Petition Demands “Maze Runner” Cast Return Stolen Native American Artifacts (VIDEO)
More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition demanding that the cast of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials apologize for stealing Native American artifacts from an ancient Indian burial ground in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the movie was filmed. See video below.
The controversy began when actor Dylan O’Brien admitted during an interview on “Live with Kelly and Michael,” the he and other cast members took souvenirs from the historic site, which had never before been used for a movie shoot. “[We were told to] respect the grounds,” O’Brien revealed in the interview. “They were really strict about littering and don’t take any artifacts, like rocks, skulls, anything like that, and everyone just takes things, obviously.”
The moral of the actor’s story was that everyone who stole a sacred item became mysteriously ill afterwards. O’Brien said that within a week, five of the actors suffered ailments including an appendicitis, a high fever, and a broken ankle. However, the insinuation that a curse was brought down upon the cast isn’t good enough for many Native American rights advocates who would like the actors to apologize and return the items they took. A petition calling on them to do so was started on Care2.com, a social networking site where activists can connect to support various causes. The stolen artifacts are said to have been taken from the ruins of the Pueblo tribe.
O’Brien and the rest of the Maze Runner cast have yet to respond to the petition. Watch the actor’s “Kelly and Michael” interview below, and tell Gossip Cop what you think about the controversy. Note: Video no longer available.