A few months on the debate has calmed down, even so the Best Picture win for “Green Book” at the Oscars this year is still being labelled in many corners as the worst BP winner since “Crash”.
This week, one of the film’s producers Jonathan King defended the film from criticism and argued that those making the complaints aren’t the ones the movie was made for – that target audience is specifically older white people:
“The audience for that kind of movie is largely older and largely white. If you believe that older white people don’t need to be told to be less racist anymore because that’s an issue from the past, look around. Because they do. Occasionally you need to make a movie that is directed at older white people.
Are we going to get criticism because the director happens to be a white guy? Maybe. No director would represent the lives and lived experiences of those two main characters, because they were coming from completely different points of view.”
King was speaking on a panel about diversity and inclusion at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills. Bad Robot co-CEO Katie McGrath was also on the panel and fired back, saying: “Those stories have to be told as long as we’re also telling stories of the protagonist of color. We need to make space in our industry for stories that center for the people who haven’t had the opportunity to have their perspective drive the narrative.”
Source: The Wrap