An anonymous Oscar voter is causing a lot of controversy after some recent comments made to The Hollywood Reporter. The woman, in an article for the publication, stated that not only did Selma not have ‘art to it’, but when the cast wore ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirts, she found it offensive.
“When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it,” she said in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter.
“But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it?” she asked.
And she didn’t stop there.
“What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it,” she said. “If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male, I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were.”
Carrying on, you say?
Then she went on to criticize the fact that the cast wore t-shirts in support of Eric Garner during their NYC screening.
“I thought that stuff was offensive. Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up shit?” she asked.
Selma, which was nominated for two Oscars, has probably done more to expose the racism in Hollywood than any other movie, and that should definitely be applauded.