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Ava DuVernay Responds to Tarantino’s Condescending Comments About Selma

High road the shit out of this.


Quentin Tarantino mouthed off about Ava DuVernay’s Selma and its Oscar snubbing, drawing the ire of many critics–and rightfully so. DuVernay responded to his boneheaded comments in The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “I was surprised by how surprised everyone was. When you look at his work and his persona, there’s nothing surprising about what he said. But it didn’t bother me like so many assumed it would.”

In case you weren’t aware, Tarantino’s comments came about in an interview with Bret Easton Ellis for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. He suggested that Selma deserved an Emmy, not an Oscar, which is a thinly veiled, condescending, backhanded comment on what he thinks of the film. He goes on to say that he hadn’t actually seen Selma, so… what?

DuVernay is obviously unsurprised and unperturbed. She’s taken the (so richly deserved) high road, and doesn’t have time to be bothered by some trapped-in-the-mid-90s awful comments like Tarantino’s. After all, she’s just too busy making great movies and being an all around hero.

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image via Shutterstock/taniavolobueva)

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