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Ramapough Outrage Over New Movie

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Out of the Furnace, a new Hollywood movie starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson offended the Ramapough Indians of New Jersey. The Native American community and the townsmen of the Ramapough Indians are outraged by this movie.

Chief Perry, Ramapough Indian Nation described the film as a hate crime.

“It’s obviously that someone in the production end of the movie, if indeed these things are true, has perpetuated basically a hate crime against Native Americans," Perry says. "And my question is why? You’ve damaged and drenched up a lot of sorrow.”

Perry also stated that he was astonished at the fact that such fine actors such as Bale and Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forrest Witaker and William Dafoe would choose to do this movie.

“They were duped into supporting a racist paradigm forced on the community,” Perrys says. “The entire community is upset because it’s just a revamp of the old racist paradigm.”

The Greater Mahwah community has also been very outspoken about this film through a NY Post article.

“The NY Post article describes the community as a tough as nails, New Jersey hillbillies who live in a self-contained world of drugs, violence and trailer homes," Perry says.

Mahway Mayor William says, “The community was targeted clearly because they’re vulnerable. You can go up on stack hill and see million dollar homes. You can see just what depicted in that movie trailer. It’s unfortunate. They prey on the weakest members of our community.”

The Mahwah community is also very upset about the film because they use DeGroat in the film, which is a well-known Indian Last name. The superintendent was mostly concerned about the kids that go to school that have this last name. The last name is used to Harrelson’s character which in the movie, he is a meth dealer.

The filmmakers have issued a statement saying: “This is not based on any persons or group of people. In the case of most films, the filmmakers conducted research and drew upon their own personal life experience in creating an original screenplay and the story and characters are entirely fictional.”

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