Parents of 9/11 victim upset over use of son’s voice in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
9/11 victim Bradley Fetchet (Photo courtesy of CBS News)
The intro to "Zero Dark Thirty" dramatically -- and grimly -- sets the tone for the rest of the film. It is an interpretation of the horror and chaos that occurred on September 11, 2001, in New York. And the sequence utilizes, in part, audio of some of the actual victims who died on that tragic day.
One of those victims' voices was Bradley Fetchet's. And his parents are not happy his last words were used in a commercial film.
They say Kathryn Bigelow used their son's last recording in "Zero Dark Thirty" without their permission. "It should never have happened," Mary Fetchet, Bradley's mother, told CBS News.
Brad worked on the 89th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower. "When I arrived home, I found Brad's message on my phone; and, of course, these were his last words in my view because we never heard from him again," Mrs. Fetchet said. "The ongoing anguish we've gone through, It's a treasured remembrance... it's ours," said Frank Fetchet, Bradley's father.
Mrs. Fetchet pointed out that she has only used her son's last recording when she intended to convey his story -- one instance being when she offered it as testimony for the 9/11 Commission. "None of those situations were used for commercial endeavors," she pointed out in the interview with CBS.
Sony has said "Zero Dark Thirty" filmmakers contacted "a number of family members of the 9/11 attacks." But the Fetchets and other family members of 9/11 victims say they were only approached by the filmmakers with invitations to preview the film -- and that they were not notified of the use of their loved ones in the film itself.
"This should put a line in the sand that says, 'It's not right,'" Mr. Fetchet said.
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