Decorated film director Jane Campion is getting called out over her "arrogant and ignorant" comment she made about Venus and Serena Williams. As you know, the sisters are making their rounds at awards events as the executive producers behind the critically-acclaimed biographical film King Richard starring Will Smith.
During her Critics Choice Awards acceptance speech, Campion –– who is now the only woman in history to be nominated twice for the Best Director Oscar –– downplayed the sexism and racism the Williams sisters have been forced to navigate in Hollywood.
"Venus and Serena, you are such marvels, but you do not play against the guys like I have to," Campion said, sparking cheers and awkward glances from the crowd, and a full calling out on Twitter.
"jane taking time out of best director speech to tell two Black women that she is more oppressed than them is PEAK white feminism," Queen and Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith wrote on Twitter.
Others sounded off online over the remarks and even Venus and Serena's reaction to the speech.
Campion issued an apology Monday (March 14) calling the remarks "thoughts."
"I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved," Campion said. "I did not intend to devalue these two legendary Black women and world class athletes."