Retraction: The Ron Maxwell Rant Against Critics was a Hoax.

It is with both regret and relief that I post this apology.

My earlier post about Copperhead director Ron Maxwell was erroneous.

For the first time in more than a decade of blogging, I have apparently been fooled into linking to, and responding to, a fabrication.

The speech — which is still posted at Marble Hill Constitution-News — is, according to Maxwell himself (he just wrote to me personally), a fake.

Apparently it was deleted from the Copperhead Facebook page when he discovered it, but not before it was published on that Marble Hill site as news. They fell for it and, when they reported it as “From Director Ron Maxwell, via Facebook” with no apparent challenge to their report, I saw no reason to question it. I should have (yes, I see the irony) looked more closely.

I thank Mr. Maxwell for being gracious in his note to me, and I apologize to him and anybody connected with the film whose reputation has been harmed by the report. The story appeared legitimate when I came across it, and no one questioned it until 48 hours after I’d shared the link. Nevertheless, I should have gone to greater lengths to verify the report.

I’ve removed the post.

If you shared that link, please support Ron Maxwell by removing it and spreading the word that it was a hoax. Thank you.

Jeffrey Overstreet

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Anand Venigalla

    Now that settles things. I myself was fooled

  • Clint Lacy

    Well it came off of the official Copperhead Facebook page so until I hear from RON MAXWELL himself it stays up. It is quite easy to say that it was a fabrication after the masses are stirred up. I plan on seeing the movie myself, but I find it EXTREMELY hard to believe that his views on critics were published on HIS Facebook page without HIS knowledge. Mr. Maxwell has produced some remarkable movies but has proven the tendency to “crawfish” on politically incorrect / historically accurate beliefs when the lefties get their panties in a wad. Soooo, the article stays and that’s that. Don’t want it out there, shouldn’t have put it out there, it’s pretty damn simple.

    • jeffreyoverstreet

      I think that, when Maxwell contacts you (if he hasn’t already), you’ll find him to be humble, gracious, and persuasive. He didn’t “put it out there.”