"Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices, no author could write about them, and no filmmaker could delve into the thorny subjects of our time.
This is an important principle to stand up for, and it bears
repeating. For confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step
toward chilling any American artist's ability and right to shine a light
on dark deeds, especially when those deeds are cloaked in layers of
secrecy and government obfuscation."
Director Kathryn Bigelow responds to accusations that her new film Zero Dark Thirty, about the US pursuit of Osama bin Laden, glorifies torture. Whether or not this is a disingenuous defence of the film, as has been suggested in some quarters, the principle is true - critically so.