-Washed Former Penn State Football Players Put Together A Condemnation Of HBO's 'Paterno'
Yahoo- A statement signed by nearly 300 Penn State football lettermen, including Franco Harris and Ki-Jana Carter, called the film, which stars Al Pacino as Paterno, “uninformed” and says it “fails in every manner” to depict the late coach.
Here is the statement in its entirety:
“As Penn State Lettermen, there was never a question that one day we would see a movie made about Joe Paterno, one that showcased his impact on the game of football, on Penn State University and, on the thousands of men he coached and mentored over his 61-year career.
“Sadly — and wrongly — HBO’s ‘Paterno’ is not that movie. It has been described by producer Barry Levinson as a work of fiction, which is likely the only truth in the entire project. Incredibly, in making the movie, Levinson and his team never consulted a single person who was close to, worked with, or was coached by Joe Paterno. Not even family members or us, who undoubtedly knew him best of all.
“As a result, this uninformed depiction of Joe fails in every manner about the man we knew and loved. Deviously using ‘fiction’ as his shield, Levinson takes shameless liberties about the Sandusky scandal and Joe’s knowledge of it that would certainly be proven libelous if Joe were alive today.
“As a coach, educator and philanthropist, Joe Paterno was a positive force in our lives, molding us not only to win games, but to win in life. His character, integrity, and moral compass will live on in us long after the ill-gotten ratings of this reckless attempt at entertainment fades away.”
Here's what I want you to do. I want you to sit down and make a list of all the people in your life that you would publicly and staunchly defend if they admitted to being at least mildly complicit in a ring of child molestation that spanned multiple decades.
I don't want you to feel pressure or anything, but my list is empty. For, though I would forgive a member of my own family if they were as negligent as Joe Paterno was in monitoring the atrocities that happened under his droopy ass nose, I certainly wouldn't be making a delusional spectacle of myself on behalf of someone that knowingly could have done a hell of a lot more to maintain the physical and mental well-being of children.
Now granted, I probably also wouldn't be too happy to see a dramatized film portraying a loved one as the bad guy (no 'Tony Montana' pun intended) and taking certain liberties with a story of such a serious nature, but - for fuck's sake - we are talking about a football coach. A football coach that was authoritative and influential in a way that extended beyond the football field such that there's no navy-and-white tinted world in which he didn't know one of his employees was diddling the children we kept bringing around the facility, but a football coach nonetheless. Yet, here we are with nearly 300 grown ass men condemning a film that's at least loosely based on facts because it's "uninformed"?
I'm going to need Franco Harris, Ki-Jana Carter, and the other 290+ idiots to inform everyone what makes Joe Paterno's reputation so far beyond reproach despite evidence to the contrary. If they know something we don't then the time to speak up was well before now, but it kind of seems like they are making up just as much shit about the Sandusky scandal as Barry Levinson did. The only difference being that they don't get the director's cut on an admittedly fictional film that would be a disgraceful and disingenuous puff piece, that trivialized the trauma experienced by countless people who merely needed one football coach to be a man, if they wrote the script.
I guess what I'm really saying is that, instead of indirectly endorsing child rape, perhaps it's just best to not watch a movie that you already know you're not going to enjoy before it starts. Is that easier said than done?