Ava DuVernay has no problem taking the heat for her progressive hiring decisions.
Speaking at the Gloria Awards in New York City Thursday night where she was receiving the Woman of Vision Award, the “A Wrinkle in Time” director recalled getting a warning call from a male friend and Directors Guild of America member, Vanity Fair reported.
The friend told her he was hearing complaints that she had hired only women directors on her TV series “Queen Sugar”, with some accusing her of discrimination.
DuVernay responded with gusto. “Thank you, friend, thank you for that call,” she said. “I invite you to tell whoever is feeling discriminated against to sue me so that I can sue every studio that has left women out… ’cause we can do this, if that’s what you want to do.”
As for why she made the decision to hire only women directors, DuVernay’s reply was straightforward: “Why did we do this? Because we can,” she said. “Because we can create spaces that nourish in our own image, in the same way that our male counterparts have created in their own image for over a century.”