Director Lee Daniels, has come out in response to #OscarsSoWhite champions, telling them that instead of complaining, they need to, “Go out and do the work.”
In a New York Times interview, Daniels, one of only two black directors to be nominated for an Oscar, criticized those who claim racism is to blame for the past all-white list of nominees. The director praised individual legacy, instead of black solidarity, saying,
“Oscars so white! So what? Do your work. Let your legacy speak and stop complaining, man. Are we really in this for the awards?”
Daniels goes on to give a lesson in responsibility and entitlement, saying that the world owes them them nothing and their energy should be invested into doing their best and creating a legacy.
“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.”
Despite what #OscarsSoWhite and the BLM movement want to believe, blacks and other ethnic groups do achieve success in the United States- a lot of it. Asian, Hispanic and African American business ownership has risen, particularly among black women, and enrollment rates are up, even if graduation rates are dismal. Daniels understands something that everyone needs to hear:
Stop complaining. Do your work. Let your legacy speak.