A famous director has sparked a huge debate in the tennis world after claiming that Serena and Venus Williams were “only there to service their husbands” following their Australian Open final defeat.
Jane Campion has apologised for her “thoughtless” comment on the Williams sisters. The director said that she was not trying to be disrespectful and was only trying to make a point about how the sisters’ careers were different.
Jane Campion has apologized to the tennis players for her remark. (Photo courtesy of Getty)
Following a ‘thoughtless’ remark she made about Venus and Serena Williams during her victory speech for best director at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, filmmaker Jane Campion has apologized to them.
The director of Power of the Dog, who won the same prize at the Baftas on Sunday, addressed the two tennis superstars in the audience who worked as executive producers on King Richard, which stars Will Smith as their father, calling them “such wonders.”
‘However, you don’t have to play against the boys like I do,’ she remarked, rotating the camera to show the sisters’ polite laughing in response.
Her comments provoked a massive response on Twitter, with the Oscar contender being labeled “ignorant” and the remark being called “terribly disrespectful and needless.”
‘Jane taking time out of her best director speech to tell two Black women she is more persecuted than them is PEAK white feminism,’ Jodie Turner-Smith, who attended the ceremony with her husband Joshua Jackson, said.
Campion has now apologized and indicated that she wants to “fully honor” Venus and Serena because “the last thing I would ever want to do is belittle wonderful people.”
Campion took up the prize for best director, and remarked in her acceptance speech that she would like tennis lessons from the sisters. (Photo courtesy of Reuters)
According to Deadline, her complete apology read: ‘I made a foolish mistake comparing what I do in the film business with all Serena Williams and Venus Williams have accomplished.’ I didn’t want to diminish the importance of these two outstanding Black women and world-class athletes.
‘The reality is that the Williams sisters have faced off against males on the court (and off), and they have both lifted the bar and opened doors for what women can achieve in this society.’
At the Netflix after-party, the filmmaker posed with Venus, Serena, and Netflix’s Scott Stuber (Picture: Getty)
‘The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize outstanding women,’ said the Piano director. Serena and Venus are two of my favorite characters. Their achievements are enormous and impressive.
‘I apologies and totally celebrate you, Serena and Venus.’
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The creators of The Power of the Dog replied to western star and veteran actor Sam Elliott’s outburst against the picture, which he called “a piece of s**t,” elsewhere on Sunday.
‘It’s probably time to move on, and to speak about the film and the fantastic job everyone did,’ producer Iain Canning told Metro.co.uk and other press after Campion’s reply, in which she stated Elliot was being “a little bit of a B-*-*-*-H.” ‘I believe we’ve covered all of our bases.’
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Jane Campion has apologised for the “thoughtless” comment she made on Serena and Venus Williams. The director said that if she could have one of her films back, it would be a film about women’s tennis. Reference: jane campion films.
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