Barry Jenkins shared a story about a driver calling him the n-word during the Moonlight era.
He was waiting on his ride from the Governor Awards to Dear White People director Justin Simien's after-party.
"My driver, he had a hard time getting in and out of the valet, because if you pull up and your person’s not there, you've got to drive out and circle around. I come out and the valet person is just like, shocked. I'm like, 'What's up?' He goes, 'Oh, you shouldn't get in the car with that dude.' I'm like, 'Why?' He goes, 'Oh, because when I was out here before, he looked all agitated, and I said to him, 'What's wrong?' He goes, 'Oh, you know, nothing, I'm just sitting around here waiting around to pick up this n****r.' And then he smiled and said, 'Oh, and he's probably going to get nominated for Best Director.'' Subtext: But he's still just a n****r."