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Jane Campion Apologizes for Serena, Venus Williams Critics’ Choice Awards Comment: ‘I Celebrate You’


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Jane Campion has apologized for a remark she made towards tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday that landed her in hot water while accepting her Best Director award.

“I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have accomplished. I had no intention of devaluing these two legendary black women and classy athletes world,” she said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The thing is, the Williams sisters have, in fact, faced men on the court (and off it), and they’ve both raised the bar and opened doors to what’s possible for women in this world. The last thing I would ever want to do is belittle remarkable women. I love Serena and Venus,” she continued. “Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize to you and congratulate you completely.”

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(L-R) Venus Williams, Jane Campion, Netflix Head of Global Film Scott Stuber, and Serena Williams attend Netflix’s Critics Choice Awards After Party at Lumiere Brasserie Restaurant on March 13, 2022 in Century City, California.
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Campion won the honor for her film “The Power of the Dog,” for which she was the only female nominee, and said during her acceptance speech that if Venus and Serena Williams are “such wonders,” they “don’t play guys like I have to.”

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Campion was nominated alongside Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley”), Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Dune “).

"The power of the dog" director Jane Campion has come under fire for a comment she made that Venus and Serena Williams "don't play guys like I have to."

‘The Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion has come under fire for a comment she made that Venus and Serena Williams “don’t play guys like I should.”
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The Williams sisters were present at the support ceremony for the film “King Richard”, for which Will Smith won the honor of best actor for his portrayal of their father, Richard Williams.

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The legendary duo and later Campion reportedly danced the night away at Netflix’s Critics’ Choice Awards After Party.

Representatives for Campion and the Williams sisters did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.


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