Families of 9/11 victims are speaking out against filming movies and tv shows at the 9/11 memorial. Most recently, the show Billions decided to film a 4-minute at the Ground Zero Memorial. Families say that the memorial shouldn’t be used as a backdrop in movies, that it is a place of rest and remembrance.
“It’s outrageous,” Sally Regenhard, a family member of a first responder, told the New York Post. “The 9/11 Memorial and Museum people are out exploiting the dead when [the grounds] should be a place of respect and sanctity.”
NYC laws encourage filming all over the city, as it is a huge source of revenue. However, should some places be off limits? What do you think?
The Daily Mail reports:
She said she was baffled by recent contradicting events, citing a 2016 incident during which memorial security guards stopped a group of North Carolina elementary students from singing the US national anthem at the site because they didn’t have a permit.
‘How hypocritical that they would stop patriotic and respectful schoolchildren but would permit a commercial endeavor about horrible, greedy people,’ she said.
Sally said the ‘New York City agency that allowed this to happen’ should be condemned and plans to file a protest with Showtime executives.
The Post reported that the memorial and museum lost $25.2million in its first year.
A spokesman did not answer questions about whether Billions paid the institution or if the public was denied access during filming.
The showrunners did have to obtain a license from both the 9/11 Memorial nonprofit and the city, which claimed the permit was issued only after museum officials ‘sanctioned the shot’.
City Hall spokesman Ben Sarle said he agreed with the filming location choice.
‘The head of the Memorial told us he has received many calls from families who feel that the scene in Billions brought attention to the Memorial in a respectful and fitting way,’ he said.
Additionally, there are 9/11 families who feel the show was reverent to the memory of the site.
Debra Burlingame, sister of Flight 77 pilot Charles Burlingame III and a member of the memorial’s board, said the Billions scene had a ‘solemn’ feel and was ‘done beautifully’.
‘This is just another way of remembering – it makes it part of our daily lives,’ she said.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Showtime for comment.