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Movie Controversy Ostracizes Ramapough Community, NY Times Reports

According to the report, fights, slurs, and teasing has broken out since the movie 'Out of the Furnace' debuted.

Ramapogh Chief Dwaine Perry, Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet, Mahwah Superintendent Lauren Schoen at a press conference last week.
Ramapogh Chief Dwaine Perry, Mahwah Mayor Bill Laforet, Mahwah Superintendent Lauren Schoen at a press conference last week.

The controversy over the new film Out of the Furnace has stirred unrest in the Ramapough community, according to a NY Times article published Thursday.

According to the report, since the movie was released last week, Ramapough students have been picked on by classmates, a fight broke out at a local mall, and a woman was verbally attacked using racial slurs, nytimes.com reported.

The article focused on the reactions of the community about a week after local leaders held a press conference denouncing the film’s references to the Ramapough Lenape Nation, and an NY Post article detailing the film’s supposed basis on the Ramapough community. The film’s producer, Relativity Media, has denied that the story is based on any people in particular.

The Times article calls the controversy over Out of the Furnace “another in a long line of indignities,” against the Ramapough people.

Read the full article here.

transylvania57 December 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM
As a Mahwah resident, I join others in condemning what is apparently a negative portrayal of the Ramapough people in this movie. However, I object to Mayor Laforet's "backwoods of Kentucky" remark. I was born and raised in Kentucky, and I believe that denigrating any group of people, no matter where they live, is offensive.

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