Boston Globe: HBO movie on Clarence Thomas hearings ‘distorted’


It doesn’t air for several weeks, but “Confirmation,” HBO’s much-anticipated movie about the 1991 confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is already drawing criticism from some of the folks involved in the real-life drama. The movie, focused on the allegations of sexual harassment made by Thomas’s onetime colleague Anita Hill, debuts April 16. (Hill, who teaches at Brandeis, is played in the film by actress Kerry Washington.)

In an interview with Politico, former senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) called the script — at least the one he saw — “seriously distorted” and suggested legal action is a possibility. “I don’t know what I’ll do but it won’t be fun and games,” Simpson said. “I won’t just sit still. I’ll have a response, I always have. An attack unanswered is an attack believed.” He’s not alone. Mark Paoletta, a former White House lawyer who worked on Thomas’s confirmation, told Politico: “Based on the script I reviewed, it’s a dishonest film. . . . It’s a propaganda piece for Anita Hill and for Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House.”

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