Rep. Joe Courtney asks Spielberg to make 'Lincoln' change

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) praises Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” but has sent a letter to the director asking him to make a change in the movie that puts Connecticut lawmakers on the “the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery.”

Courtney takes issue with pic’s depiction of the vote over ratification of the 13th Amendment as it shows two of three members of the state’s House delegation voting to uphold slavery. In fact, Courtney said the Congressional Record shows the state’s entire delegation voted to abolish slavery. Courtney even linked to documentation on his website.

“I understand that artistic license will be taken and that some facts may be blurred to make a story more compelling on the big screen, but placing the state of Connecticut on the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery is a distortion of easily verifiable facts and an inaccuracy that should be acknowledged, and if possible, corrected before ‘Lincoln’ is released on DVD,” Courtney wrote.

A DreamWorks spokesman had no comment.

Courtney’s office, however, is mindful of the building publicity over the Oscars. The headline of his press release reads: “Ahead of Oscars, Courtney asks Spielberg, DreamWorks to correct Lincoln inaccuracy that places Connecticut on wrong side of slavery debate.”

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