Jane Campion apologizes to Venus and Serena Williams

Jane Campion has apologized to Serena and Venus Williams after facing backlash for saying they never had to face men like her.

“I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with everything Serena Williams and Venus Williams have accomplished,” Campion told Page Six in a statement. “I had no intention of devaluing these two legendary black women and world-class athletes.”

She continued: “The thing is, the Williams sisters have actually gone head-to-head against men on the court (and off it), and they’ve both raised the bar and opened the doors to what’s possible for women in this world.”

Campion, 67, said the last thing she would want to do is “play down remarkable women”.

“I love Serena and Venus. Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and completely celebrate you,” she said.

Campion was trolled by Twitter users after commenting that Venus and Serena Williams never had to face men in their sports careers like she did in her Hollywood profession.

“Serena and Venus, you are marvels. However, you don’t play guys like I have to,” she said of accepting the 2022 Critics Choice Award for Best Director for her film “The Power of the Dog.”

The other directors nominated for the award were all male: Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley”), Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”) and Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”).

The Williams sisters were seen reacting awkwardly to the joke, however, all seemed well as they were later pictured celebrating with Campion at the awards afterparty.

Jane Campion at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards.
Campion called his comments “thoughtless” after being ripped off by Twitter users.
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But critics called Campion’s remarks damaging and an example of “white feminism.”

“Jane takes the time for her best directorial speech to tell two black women she’s more oppressed than they are, it’s white feminism PEAK,” actress Jodie Turner-Smith, who attended the event with her husband Joshua Jackson, tweeted.

“Jane Campion really got on stage and decided to tear down two black women for no reason,” another person agreed.

Representatives for Venus and Serena did not respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

New York Post

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