January 4, 2012

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Sister of World Trade Center attack victim is ‘traumatized’ by new 9/11 film

COTTEKILL – Helena Hough of Cottekill was watching a football game on TV with her family recently when a commercial for a new Tom Hanks movie – “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” came on. She freaked out. It is about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the impact on a victim family.

Hough’s sister, Jane Louise Simpkin, 36, was on United Flight 175 when it was flown into the Twin Towers over 10 years ago. In fact, she was sitting next to one of the terrorists.

The movie, which has yet to be released, has ripped open old wounds for Hough, who is appalled by its theme.

“I think they should have to have the signed release of every family member who was affected in order to use our tragedy for profit,” she told “I understand that this is capitalism in America and people will make money by whatever means they can, but to use the image of my sister on that plane flying into that tower for entertainment purposes and for moneymaking purposes, it is just disgusting to me on so many levels.”

Hough is urging people to boycott the movie when it is released “to send a strong message to Hollywood and its ilk that you do not support the use of the 9/11 images and pictures to make money.”


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