“How does it feel to present a story like this now that racism is over?” Jon Stewart asked, drawing a laugh out of Ava DuVerney near the top of his interview with the Selma director Wednesday night. But soon, the discussion turned to the major “controversy” of the film surrounding it’s portrayal of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
“Does it surprise you?” Stewart asked DuVernay about the uproar. “Because in the film, to be honest with you, when I read the controversy I expected the film — for him to be villainous. He is in no way that, he’s a politician. I’m a little baffled now.”
DuVernay said she feels the same way, pointing out that people in theaters are actually cheering for LBJ at the end of the film. “I’m a little baffled as to what the challenges are, but everyone has a right to their opinion,” she said. “The bottom line is, we don’t paint anyone as a saint in this, we don’t paint anyone as a sinner.”
Previously, in an interview with Rolling Stone, DuVernay responded to the criticism by saying, “I wasn’t interested in making a white-savior movie; I was interested in making a movie centered on the people of Selma.”
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