The producer of local film Spud on Wednesday responded to a letter of protest written by Justice Edwin Cameron, which expressed his opinion that the film condoned homophobia.
In a letter to producer Ross Garland late in 2010 the Constitutional Court judge said he was disturbed by the "casual denigration of gays – the amiable gay-hating incidents – that occasionally spike up in the movie".
In his letter, Cameron argued that gays were derided and sneered at, and that the seemingly innocent jokes were playing into a larger horror of hatred, oppression and violence in Africa.
However, Garland said Cameron's attack was unwarranted and untenable.
The producer said Cameron was the first person to publicly suggest that Spud was homophobic, although the popular book was first published five years ago.
It was hard to fathom how Cameron arrived at his opinion, said Garland, and that it was alarming that the judge could demonstrate such disregard for free expression and artistic works.
Garland said he was now seeking advice on whether the publication of Cameron's letter was defamatory.
Read Justice Cameron's full letter on page two.