Steve McQueen on the Oscars whitewash: ‘I’m hoping we can look back and say this was a watershed moment’ https://t.co/eHb5ZnJuMn— The Guardian (@guardian) January 24, 2016
"I don’t think this is a “black” issue. I think this is our issue. If people want to categorise it as a black issue, that’s weird. Just like if I was talking about women in film. It’s my issue, too. It’s our issue. It’s about ‘we’.” He spells it out: “W.E; not M.E.”
“I made two British movies [Hunger and Shame] and I never met one person of colour in any below-the-line situations. Not one. No black, no Asian, no one. Like, hello? What’s going on here? Very odd....I expressly said in a meeting, ‘Look, I can’t make this movie in a situation where I don’t see any black faces other than my own behind the camera. We need to employ certain people.’ I made that very clear and it was attended to.”....Two African American assistant directors were quickly hired - to think those people won't have had the opporunity if he hadn't spoken up!
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