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Selma Director Asks Us to “Interrogate History” After Op-Ed Claims the Film is Historically Inaccurate


On December 26th, The Washington Post published  “The movie Selma has a glaring flaw,” an op-ed by Joseph A. Califano Jr., former domestic affairs chief to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Califano opens his critique of the film by asking “What’s wrong with Hollywood?,” a staggeringly naive statement with which to begin an indictment of a film starring POC and directed by a WOC. Hollywood’s real problem is gender and racial bias–but Califano wants audiences to please, think of the plight of one white man.

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In his critique of the film, Califano claims the Voting Rights Act was LBJ’s “greatest legislative achievement” and calls the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama “LBJ’s idea.” As punishment for Selma‘s depiction of LBJ, Califano also called on audiences to boycott the film, saying it “should be ruled out this Christmas and during the ensuing awards season.”

Thankfully, Selma director Ava DuVernay took to Twitter yesterday to respond to Califano’s claims, encouraging audiences to “interrogate history” rather than accept Califano’s revisionist version of events:

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image via Ava DuVernay on Twitter)

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