Steve McQueen Noticed Film Criticism Has a Racism Problem by Reading ‘Widows’ Reviews

IndieWire | 11/14/2018 | Staff
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Steve McQueen is once again earning acclaim from film critics, this time for his Viola Davis-starring heist drama “Widows.” The film currently boasts an impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes from over 130 reviews, and it turns out McQueen has been reading what critics have to say about his latest directorial offering. The director recently told BuzzFeed that in paying close attention to “Widows” reviews he’s noticed film criticism has a problem with inherent racism and sexism.

“Through the critique of this movie, I’ve seen sexism in a way and racism in a way, which is interesting, even if it’s a positive review,” McQueen said. “People don’t even notice that, but when you’ve got 90% of the critics are white males, that’s what happens.”

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“Widows” features a cast dominated by women and actors and actresses of color, which has made it clear to McQueen while reading reviews of the film that subtle racism and sexism is very much a real problem film critics needs to be aware of and correct. McQueen said the problem should be a rallying call for a more inclusive field of film reviewers.

“We need more women directors. We need more black directors,” McQueen said. “We need more of a diversity across the board of representations...
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