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The Great New Wonderful - Gyllenhaal criticised for 9/11 comments



Preview by: Jack Foley

FORMER Secretary star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has provoked an angry backlash from Americans for suggesting that the US was 'responsible in some way' for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The popular star made the comment while promoting her new film, The Great New Wonderful, which deals with people living in New York in the aftermath of 9/11.

But she has since defended her opinion, stating that 'not to have the courage to ask these questions of ourselves is to betray the victims of 9/11'.

 

In a statement issued after the controversy, Gyllenhaal said that September 11 provided 'an occasion to be brave enough to ask some serious questions about America's role in the world'.

"It is always useful, as individuals or nations, to ask how we may have knowingly, or unknowingly, contributed to this conflict," she explained.

But that was not to detract from the suffering that took place on the day, which Gyllenhaal, herself, still grieves for.

Although the artistic community has started to explore the events of September 11, the issue remains very sensitive for a great many Americans.

Accoriding to the BBC, a fan site was inundated with angry messages following the actress's remarks, prompting its editor to temporarily close the forum.

Gyllenhaal, 27, lives in Manhattan.

A full preview of The Great New Wonderful, which is currently being shown as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, will be available to read at IndieLondon in a couple of weeks' time.

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