[Ed. – She is discounting the fact that it sounds stupid as hell.]
Ava DuVernay, a black activist who directed a whole movie arguing that mass incarceration (a multi-racial problem) is a continuation of race-based slavery, suggested that racism explains why her latest movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” got bad reviews.
DuVernay gave a back-handed compliment to Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan, who wrote about the “subtle, resonant” theme of the black main character’s insecurity about her hair. “You were the only Caucasian journalist of any gender to see it, understand it and seriously ask me about it. Appreciate the chat, the sensitivity and the writing,” the director tweeted.
Hair is indeed a sensitive issue among black women, and the film captured both the insecurity and the beauty of actress Storm Reid’s unique curly hairstyle well. Even so, this theme was a tiny fraction of the film, and in the context of the bad reviews, DuVernay’s focus on this element seems a desperate distraction.