"Selma" Director Ava DuVernay: "Baffled" About LBJ Conflict, "Literally, People Cheer For LBJ At The End"

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Posted: Jan 08, 2015 12:08 PM
Ava DuVernay directed the 2014 film "Selma" about Martin Luther King Jr. and his Selma to Montgomery marches, which led to led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. JON STEWART: You know the "big controversy," is that Lyndon Baynes Johnson is not enough of a hero in this movie. Does it surprise you, because in the film, I'll be honest with you, when I read the controversy I expected the film to portray him as villainous, but he is in no way that. He's a politician. AVA DUVERNAY: Yeah, I know. JON STEWART: I'm a little baffled by it now. AVA DUVERNAY: I'm doing the same thing. Literally, people cheer in the theater for LBJ at the end of it. I'm a little baffled as to what the challenges are. But everyone has a right to their opinion. The bottom line is, we don't portray anyone as a saint or anyone as a sinner.

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