Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels has blasted the “Oscars So White” movement in an interview, claiming that artists in the industry should “go out and do the work” rather than complain about the lack of representation at the Academy Awards.
In a recent interview with The New York Times on his upcoming Fox series “Star”, the director was sent into frustration after mentioning last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
“Go out and do the work,” said Daniels, who was nominated for best director for “Precious” back in 2010. “Oscars so white! So what?”
Daniels continued: “Do your work. Let your legacy speak and stop complaining, man. Are we really in this for the awards?
“If I had thought that way—that the world was against me—I wouldn’t be here now.
“These whiny people that think we’re owed something are incomprehensible and reprehensible to me. I don’t expect acknowledgment or acceptance from white America. I’m going to be me,” Daniels declared.