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Ben Stiller and Destry Spielberg Deny Hollywood Nepotism in Twitter Debate With Franklin Leonard


Actor Ben Stiller and Destry Spielberg, filmmaker and daughter of Steven Spielberg, took to Twitter to downplay the impact of Hollywood nepotism in a debate with The Black List founder Franklin Leonard.

On Tuesday, Leonard responded to a tweet announcing the cast of the short film “The Rightway.” It is directed by Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Destry, and written by Stephen King’s son, Owen. The short film is also set to star Sean Penn’s son, Hopper Penn.

“Hollywood’s a meritocracy, right?” Leonard said, pointing out that three of the people involved are the children of nepotism.

[Lots of tweets]





In another thread:


Destry responded to both Stiller and Leonard, writing in a now-deleted tweet, “I am just a young aspiring female filmmaker who admires the art of cinema. People can argue nepotism, but I know deep down that I worked hard to get where I am and it wasn’t easy. Beyond proud of this film and proud of the team it took to make it.”

She then clarified her tweet by saying:

After the debate was featured in a segment on “The View,” Leonard wrote, “The other remarkable bit of this is that the conversation has been hijacked into a referendum on nepotism and the talents of its beneficiaries instead of one about the systems that prevent other talented people from having the opportunities their talent merits. Quite unfortunate.”


Sources: 1 | 2 | 3
Tags: actor / actress, celebrity social media, film director, nepotism
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