Thousands of people have taken to the streets of New York to protest a racist remark made by an actor who played the lead in a movie that was released in the United States.
The film, “Ridley Scott’s The Dark Knight,” has been condemned by critics and rights groups who say the film glorifies white supremacy.
The Associated Press reports more than 300,000 people have signed an online petition calling on movie studio Warner Bros. to release the movie.
“It’s an outrageous and disgusting statement to make,” said Daniel Baca, who lives in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Flatbush.
“The Dark Knight is an absolutely wonderful film, but it’s just as offensive as a movie about black people being shot in the back of the head.”
Baca said he’s outraged by comments made by Scott, who plays the fictional Bruce Wayne in the film.
In the film, Batman has to save a young woman named Batgirl from a crime lord who wants to destroy Gotham City.
The scene depicts Batman beating the criminal and saving her life.
Critics and rights advocates have decried the film for glorifying white supremacy and racism.
The movie also is being made by Universal Pictures, which has been criticized for using a white actress in a leading role.
The director is Rian Johnson, who directed “Jaws” in 1987.