Ava DuVernay, the director who made Selma, Oscar-nominated documentary 13th and who is currently in post-production on Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time, has taken to Twitter to express support for journalists boycotting Disney screenings.
Ava posted her message following a report that the studio had decided to blacklist the Los Angeles Times newspaper from attending screenings of any of its films.
Saluting the film journalists standing up for one another. Standing with you. https://t.co/M9Fs22vv4L
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 7, 2017
“Saluting the film journalists standing up for one another. Standing with you,” she tweeted.
Her tweet was in response to an article published by the Washington Post, written by its critic at large Alyssa Rosenberg and titled: “Why I won’t be reviewing The Last Jedi, or any other Disney movie, in advance”.
Rosenberg shared a link to her article, tweeting the message: “I won’t attend advance screenings of Disney movies or publish advance reviews until @latimes critics can, too”
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) November 6, 2017
The controversy arose after the LA Times published two articles in September criticising Disney’s business dealings in Anaheim (here and here), which Disney has described as “biased and inaccurate” and “wholly driven by a political agenda”.
As of Tuesday (November 7), The LA Times hasn’t yet issued an apology or made amendments to the articles in question.
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SOURCE: Digital Spy, Rosie Fletcher