‘White elitist’ Sofia Coppola slammed for winning prize at Cannes for ‘rich white women’ movie

‘White elitist’ Sofia Coppola slammed for winning prize at Cannes for ‘rich white women’ movie

Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has become the first women since 1961 to win Cannes Film Festival’s Directing Prize.

You would have thought Coppola’s award — for her female-centric remake of 1971 civil war drama The Beguiled which starred Clint Eastwood — would generate widespread applause on social media given the fact she is an outspoken feminist and all the attention paid to the perceived under-representation of women directors at Cannes in recent years.

Not so.  Even though Coppola’s movie stars a host of feminist actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning, she is being slammed for supposedly having made a movie about rich white women.

The plot of the movie-a wounded Union soldier who takes refuge an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War- doesn’t immediately evoke an aura of white privilege. But Coppola is being torched on Twitter for promoting excessive whiteness in her movies:

Trending: University ‘decolonizes’ its curriculum by eliminating sonnets, ‘products of white western culture’

https://twitter.com/LaszloBrovacs/status/868963988901699584

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