I am writing to Daily Variety to express how disappointed I was to hear that many soon-to-be-released motion pictures (“Zoolander” and “Serendipity,” for example) as well as various TV shows are digitally removing the twin towers of the World Trade Center from their “filmed” skylines. I do believe that they feel it is insensitive at this time to show them. I, however, think it is insensitive to remove them, as if they never existed.
I’m a native New Yorker and explored every part of Manhattan by foot while living there and going to college in Brooklyn. Those towers were more than buildings. They were the “anchor” to lower Manhattan. You could see them for miles from upper Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and New Jersey.
I understand the human tragedy that has happened because of their destruction, but I am certain that in these current Hollywood projects, they were filmed in a happier time and were not a symbol of evil. They were a symbol of New York City.
Personally I am craving to see any movie now that has them in a scene. I feel it would be best, perhaps with a disclaimer or memorial in the beginning, to let us see them one last time, like a cherished friend that we have lost. They did exist, and like the people who worked inside, they will never be forgotten.
(Local 52 NY/ Local 44 LA)