Kickstarter. NPR. Facebook. Movie Critics. Here's the latest group to resist the story Hollywood wouldn't touch.
“Gosnell” can’t catch a break. The team behind the movie says that has nothing to do with luck.
The story of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist convicted on three first-degree murder convictions, had a tumultuous journey to the big screen.
Turns out the battle was only beginning.
“Gosnell,” directed by Nick Searcy, captures the filthy abortion clinic where aborted baby parts were discarded in the garbage disposal unit. Earl Billings plays Dr. Gosnell while veteran actor Dean Cain is the cop who helped uncover the doctor’s toxic methods.
The film’s crowdfunding campaign got temporarily derailed four years ago under suspicious circumstances. Kickstarter claimed the project didn’t meet its editorial standards due to grim descriptions of Dr. Gosnell’s alleged crimes.
The film’s backers fired back, pointing to other crowdfunding campaigns with more graphic descriptions.
… citing the site’s 16 projects about stabbing, 5 projects about incest, 44 projects about rape and 28 projects with F**k or F**king in the title (as well as one project with C*** in the project description).
Team “Gosnell” moved to Indiegogo.com, a competing crowdfunding site. The project eventually shattered a record for money raised by a film project. “Gosnell” finally went before the cameras, but a lawsuit filed by a judge tied to the case kept the project in limbo for months.
When Team “Gosnell,” including producers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, tried to buy ads for the movie on public radio NPR balked. NPR claimed it couldn’t call Dr. Gosnell an “abortion doctor” even though it had used precisely those terms in previous broadcasts. Leaked emails revealed NPR’s position to be suspicious.
Facebook did much worse,
The social media giant blocked the filmmakers from using its platform to spread the word on the film. McAleer added that he wasn’t told why the film’s supporters weren’t allowed to boost posts about the project either.
Now, another Internet behemoth is threatening to kick “Gosnell” off the web. This week site users looking for the film’s official Wikipedia page found this:
The latest threat comes after both entertainment reporters and film critics did their best to ignore the film. The few mainstream critics who bothered to review the film savaged it for being biased, a charge rarely leveled against progressive films.
McAleer has had enough.
“This is part of the left’s ongoing attempt to suppress and shutdown the Gosnell movie. Not only do they want stop people finding out about it they want to deny its very existence,” McAleer told HiT.
“Gosnell” details a horrible crime that taps into the pro-life community position on abortion. The film strains not to connect Dr. Gosnell’s actions with those of legal abortion doctors, but audiences can take away from the film what they wish on the subject.
— Gosnell Movie (@GosnellMovie) October 23, 2018
The movie also downplays some of the ghastlier details tied to the case. Producer/marketer John Sullivan told the HiT ‘cast that was a conscious effort to head off critics who might claim the material couldn’t be accurate.
McAleer says the collective resistance against his film has a clear purpose.
“They just don’t want people to know the truth about this case … they don’t want people to know the truth about abortion,” he continues. “They are pathetic. The mainstream media refuses to review a film that launches in 600 theaters and crashes into the top 10 of movies in the US.”
He claims the film’s Wikipedia status hinges on the dearth of published reviews as cause for possible page termination.
“This is Orwellian and won’t be allowed to stand,” he says.
UPDATE: A flurry of pro-free speech Wikipedia commentators rallied on the page’s behalf. It’s off the ‘deletion’ threat at the moment.