Friday, April 19, 2024

“Power of the Dog” Director Jane Campion Apologizes (Unnecessarily) to Serena and Venus Williams


“Power of the Dog” director Jane Campion is apologizing to Serena and Venus Williams today.

For heaven’s sake, it’s not necessary

On the Critics Choice Awards last night, when Campion won Best Director, she said, “Venus and Serena, you’re such marvels. However, you don’t play against the guys, like I have to.”

The tennis star sisters were there to celebrate the movie “King Richard.” Campion had first praised them, then in a moment of a little hubris, added that line. She meant nothing by it, but the audience groaned en masse.

The Williams sisters didn’t mind. They came to the Netflix after party and danced with Campion and stayed til the end. Venus hugged Campion and posed for pictures. Serena was a little cooler, but she was having fun nonetheless.

We live in a world now where good people are made to apologize for nothing, and bad people refuse to apologize for anything!

Campion’s apology reads, “I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved. I did not intend to devalue these two legendary Black women and world class athletes. The fact is the Williams sisters have, actually, squared off against men on the court (and off), and they have both raised the bar and opened doors for what is possible for women in this world. The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize remarkable women. I love Serena and Venus. Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and completely celebrate you.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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